Grace before Everything

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”—G. K. Chesterton HT:…

Could You be Satisfied?

John Piper writes in God is the Gospel: The critical question for our generation – and for every generation – is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed,…

Advent Readings

A friend and fellow CREC pastor, Randy Booth, has put together a collection of daily scripture readings and devotionals for the season of Advent and the 12 days of Christmas. He is posting those daily over on his blog, and you can sign up to have them sent to you directly through email. You can…

The Lord Fights for You

“Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex. 14:13-14) This meal is a weekly reminder that…

God is not a Scrooge

As we consider the story of the Exodus and the highly ambiguous record of the Israelites in Egypt and even after coming out of Egypt, and God’s great acts of deliverance throughout the story, we can only conclude that we serve a God of overwhelming grace and mercy. We serve a God who loves to…

Exodus 14:1-31: Mighty Deeds for a Mighty God

IntroductionThe crossing of the Red Sea is the climax of the Exodus from Egypt. It is the death and resurrection of Israel, the triumphant overthrow of all her enemies, and the revelation that Yahweh is God, and He fights for His people. Yahweh’s ArmiesIsrael is going up out of Egypt in military formation, as the…

Top Five Reasons I Can’t Get into Chuck

At the recommendation of several friends, I have watched half of the first season of the hit television sitcom Chuck, starring Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski. Now I certainly grant at least two possibilities that might undermine what follows. Those two possibilities are: 1. My sample size is much too small and creates an inaccurate…

Porn as a Public Health Menace

Here are a couple of articles from last spring collaborating with a recent report from the Witherspoon Institute’s recent study on the social effects of pornography. An anonymous woman writes about her own experience in the National Review Online: “Imagine a drug so powerful it can destroy a family simply by distorting a man’s perception…

Women of the Reformation or Here’s Hoping My Wife Will Open a Brewery

There’s a cool post here on some of the influential women of the Reformation including this on Katherine von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife: Katherine von Bora was a former nun who married Martin Luther. They were married for 21 years and had six children. Her quick tongue, humor, and stubbornness matched Martin’s—no small feat. She…

Slavery breeds Captivity

Michael Walzer again: While Israel entered the promised land, much of their experience in that land was a return to Egypt. Walzer explains: “So the land of Canaan did not exactly flow with milk and honey, but there was milk and honey and flesh to fill the pots. The extended meaning of the promise —…