Word made Flesh

Luke says of the transfiguration that Elijah and Moses “appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (Lk. 9:31). Literally, Luke says that they talked of His “exodus” which He was about to “fulfill” in Jerusalem. As Matthew’s use of the word “fulfill” also indicates, Jesus means…

Proverbs 31:28-31

Introduction In these last four verses, the word “praise” is used three times. This is the same root for the word “hallelujah” which is used throughout the Bible to offer praise to the God of Israel. In this context, the word is being used for a wise woman, and we do not confuse worship offered…

The Fortress of Forgiveness

Guilt magnifies our sins. It is God’s gift to the world that people feel guilty, most people — even unbelievers– feel some tinges of guilt at least sometimes. And the Holy Spirit is the Helper in this. He shines the light of the gospel in the dark basements and attics of our souls so we…

Somehow Joy

There is always the danger of the health and wealth gospel. This dime store Jesus puts out like a hooker, and the shyster pastors on TV are his pimps. We have no use for such healer and dealer players. But on the other side of the spectrum, we have the Puddleglums of Christendom who are…

This Christmas Life

Life in the Garden of Eden was an invitation to Christmas every day. The Garden had two Christmas trees: one for now, one for later. And the place was piled up high with presents: fruit and plants and animals, sunsets, natural springs, and love, all wrapped by our loving Father with the glory of the…

The Original Hippie Dad

I think it was Mark Horne who pointed out in his commentary on the Gospel of Mark that when Jesus calls the twelve disciples he takes privileges that normally only fathers take: he names and renames the twelve. Simon, He calls Peter, James and John are the Sons of Thunder, etc. And several of them…

Creation as Incarnation

It has been pointed out that the Spirit hovering over Mary was the same Spirit that hovered over the waters in Genesis. Jesus was incarnated in the womb of the virgin ex nihilo. The womb of Mary was formless, void, and dark. The Spirit hovered, God spoke, and the Word became flesh. But this works…

Missionaries Hurting the Cause of Christ

In Reformation in Foreign Missions, Bob Finley describes the problems with the modern tradition of foreign missions. In particular, he points to the stumbling blocks created by the vast economic disparity between most western missionaries and the people they minister to: “Missionaries’ houses served to assist the Communist cause in China. Zealous young Marxists would…

Lowering the Standard

Couple of great posts on parenting from Nancy Wilson: “Rather a row of squirmy kids with mismatched socks who are happy and love their parents than a battalion of persecuted and long-faced misery counting the minutes until church is over.” Read them here and here.

The Table That Only Has Highchairs

As you all know, we welcome our baptized children to this table. This is because Jesus said unless you are converted and become as little children you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He says let the little children come to me for of such is the Kingdom of God. This means that the qualification…