Jesus Died with You in Mind

This meal is a covenantal meal. Jesus said specifically: this cup is the new covenant in His blood. A covenant is a real, personal relationship, sealed in blood, with blessings and curses attached to it. Keeping covenant results in blessings while breaking covenant hauls out the curses. But how do we keep covenant? How do…

Get Bloody

In today’s sermon text, God gives the instructions for the priests’ garments. One of the things to notice is that God wants Israel to view the priest as a sort of warrior. His garments are like armor. He wears a breastplate, shoulder guards, and a robe like a coat of mail. To be near to…

Glory & Beauty

9th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 27-28: Lessons: Ex. 28:1-30, 1 Pet. 2:1-12, Jn. 17:20-26 Introduction We continue to work through the book of Exodus this morning and the instructions for building the tabernacle and establishing faithful worship there. Today we look particularly at God’s determination to share His glory and beauty with His people. The…

Jared & Janine

The fact that we’re standing here today like this, with smiles on our faces about to celebrate this particular marriage is a miracle. There’s no good reason for this. There’s nothing really ordinary about any wedding. When you think about all the twists and turns in peoples’ lives, decisions to move, decisions to take particular…

Jesus & the Bikinis

There’s hardly any way to talk about the way women dress without coming off as the voyeristic pervert, the old cranky prude, or the fire-eating, Bible-thumping legalist, but whatever, there is a verse in the Bible somewhere that says Christian girls shouldn’t dress like harlots. And every once in a while someone should say so….

Girard on the Atonement

In an interview published in Touchstone, Rene Girard, explains his understanding of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross: You have advocated what is seen as a “non-sacrificial” reading of the death of Christ that is significantly at odds with the usual understanding of that death as a “hilasterion” that satisfies the wrath and justice of God….

Why Fight?

Why enter the fray? Many Christians would rather not argue about anything. Look at all the divisions in the church. Look at all the infighting. Jesus didn’t say that we would be known for our denominations. He said we’d be known for our love for one another. Great witness, modern church, way to go. And…

Liturgy, Glory, and Homosexuality

So a few days a go I posted a quote from private correspondance by Rich Bledsoe concerning the connection between liturgical worship and homosexuals. His thoughts came in response to some recent posts like this and this. For what it’s worth, the broader context of his comments actually included the point that the Orthodox Church is finally…

Why Liturgical Churches Attract Homosexuals

One of the things that all liturgical churches have to come to grips with is that we have been so de-glorified for so long, that the very glory of the liturgy attracts a faux following, a fake following. To be blunt, a homosexual following. If the woman is the glory of the man, the homosexual…

Mark & Hannah

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body…