Fornicating on the Battlefield

Just imagine for a moment that this is reality: You’re on a battlefield. It’s dark. Chaotic. Cold wind is whipping your face. The stench of death fills the air. Corpses of demons lie all around you and the field is soaked in blood. You can hear the sounds of armor and weapons colliding while sparks are flying….

Ritual is for Revolutionaries

Ritual is simultaneously conservative and revolutionary in the way carpentry is. Once you have mastered the technique of driving a nail, there is no reason to experiment with new ways of doing it; but you learn to drive nails because you want to build new things. Far from yearning for a golden, changeless past, “ritualists”…

The Gray Twilight

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt, cited in The Christian Almanac, 698.

First Sunday of Advent: Seeing the City: Gen. 22:1-17, Heb. 11:8-22, Mk. 12:39-13:13

Introduction Advent means “coming,” and Advent celebrates God as the God who comes near to His people. This year we are using Heb. 11:10 as the thematic touchstone for the season: “For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Summary of the texts: Hebrews describes the faith of…

Advent Prayers

Occasionally people have asked what my family does for Advent. I’ve posted a summary of our weekly tree-decorating antics here. We’re also doing the Advent wreath/candle custom this year, and I found these simple prayers that I’m using with the kids. These are so short and simple that they are easy for me (or mom)…

Campaigns, Seasons, and Advent

The good people over at Mars Hill have a nifty little PDF e-book called “Campaigns,” and I heartily recommend it to you. It struck me reading through it that this strategy for uniting a church around a particular mission and coordinating all teaching, preaching, small groups, music and arts around it is actually an incredibly…

Equipment for Relating to Others

As God is one and three, as God’s being is being in communion, so human being is being in communion. Made in the image of the triune God, we are always embedded in networks of relationship, long before we are conscious of that fact. Before we could talk or “make up our own mind,” we…

How Sabbath Builds Culture

I have an article up over at the Credenda website today. Check it.

Bring Sabbath With You

This coming week many of us will be gathering together with friends and relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we do so, we need to remember this meal, this Thanksgiving. This is where God is teaching us how to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is where God is teaching us how to eat together and live together in…

Last Sunday of Trinity Season: Fourth Commandment 3

Introduction Previously, we have seen that Sabbath pushes us outside of ourselves, commanding us to remember the people around us, guarding them, giving them life and rest, making a holy people. Last week, we focused primarily on the Sabbath building project. Sabbath is for giving ourselves and our resources to the building of God’s house….