Smile as You Eat

As you know, this table has been a topic of intense debate. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches tend to believe that something magical happens to the bread and wine in such a way as to justify bowing down to the bread and wine and praying to it because Jesus is believed to be…

Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

Karl Marx & Justification by Faith

Just had a fun time being interviewed by Classical Conversations radio yesterday. We talked about the Christian concept of work, the world as a treasure hunt, and how the Fall inhibits our labor. You can listen to the whole interview here. One of the questions I was asked, I thought I would elaborate on a…

Justice Drake Sumpter

Dear Friends, We’ve been so blessed by your kind words and prayers and help during this time. Thanks so much to all of you. This morning we met our son, Justice Drake Sumpter. He had ten fingers and ten tiny fat toes (like his big brothers). And he’s safely home with Jesus. A little about…

What This Meal Sounds Like

The most ideal way to learn a new language is through immersion. This is because language is not merely a mental phenomenon. Language is always incarnate. The meaning of words is bound up with inflection, facial expression, context, history. Words are short hand for actions, for rituals, for events, for feelings. In other words, all…

What is Sex For? (Part 2)

Introduction One of the points we have been seeking to drive home is a biblical celebration of different kinds of glories, particularly the God-given differences between men and women. The great temptation is to despise difference, to resent that others are not like us. This is sometimes because we believe we are better, a fear…

Bloody, Fierce, and Hard

This meal is a love feast. It teaches us what love actually is. Love is not a feeling you get. Love is not a ditch you fall into or cliff you fall off of. Love is not getting turned on. Love is not breaking the rules and grabbing what you want. Greater love has no…

What Is Sex For?

Introduction To begin with, it’s probably worth laying out a brief defense of a sermon on sex. First, Christian ministers need to preach on the topic of sex because God has spoken about it in His word – to fail to cover this topic is to fail to deliver His message. Second, human sexuality is…

Believe and Preach and Believe Some More

We are gathered here this morning because we believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is not just a religious idea, a religious box to check. This is the announcement that because Jesus died for sin and was raised from the dead on the third day, He is the King of Kings, the Lord of…

What Are Women For? (Part 2)

Introduction Perhaps one of the most countercultural claims of the Christian faith is the goodness of created difference. This doctrine is rooted in our Triune God who holds equality and difference together in perfect harmony. A Word About Equality The Bible clearly teaches that the image of God is equally shared by male and female…