Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

An exhortation I gave to New St. Andrews students the other day… Introduction Since we are coming down to the end of the school year and weather is warming up, I thought it would be good to remind you that part of the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our brains. Moses…

What Are Parents For? #2

So then, we are committed to imitating our faithful, heavenly Father who because He loves us, disciplines us, teaching us obedience through pain (Heb. 5:8, 12:7-11). But God is perfect and omniscient, two qualities all human parents lack. We do not know all things, and even if we did, we wouldn’t respond in righteousness. But…

A Different Way of Drinking

As you know, we are not a community of teetotalers. If you go to dinner at one another’s houses, it is not rare to be offered beer or wine with dinner. And of course at the center of our celebratory culture is the Lord’s Supper, a feast of bread and wine. This is a wonderful…

Praisemakers

There are many uncertainties in life. Will I get married? Will I have children? Will I die young? Will it hurt? Will the economy collapse? Will I get the job I hope for? Will I succeed? How will I be remembered? But part of the grace of Jesus is how He cuts through our questions….

Jesus is Enough Life

Second Sunday in Easter: Col. 3:1-11 What is life? What does it mean to be alive? On the one hand we might define it purely physically, biologically: a heart beat, lungs breathing, a certain level of brain wave activity. When God created Adam, He breathed life into him, and he became a living being. But…

Jesus is Enough Freedom: Col. 2:16-23

Introduction We said last week that forgiveness is the foundation of our resistance to all lies, half truths, and empty philosophies. This is because guilt is what makes us vulnerable. Guilt is what makes us captive to every tyranny. It doesn’t allow us to see clearly.  But the flip side of this truth is therefore…

Paid in Full

In my sermon this last week, I said that God’s approval of us is not based on our performance but based solely on Jesus and what He has done for us. A reasonable question might be: But what about the fact that the Bible somewhat frequently describes God’s disapproval based on people’s performances? Don’t people…

Jesus is Enough Forgiveness: Col. 2:8-15

Introduction Today we continue Paul’s letter to the Colossians, particularly looking at Paul’s warning to be on guard against empty philosophies and traditions. Instead, Paul urges us to rest secure in the fortress of forgiveness because Jesus is enough forgiveness. Summary of the Text: Paul has already alluded to the possibility of “enticing words” (2:4),…

Jesus is Enough Wisdom: Col. 2:1-7

Introduction Paul writes the Colossians to assure them that Jesus is enough grace, power, glory, and today we consider the fact that Jesus is enough wisdom. Because Jesus is the very image of the invisible God (1:15), He is the perfect, complete Word of the Father to us. Jesus is our understanding, our wisdom. Summary…

Jesus is Enough Glory: Col. 1:21-29

Introduction Paul has assured the Colossians that Jesus is enough grace, Jesus is enough power, and this week we consider the fact that Jesus is enough glory. Summary of the Text: Paul turns to address the Colossians directly following his exaltation of Jesus (1:15-20). He reminds them that they have experienced the power of Jesus…