How Confession of Sin Can Make Things Worse

So I tweeted a couple days ago that there’s a way to do a weekly confession of sin that actually makes things worse rather than better. And there were a few questions. So here are a few thoughts on the matter. First, the Bible verse: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to…

The Gospel of Pain (Feat. Fun & Rihanna)

Take a pile of songs on the top of the Billboard Charts at random, close your eyes, and pick one, and chances are you’ve found a song that celebrates something ugly, abusive, hurtful, full of pain or at least fairly confused. Don’t misunderstand: I know the world is full of hurt, full of sin, full…

Justification & Glory

Christianity & Culture Sunday School: Session 2 Romans 5: Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Introduction Last week we saw…

No Other Savior

Our sermon text today demands that we, like Israel of old, reckon with the question: is there any other god? Is there any other Savior? That is the fundamental question, the most important question in your day to day life. When the kids are screaming and disobeying, the question is: is there any other god?…

Strange Hospitality

When we say that this table is God’s hospitality to us, and is therefore the motivation and driving force behind our hospitality to one another and the strangers, orphans, and widows around us, we are talking about a kind of hospitality that is actually very foreign to the world. It was foreign in the Old…

God Made People for Glory

Christianity & Culture Sunday School: Session 1 Romans 2: Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath…

The Hospitality of Jesus

This coming week, we’re beginning Parish Groups. One of the central reasons for Parish Groups is this table. And this year, we’re focusing on this particular theme. In a sense, every Sunday we meet as one large Parish Group. We sing together, pray together, study Scripture together, and eat together. Jesus invites us to His…

Jesus Calls You

This Church belongs to Jesus. This is His church. Our senior pastor is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the head of the entire Church, the Chief Shepherd, and by His Word and Spirit, directly oversees and governs the affairs of every single Christian congregation in the world. This isn’t just a nice, pious thought; this is…

David & Emily

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Peter Leithart, TRC, and Taking Over the World for Jesus

Dear Trinity Saints & Friends, About month or so ago Peter Leithart told me about a plan that he and a few other men had begun talking and praying about, and tonight Peter announced that plan to the heads of households of Trinity Reformed Church. The plan is called Trinity Institute, a pastoral/theological study center…