A Feast for the Hungry

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Is. 55:1) Isaiah promised the restoration of Israel and said that the sign of that restoration would be a lavish feast spread for the hungry…

Not Even Death

When we say Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! We are not merely making a declaration about what happened to one man 2000 years ago. We of course mean that too, but we also mean much more than that. We mean much for than that because what happened means much more than that. When…

Jesus is Not a Victim: Good Friday 2013

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment I received of my Father.” (Jn. 10:17-18)…

Broken for the Broken

This table is for sinners. This meal is not for good people. This bread is not for people who have their act together. This wine is not for people who have never made enormous mistakes. No, this bread is broken because Jesus was broken for the broken. This wine is His blood because Jesus bled…

The Kind of Lovely that Stays

Jesus came as the Second Adam, and this means the renewal of the human race. Last week, the exhortation was particularly aimed at men. This week the exhortation is for the women. Ladies, the Bible teaches that your glory, your strength is found particularly in your beauty and your powers of nurturing life. This glory…

A Party in Here

Is God good? That’s not just a question about intentions or absence of evil. I mean is God good? And if it’s God we’re talking about, He doesn’t get His attributes from the thrift store. He didn’t pick His goodness up at a garage sale. His attributes are not two sizes too small or something He…

The Exodus of Jesus

Our sermon text is about a new Exodus that God promises through Isaiah, an Exodus out of exile into freedom, into glory. In the gospels, the turning point in Jesus’ ministry, when He turns His face toward Jerusalem, is the transfiguration, when Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus, and He shines with the glory of…

Jesus Was Not a Victim

Rich Bledsoe writes: The book of Hebrews speaks of the “deceitfulness of sin.” Once sin is unmasked one way, it transmutes itself like a virus into a slightly different form that is immune to the old antidotes. We live in the very odd day when the Christian Gospels have done a great deal of work…

Tiny Empires

Jesus came as the Second Adam, the beginning of a new human race. And this means the restoration of men and women to their respective glories. This week I want to address men in particular, and Lord willing, next week I will address the women. Men, you were created to be strong. You were created…

The Public Gospel

One of the hallmarks of Peter Leithart’s work has been the public nature of the Christian faith. To say that Jesus is King is to make a highly charged political claim. Worship is a political act. The sacraments are public, objective realities that proclaim cosmic truth to power regardless of and often despite the intentions…