No Love Lost

“Who has taken counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traders are the honorable of the earth? The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to bring to dishonor the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.” (Is. 23:8-9) Pastor Leithart has pointed out that…

The God of Jacob is our Fortress

Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, though the mountains be cast into the sea. Though the waters roar and are troubled, and though the mountains shake with its swelling.” And this is all because there is…

The Augustinian Project

What the Church needs is a renewal of the Augustinian project. We need to disentangle the American story from the Christian story and to insist on the preeminence of the latter. -Peter Leithart, Against Christianity, 64.

Charge to Deacons

Related to the sermon I preached yesterday on diaconal ministry, below is the charge that we give to new deacons when they are ordained at Trinity: Charge to Deacons: (Name), you have received of the Lord Jesus to serve his church as a deacon, according to the word of the Apostles, that the elders and pastors…

14th Sunday in Trinity: Diaconal Ministry: Acts 6:1-7

Introduction In the last few years, God has granted us growing awareness and opportunities to minister to those in need. While all believers are called to this kind of love (e.g. Js. 2:15-17, 1 Jn. 3:17), the biblical pattern is that deacons are to lead this charge, assessing the gifts, strengths, and assets of the…

The Grace of Working with Your Hands

“But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; that you also aspire to…

The Greater the Service, the Greater the Glory

Proverbs says that the glory of men is their strength. But since the first sin in the Garden of Eden it has been the tendency and the temptation of men to be lazy. Adam didn’t guard his wife, didn’t protect her from sin or the serpent; he didn’t work hard at what God had put…

An Appendage of American Culture

American democracy … [has turned] the gospel into a support for the global spread of democracy and reducing the Church to a timid and tolerant participant in “democratic process.” This may not be surprising in itself, since politicians have often seen the Church as a means to a political end. What is disturbing is that…

Empire of Wickedness

To exult in a crucified Messiah had radical political implications. Every time Paul said that the criminal on the Roman cross was Lord and Christ, he was implying that the empire was in the grip of some enormity of wickedness and folly. -Peter Leithart, Against Christianity, 61.

The Dark Side of Genius

The figure of the Fool is widely misunderstood. He is neither a jester nor a clown nor an idiot. He is, instead, the dark side of genius. For if a genius has the ability to see and make connections beyond the normal range of vision, the fool is one who can see — and disconnect….