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…

God Wants Your Heart

Sixth Sunday in Epiphany Lessons: Dt. 30:15-20, 1 Cor. 3:1-9, Mt. 5:1-37 Introduction As we noted last week, the commandments of God have always been meant to offer God’s people life with Him. And those who looked to God in faith tasted some of that fellowship (e.g. Moses, David, etc.). But the law simultaneously displayed…

Duck Dynasty, Smuggies, and Christmas

I’ve tried manfully not to post anything on the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty shindig. Not because I don’t have my opinions or thoughts but just cause I figured I’d just listen in to all the friendly chatter from the back porch. Besides it’s all snowy and white out here. But some of you drove me to…

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…

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…

Parables & Dark Sayings

Psalm 78 calls Israel to hear a “parable” (mashal) and a “dark saying” (cheedah) (cf. Ps. 49). Proverbs opens introducing wisdom that will give the simple tools to understand the “parable” and the “dark saying.” So what are “parables” and “dark sayings” anyway? Though not exhaustive definitions, the first uses of these words in the…

See Him Everywhere, Love Him Everywhere

In our Old Testament reading this morning, we read the famous Shema of Israel, the Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Here, God reminds Israel that they are to love God with all that they are, and that they are to teach that faith to their children by talking about it…

First Sunday in Lent: Fifth Commandment: Dt. 6:16-25, Eph. 5:1-11, 6:1-4, Mt. 20:20-28

Introduction While we frequently assume that the fifth commandment is particularly for our children, there is no reason to assume that this word was any less directed at the rest of Israel than the others. In fact, if this command does anything, it actually assumes that all of Israel qualifies as children, and therefore the…

Like St. Paul’s Hipster Clone

Phil Johnson has replied here, mostly to Doug Wilson’s post but mentions me as well at a couple of points, so I’ll throw out a few other comments for whatever it’s worth. First off, Doug’s follow up post here is really helpful in defining the issues and terms, and I’m in full agreement with it….

Our Offer of Peace

“When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you and serve you. Now if…