As Real as Salamanders

Are baptism and the Supper symbols or realities? It is a false question. Words are symbols, but we know that words have enormous power for good or evil. A flag, a handshake, a kiss, a poster, are symbols but they are clearly as real as stars and snakes and salamanders. So, to say that the…

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Seventh Commandment I: Josh. 24:14-28, James 4:1-10, Lk. 16:13-31

Introduction Physical adultery is always the result of spiritual adultery. If we want to be faithful to our spouse, we must first be faithful to our God. Joshua 24 Joshua gathers all of the elders of Israel together to renew the covenant with them before God (Josh. 24:1). Joshua reviews Israel’s history, particularly focusing on…

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Sixth Commandment II: Prov. 4:10-5:6, Heb. 13:1-17, Jn. 10:7-18

Introduction We could go in numerous directions with the sixth commandment, but I want to focus our attention this morning on the connection between our duty to honor life and human sexuality. The Text Solomon pleads with his son to listen to his instructions so that his life may be blessed (Pr. 4:10). This reminds…

Third Sunday in Lent: Sixth Commandment I: Gen. 3:1-24, Rom. 5:1-21, Matt. 5:17-26

Introduction The prohibition of murder is fundamentally connected to our doctrines of life, death, sin, and salvation in Christ. The first Adam’s sin was in effect the first great murder, leading to millions more, but the second Adam was murdered for the salvation and resurrection of millions. The First Murder In the beginning God created…

The Exact Hem Lines of the Fig Leaf Skirts

God created the world good, and He created it for man to enjoy in communion with Him. God created trees and leaves and the rest of creation to be constant reminders of the presence of God so that in our enjoyment of them, we would meet and commune with our Father. But when our first…

How to Give Your Testimony if You Grew Up in the Church

If you grow up in some fire-eating baptist circles, you know from an early age that you are a black-hearted son of the serpent from conception, raging with murderous God-hating genes, and until you grow up and reveal your true colors, rebelling against every semblance of God, morality, and goodness, there is no hope for…

Like Ugly on Lady Gaga

If you’ve been around this blog or read or listened to much of anything I’ve been interested in over the last few years, you’d know that I’m a fan of robust, historic Christian worship. At Trinity, we follow a very traditional liturgy in our worship, we sing historic hymns and psalms and canticles and chants,…

Riding that One Trick Pony Off the Cliff of Orthodoxy

Faithful Christian life is full of tensions. From conversion to our last breath in these bodies in this life, I am convinced that God calls us to grow up into holding many things together which seem to lean apart. This is not irrationalism; this isn’t to accept contradictions. But tensions tempt the faithless to let…

Second Sunday in Lent: Fifth Commandment II: Gen. 17:1-11, 1 Jn. 2:1-17, Jn. 8:28-59

Introduction Looking out over the congregation at TRC, we must recognize the enormous blessing that is being bestowed upon us in our children (Ps. 127:3). But this should also be a regular reminder of the high calling and responsibility that comes along with these gifts. Some of you are tempted to despair constantly, and some…

Day 7: A Woman

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…