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…

Finding Grace

Morning Prayer Exhortation Gen. 8/Heb 4 Man was created to be a priest, to take the gifts of God and to offer them up with thanksgiving and joy. The world was to be our altar, and every gift was meant to lift us up to His presence. But we grasped for gifts that had not…

More on Sustainable Yoga Practices vs. Jesus

Well, since this morning’s post generated some questions, let me try to take a scatter shot approach to answering at least a few of them. First, as I noted in the post, there is a huge (like the size of the universe) range of freedom in the dominion mandate given to Adam and Eve, and…

The World is a Treasure Hunt

Here are my notes for a talk I gave this morning at Logos School. I didn’t end up looking at my notes so it came together a bit differently than this, but this was the gist of the message. Introduction The first thing we need to get down is the fact that God is the…

What Is Sex For?

Introduction To begin with, it’s probably worth laying out a brief defense of a sermon on sex. First, Christian ministers need to preach on the topic of sex because God has spoken about it in His word – to fail to cover this topic is to fail to deliver His message. Second, human sexuality is…

Lamitudes

One of the ways Christians often handcuff themselves for the mission Jesus has given us is by misunderstanding the nature of sin. Here we need a heavy dose of Augustine who explained that evil is the absence of good, the privation of good. Which means that evil is always parasitic. There is no such thing…

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…

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…

Patriarchy Domesticated

In Leon Podles’ excellent book The Church Impotent, he points out that from the beginning men were created to leave. In summarizing how marriage works, Genesis says: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother…” But this pattern holds in life as well. Men go out, leave, explore. From Odysseus to Beowulf to…

What Are Men For?

Introduction The good news is that Jesus came to save men. This of course implies that men need saving. This also implies that God loves men. God loves masculinity. There is something uniquely glorious about a man that God delights in. Thoroughly Covenantal The first thing we have to understand in order to understand what…