Looking for Jesus

Advent and Christmas are upon us, beginning this Sunday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Church Calendar, it might be helpful to think of it as a traditional devotional guide. Many of you follow various Bible reading plans or use devotional guides or attend Bible studies to work through various passages of…

Shining Faces

In our sermon text today, we noted that the tabernacle and the priests were anointed with oil for their dedication. In the New Testament, all Christians are ordained to the new priesthood through the water of baptism and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. But in James 5 it says that if anyone is sick,…

Pleading with Joy

This is the last Sunday in Trinity Season. This is the close of the second half of the Church year in which we celebrate the work of the Spirit since Pentecost in the history of the Church. We remember the powerful work of the Spirit in the ordinary things of life and in ordinary people…

How the Reformation became a Revolution

The Reformation would not have happened if ordinary people had not convinced themselves that they were actors in a cosmic drama plotted by God: that in the Bible he had left them a record of his plans and directions as to how to carry them out. Their revolution was not simply a search for personal…

It’s Sexy to Talk Like a Revolutionary

A while back Doug Wilson posted some great thoughts on Jamie Smith’s book Desiring the Kingdom. Doug writes: His thesis, on paper, seems great. Worship shapes desire, and we should measure our success in the church and in the academy by how well we do in forming particular kinds of people — people who love…

Cute Mormon Secularists

So my wife and I schlepped our way through one of the more recent offerings in the “romantic comedy” genre last night. Turned the first one off out of pure boredom (despite the reputations of the actors). The one we actually watched was only slightly better, but the fact that casual sex was presented in…

Priest as New Creation

In Exodus 39, the priestly garments are made with the echoing refrain: “… as the Lord commanded Moses.” It’s no accident that this refrain is repeated 7 times, mimicking the seven days of creation: Day 1: Light & Darkness: 39:1: Holy garments for service Day 2: Firmament: 39:2-5: Ephod Day 3: Dry Land, Seas, Seed…

Remaking the World: 24th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 37-38

Introduction As we have noted previously, the construction of the tabernacle is intended to enact the re-creation of the world (e.g. Ex. 25-31). It is to follow the “pattern” which God showed Moses on the mountain (Ex. 25:9, 40, Acts 7:44). That pattern is ultimately the presence of God on the mountain come down to…

Fundy Politics

I’m not much of a political pundit. I suppose this is because I’m a child of my generation, born wedged at the end of Generation X and at the beginning of Generation Y (according to the venerable Wikipedia). I’m an old Millenial or a baby GenXer, one way or the other. I have skepticism and disillusionment…

Trampling Death Beneath Our Feet

Since a few folks have asked for a copy, here’s the prayer I offered at Mike Rench’s memorial service this last Friday: Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling over death by death. O Death, where is your sting! O Hell, where is your victory! But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory…