He Lives So You May Live

Holy Saturday 2015 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know – this Jesus, being delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified…

Marriage for Glory #3: What does it mean to “obey” your husband?

Third Sunday in Epiphany 2015 [Note: the audio for this sermon can be found here.] Introduction We come now to the question: What does it mean to obey your husband? A Christian woman obeys her husband by ministering the grace of God to him through her gentle and quiet spirit and fearlessly following his lead….

Must Sinners Stay Dead?

One of the most glaring problems for those who deny that Christ’s death was in any way a penal substitution for the sins of men is the throbbing death knell sounding throughout the pages of Scripture. Critics of PSA (penal substitutionary atonement) often claim that Christ’s death need not be considered the punishment due for…

The Bible as Food

When we read the Bible we always want to be careful and pray that God would not let us just run on autopilot. We want to seek what God has for us. In the gospel reading from John, Jesus has just warned the Jews that they have made an idol of the Scriptures. They think…

The Provoking Mercy of God

Minor Prophets IX: Jonah Introduction Jonah is the most famous minor prophet. Jonah ministered during the same era as Hosea and Joel, during the days of Jeroboam II (2 Kings 14:25) – probably early 8th century B.C. 50-70 years before the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. In…

A Translation of God’s Logic

The words ‘God said’ appear ten times in the creation account. In this way the creation narrative anticipates the Ten Commandments. This makes us realize that these Ten Commandments are, as it were, an echo of the creation; they are not arbitrary inventions for the purpose of erecting barriers to human freedom but signs pointing…

The Cause of the Stench

Morning Prayer Ex. 7:8-24, 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6 In Biblical imagery, it’s no accident that Satan shows up as a serpent or a dragon, and following this, satanic rulers are pictured as serpents and dragons and sea monsters. The seed of the serpent is at war with the seed of the woman. And there’s a family…

We Worship in Heaven

One way to understand why we worship the way we do is that our worship is modeled on heaven. When Isaiah glimpses God high and lifted up, he sees the angels worshiping, singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!” Then when John sees the vision in Revelation, once again he sees the angels and…

Truly Revolutionary

In recent years, there has been growing interest in an explicitly Christian economics. I’m afraid that a lot of what passes for Christian writing and sloganeering on economics is about as authentic as the pre-ripped jeans you can get down at the Buckle for a hundred bucks a pop. But hey, the cool kids might…

The Wisdom that Makes You Wise

It’s pretty striking that Proverbs 9 presents two women Wisdom and Folly. They both have houses, and they are both serving meals. And they both call to the simple, to those who need understanding. But eating at their tables has opposite results. The one who eats at Wisdom’s table forsakes foolishness and lives. The one…