Pastoral Ministry, Pink Hair, and the Gospel

Since it’s come to my attention that there has not been nearly enough discussion of the typological and gospel nuances inherent in pink hair, I wanted to do whatever I could to rectify the situation. Ha, that’s a little joke there, people. If you’re just tuning in, you can go back and read my posts…

Where is the Kingdom?

Luke LIV: Lk. 17:20-37 Introduction This text is about what the Kingdom of God is like and therefore how Christians are to go about seeking it and building it. The Text: Having rebuked the Pharisees for prizing the wrong things (Lk. 16:15), the Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God will come (Lk. 17:20)….

Contagious Joy

Luke LIII: Lk. 17:1-19 Introduction In Escape from Reason, Francis Shaeffer argues that one of the central elements of the turn of Western Civilization away from God has been a turn toward despair – a certain hopelessness about God, human life, and the universe. Despair tends to spread bitterness and apathy, but Jesus came to…

The Great Fixed Chasm

Luke LII: Lk. 16:19-31 Introduction This is the third story in row that Jesus has told about a rich man. Remember that the context of all three is the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes, that Jesus receives sinners and eats with them (Lk. 15:2). The point is to make us care about what God…

Elders as Fathers

“I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I…

Entering Into His Joy

Luke L: Lk. 15:1-32 Introduction This famous chapter of Luke focuses on how God responds when sinners repent, and our temptations when that happens. God rejoices when sinners repent, but sinners are tempted to sin by not entering into His joy. Summary of the Text: This chapter consists of three stories about things that have…

When God Sent the First Tweet

Ok, so social media is a gigantic topic, and one that will not be exhausted here or anywhere anytime soon. But one we need to be working on. First, Christians (of all people) need to quit whining and complaining about Facebook and Twitter, etc. This is like Christians complaining about books or newspapers or magazines…

Ash Wednesday 2017

  One of the striking elements of our Ash Wednesday service is the recitation of the curses of the covenant found in Deuteronomy 27. This was included in Thomas Cranmer’s original Ash Wednesday service, and Martin Bucer – John Calvin’s mentor – said it was a “particularly wholesome ceremony” and went so far as to…

An Armory for Modern Christians #4

The Necessity of a Christian Education Introduction So far in this series, we established that God has acted decisively in Jesus Christ in order to begin to take back this world from the lies and destruction of sin, death, and Satan. This power has been granted to believers through the Spirit, the Word, and prayer…

God our Savior

NSA Morning Prayer Exhortation Jer. 21:11-14, Acts 2:37-41 Whenever God confronts people with sin, He does so in love. His fierce wrath is always also a jealous love. God hates what sin does to His world and to those He has made. His hatred of evil drives Him to confront it in every form. At…