Frozen & The Great Spring to Come

Saw Frozen last night with the family, and it struck me that the climax of the movie is actually a fairly good picture of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus — not perfect, but pretty good. If you haven’t seen the movie, and don’t want to spoil it, you’d probably want to stop reading this post…

God Invades Flesh

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Is. 7:10-16, Rom. 1:1-7, Mt. 1:18-25 Introduction Christmas means that God invades the ordinary. God invades our unlikeliness. God invades the details. What did Salmon think, marrying the recently converted harlot from Jericho? What did Boaz think, marrying the Moabite widow? Ask A Sign When Isaiah instructs Ahaz to ask for…

Duck Dynasty, Smuggies, and Christmas

I’ve tried manfully not to post anything on the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty shindig. Not because I don’t have my opinions or thoughts but just cause I figured I’d just listen in to all the friendly chatter from the back porch. Besides it’s all snowy and white out here. But some of you drove me to…

God Invades

I’m surely not the first to notice this, but the intro to Romans 1 is purposefully chiastic: A. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle B. which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures C. concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, born of the seed of David, according…

The Grace of Repentance

Second Sunday in Advent: Is. 11:1-10, Rom. 15:4-13, Mt. 3:1-12 Introduction Repent! When the Lord is about to come, when He acts to save, when He comes to judge, the announcement is: Repent! And from the first advent to the last advent of Jesus, this is one of the fundamental calls of the gospel: God…

Our New Prophet

Exhortation for Morning Prayer Lessons: Amos 7:1-9, Rev. 1:1-8 In the Bible, a prophet is someone who has been invited into the counsels of God. He is a friend of God like Abraham, like Moses, like Amos who has been granted access to God’s deliberations about the story of human history. Amos deliberated with God about…

God in the Shadows

This table is a lesson in faith. Every week, Jesus gives us bread and wine and explains that by this meal, He assures us that our sins are forgiven and we are being knit together into one body because of His broken body and shed blood. Yet every week there are things that seek to…

A Surprise that Awaits the Whole World

Today is the First Sunday in Advent. Advent means “coming,” and during this season we focus on the good news of God’s coming. God has come to us in Jesus, and He will come at the end to judge the world in righteousness. But when we speak of God’s coming, it’s important that we do…

Keeping Jesus at the Center

Today is the last Sunday of Trinity Season, and next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. There are four Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. The Church calendar continues with Epiphany, Lent, and Easter, culminating at Pentecost. What you’ll notice is that half…

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….