The Assault Weapons of the Spirit

While I’m on the Reformation, I’d just like to make a comment about worship music in general. Channeling some of what James Jordan has pointed out in the past: you can probably identify some of the most potent practices in the church by following how they get distorted or marginalized in the history of the…

Glory Fat

This last Sunday I got back into my sermon series on the Ten Commandments, picking back up with the Fifth Commandment. As you may note in the outline published a few posts below this one, we traced some of the connotations of the word “honor,” particularly in Exodus. I need to make one clarification about…

The Reformation was an Exodus

The Reformation was an Exodus: Luther, Bucer, Calvin, Knox and their sidekicks were the Moses and Aaron and Joshua and Caleb of the 16th century, and they led a great mixed multitude out of an Egypt that had arisen in the very Church of God. The Pope had become a tyrannical pharaoh, and his bishops…

Day 5: The Circus

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…

First Sunday in Lent: Fifth Commandment: Dt. 6:16-25, Eph. 5:1-11, 6:1-4, Mt. 20:20-28

Introduction While we frequently assume that the fifth commandment is particularly for our children, there is no reason to assume that this word was any less directed at the rest of Israel than the others. In fact, if this command does anything, it actually assumes that all of Israel qualifies as children, and therefore the…

Day 4: Face to Face

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…

Good Works as Starting Glory-Fires

Please note: All the best stuff in here is cheerfully and unabashedly stolen from James Jordan. Servant Leadership Talk for Knight’s Festival at Logos School “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,…

Chesterton on Christian & Pagan Asceticism

“The essential difference between Christian and Pagan asceticism lies in the fact that Paganism in renouncing pleasure gives up something which it does not think desirable; whereas Christianity in giving up pleasure gives up something it thinks very desirable indeed.” – G.K. Chesterton

The Discipline of the Grace of Donuts

If you feel guilty about missing your Bible reading, morning prayers, or family devotions, stop it. There is no sin called “missing Bible reading.” Those are man-made traditions, and you won’t get an ounce holier by keeping them. You are free. There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. You are…

Day 3: My Brother Getting Married

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…