Top 12 Blog Posts of 2012

Hey there, everybody. Merry Seventh Day of Christmas and Happy New Year to you. I’ve recently been enjoying reading some of the other lists out there, reminded of a few posts I really enjoyed and found a few along the way that I had missed… so in the Christmas spirit of giving, I thought I’d…

Looking for Jesus: Part 5 & the Gospel According to the Child

This week in our series, Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible and the World Through New Eyes, we’re answering the question: What does the Bible do? And our theme is children. These two things actually go together so well, that I’m just going to combine them for today’s sermon rather than taking them sequentially….

The Gospel According to Gifts

Once upon a time, in the beginning, God gave. God spoke the universe into existence, and God gave reality, God gave existence, God gave all things. Creation itself was the first birthday party, the first festival, the first baby shower, the first graduation party, first wedding reception. The world was created, the world was born,…

Looking for Jesus: Part 4

[Note: I've broken my sermon from last Sunday into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: What Should We Expect to Find in the Bible?, and I've linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to Gifts.] This Fourth Sunday in Advent we continue our series…

The Newtown inside all of Us

There’s a Newtown, Connecticut inside all of us. Everyone hurts. Everyone reels. Everyone sees the pictures, sees the names, reads their stories, and we all swallow back the tears. Death hurts. Death stings. We mourn with those who mourn. There’s the initial ache (and we do). I have a six year old daughter, who might…

Looking for Jesus: Part 3

[Note: I've broken my sermon into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: How Should We Read the Bible?, and I've linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to the Lights.] This week we continue our series Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible…

The Gospel According to the Lights

Once upon a time, God created light. God spoke light. His first word was literally light. And it shone in the darkness. You could see because God had spoken. The Triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, eternally, forever bound in an indescribable glory, an unapproachable light, created a visible glory, a visible light, a robe…

Wodehouse Reality Television by C.S. Lewis (& Jesus)

What would happen if (God help you) you pulled one of those lurid, wide-eyed tabloids off the newsstand at the grocery checkout and started reading, only to find out by the time you reached the back cover you’d just read a gospel tract, repented of several sins, and recommitted your life to Christ? What if…

The Gospel According to the Wasteland

Once upon a time, God created life in excelsis and fruitfulness gushing, overflowing: plants and flowers exploding in aromas, colors, fruit; land animals scuffling, snorting, bellowing; sea creatures diving and spouting and swarming; birds singing, darting, perching, preening; and people laughing, dancing, running, leaping, building, painting, inventing, discovering (at least for a little while). In…

Looking for Jesus: Part 2

[Note: I've broken my sermon into two parts for navigating convenience. This is the first part: Why Should We Read the Bible?, and I've linked to the second post which was the second half of the sermon: The Gospel According to the Wasteland.] This week we continue our series Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the…