Cain & Abel & the Weight of Glory

Cain and Abel are the history of the human race in microcosm. We have true worship and false worship, faithfulness and unfaithfulness, love and hatred all bound up in one story, one episode. From this point, down through all of history, this is all we have: Cains or Abels and nothing but the two. You…

13th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 32

Introduction When things are going really well, many are tempted to think: just wait, in a few minutes it’s all coming down. We have a sinking sensation that when things begin going well, we’re headed for some kind of disaster. This is our innate knowledge of the curse of sin, the curse of the Fall….

An Edible Rainbow

Jesus died so that we might be at peace with God, so that we might know that nothing can come between us and God’s blessing and goodness. God will not change His mind. God will not turn away from His own. God will keep His word because God is faithful even though we are not….

Egyptian Hearts

In our sermon text today, Israel breaks covenant with the Lord by making a golden calf and corrupting themselves with false worship. It’s tempting to think that we are far more advanced, enlightened, and that we are not nearly as stupid. But centuries later, Stephen, preaching to the Jews about Jesus explains why they did…

Exhortation for Knox Presbytery 2012

God made men for glory. The glory of young men is their strength; silver hair is a crown of glory for older men. Children crown their fathers; grandchildren crown their grandfathers with glory. A wife is a crown of glory for man. God made men for glory. He put Aaron and his sons in garments…

Fight for Your Right to Party: Job vs. Shane Claiborne

I wrote an article with Peter Leithart a few years back for Touchstone Magazine which you can find here, in which we argued that the book of Job provides a curriculum, a template of sorts for how God loves to grow His people up into maturity, particularly a maturity that is increasingly drawn into the…

Knowing God is Hearing God

“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 Jn. 4:6) John says to first century Christians that they could tell who their friends should be based on who they listen…

The Most Dangerous Part of Baptism

All baptisms are miracles. And this is precisely why baptisms are dangerous. Some recognize the danger and opt to tame the word of God, mute the Scriptures, and  they say that baptism is the word of man. This is what it means to say that baptism is a public testimony, a profession of faith, telling…

11th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 30-31: Lessons: Ex. 31:1-18, 1 Cor. 2:1-16, Jn. 13:3-17

Introduction We noted previously that the tabernacle is a portable Mt. Sinai, but Mt. Sinai and the tabernacle are also miniatures of the whole universe (Heaven-Sky-Earth-Sea) created in Genesis 1. The chapters we consider today finish and organize the instructions for the tabernacle in 7 speeches meant to illustrate and emphasize how big God’s plan…