The Power of God’s Pleasure

Is. 49:1-7, 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Isaiah says that the Lord chose a servant from the womb to be a glorious weapon, His sword, His arrow. This servant would be Israel in whom He would be glorified. Israel had wandered away from God. Judah had been scattered. But the plan was for a new Israel to…

6 Thoughts on Marriage & Remarriage in Babel

So one of the most challenging places the Church is called upon to exercise wisdom and judgment is in the matter of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The stakes really are high here, and bone-headed laxity on the one hand or severe legalisms on the other do no one any favors and can only add to…

Weak Before God; Strong Before Men

Ps. 71:1-6 “In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for…

The Threat of Grace

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Jer. 1:1-10, 1 Cor. 13:1-13, Lk. 4:21-30 Introduction Epiphany is the season that celebrates God’s glory bursting out into this world through Jesus. This began at His birth, but it went public at His baptism, in His miracles, and through His preaching and teaching the Scriptures. In many ways, we can…

The Glory of God’s Word

Third Sunday after Epiphany: Neh. 8:1-12 Introduction Bible reading has always been a hard topic. It has always been a topic that tends to guilt and sorrow. This is because we know that we are sinners, and the perfect law of liberty is a mirror that shows us who we really are (Js. 1:22-25). This…

To Meet That Glory

What is a man’s power? What is his strength? A woman’s power is her beauty, and this is not merely her appearance, but her grace, her complexity, her thoughtfulness, her goodness, her motherhood, her compassion, her industry, her submission to her husband, her home, her intelligence, her creativity, her way of life. A godly woman…

We Do Not Lose Heart

Just a few quick follow up thoughts on grace and justice in difficult pastoral situations. First, I linked a post from Tim Bayly this morning that is a great example of gracious, thoughtful disagreement with the way another session of elders has handled a difficult situation. It is helpful not only because of its tone…

Faith For Life

The sixth, seventh, and eighth videos are now out on Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts. If you have not yet watched them or shared them, I’d encourage you to do so. As many of us transition from the end of summertime into the school year, it might be easy to feel a slight tug to…

Preaching the Kingdom

Luke XVIII: Lk. 4:31-44 Introduction Jesus came healing the sick, but every single person that Jesus healed is dead. Every single healing Jesus performed was a temporary healing – they all eventually died. This raises questions about the healing ministry of Jesus. Why perform healings at all if they will only be temporary? And why…

The Victory of Jesus

Luke XVI: Lk. 4:1-14 Introduction Last week we looked at what temptation is, and why the Spirit led Jesus and sometimes leads us into the wilderness to be tested. This week, we look more closely at the three particular temptations the devil presents to Jesus and why it should be encouraging to know this part…