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…

What Are Women For?

Introduction The good news of the gospel is that Jesus came to save women. This of course implies that women need saving. But this also implies that God loves women. There is something gloriously unique and precious to God about a woman. Building a Woman Whereas the first man was made from the dust of…

With Christ in the Dark: Ps. 88

Sixth Sunday in Trinity Season: Psalm 88, 1 Pet. 4:12-19, Mk. 15:25-39 Introduction The Hebrew title of the book of Psalms means “praises,” but it may come as a surprise that that the most common kind of psalm is a lament. These are psalms that describe enemies or threats and cry out to God for…

Jesus, Rush, and the Nature of True Humility

God made this world, and so long as you’re alive, you can’t escape the way He made it. You might have qualms with gravity, but I’m afraid you’re going to go on living with it. And since at the center of the world is Jesus Christ, there is no life outside of Him. All things…

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…

We Call It Glory

Peter says that a godly man must honor his wife as the weaker vessel (1 Pet. 3:8). The fact that many Christians would turn a light shade of pink when this verse is read out loud is an indication of just how spineless and cowardly we have become. But still worse are the consequences that…

Priest as New Creation

In Exodus 39, the priestly garments are made with the echoing refrain: “… as the Lord commanded Moses.” It’s no accident that this refrain is repeated 7 times, mimicking the seven days of creation: Day 1: Light & Darkness: 39:1: Holy garments for service Day 2: Firmament: 39:2-5: Ephod Day 3: Dry Land, Seas, Seed…

Remaking the World: 24th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 37-38

Introduction As we have noted previously, the construction of the tabernacle is intended to enact the re-creation of the world (e.g. Ex. 25-31). It is to follow the “pattern” which God showed Moses on the mountain (Ex. 25:9, 40, Acts 7:44). That pattern is ultimately the presence of God on the mountain come down to…

Glory & Beauty

9th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 27-28: Lessons: Ex. 28:1-30, 1 Pet. 2:1-12, Jn. 17:20-26 Introduction We continue to work through the book of Exodus this morning and the instructions for building the tabernacle and establishing faithful worship there. Today we look particularly at God’s determination to share His glory and beauty with His people. The…

Palm Sunday: Seventh Commandment II: Isaiah 53-54:8, 1 Pet. 2:21-3:6, Jn. 16:16-24

Introduction Today marks the beginning of Holy Week or the week of the Passion, in which together with the saints throughout the world we remember the final events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are also continuing our study of the seventh commandment. Today we consider how Jesus is our…