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…

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…

Entertainment as Friendship

[Note: This is the outline for a talk I gave this morning for the Logos School Secondary Assembly on Entertainment.]   “Hey, hey, hey I got a condo in Manhattan Baby girl, what’s hatnin’? You and your ass invited So gon’ and get to clappin’…” -Bruno Mars, That’s What I Like Introduction Christians should think…

Salt for the Feast: The Gift of Shame

Luke XLIX: Lk. 14:1-34 Introduction What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? What’s the most shameful thing you’ve ever thought or said or done? This passage is about the gift of shame. Summary of the Text: Jesus dines with a ruler of the Pharisees on a Sabbath and heals a man with…

Peter Pan & Palm Sunday

Mt. 21:1-16 Introduction “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” cried the people as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on that first triumphal entry (Mt. 21:9). “Hosanna to the son of David!” cheered the children as Jesus drove out those who were buying and selling in the temple and healed the blind…

Nice Christianity & Complementarian End Zone Dances

J. Gresham Machen famously asserted that the liberalism creeping into the Christian churches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was not merely another form of Christianity, but another religion altogether. It was not even Christianity. He insisted that believing Protestant Christians had more in common with believing Roman Catholics than liberal “Christians” —…

Mike & Grace

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk. 14:26). For some reason this hasn’t been a very popular Scripture for wedding homilies. But I want to argue that it…

An Armory for Modern Christians #8

Between the Mountain and Me Introduction The transfiguration occurs in Matthew, Mark, and Luke and marks a significant transition in the gospels, functioning as a key hinge of the life of Jesus, the end of his ministry of signs and the beginning of his ministry of suffering. The signs point to who Jesus is, but…

Matt & Katy: Love that Goes Too Far

The crucifixion of Jesus is like a bad dream. And as in bad dreams, things keep happening that seem more and more horrific. First Jesus is being flogged. Then he’s being mocked in a purple robe with a crown of thorns forced onto his head. Then there’s the mob calling for his crucifixion. And Pilate…

No Secrets: No Fear

Luke XLIV: Lk. 12:1-12 Introduction Leaven is the principle of growth. Jesus says here to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy (Lk. 12:1). Hypocrisy is the way of the City of Man, but the Kingdom of God is built on the power and truth of the Spirit. No secrets: no fear….