The Hope of Christian Joy: Palm Sunday 2015

Introduction What is joy? The Bible teaches and human experience frequently confirms that joy is more than a present experience of delight but is always also an anticipation of even better things to come. In other words, Christian joy flows directly out of Christian hope (Rom. 5:2). However, in the face of tragedy and hardships,…

Transfiguration Meal

One way to think of the Transfiguration of Jesus is as a preview, the trailer for the full length feature. In this case, Jesus was transfigured before He went to Jerusalem, before He was betrayed, before He was condemned, before He was spat on, before He was beaten, before He was nailed to the cross…

Marriage for Glory #4: How is Christian Marriage a Light for the World?

Fourth Sunday in Epiphany 2015 [Note: The audio recording of the sermon is here.] Introduction Christian marriage is one of the ways the light of the gospel is displayed in the world. When we think of the task of evangelism, Christian marriage is not off topic. But the gospel should make us bold to lean…

The Joy Command

This is a slightly edited outline of an exhortation I gave at our Elder/Deacon Retreat this last weekend:  Introduction As we consider the year before us and all the real challenges we face, it can be easy to feel tired, exhausted, and overwhelmed. And it’s pretty striking that there really aren’t that many passages in…

A Triple Light

Second Sunday in Christmas: Jn. 1:10-18 Introduction We were made for light. We were made to feel the warmth of light, to see the colors of light, and light is essential for life, quite literally. But just as man does not live by bread alone, so too man does not live by physical light alone….

As Sara Obeyed Abraham

There may be any number of startling moments in a Christian wedding, but perhaps the bride’s vow of obedience to her husband ranks among the most startling. So we should take care to explain what we mean by it and why we believe it is an important part of a Christian wedding ceremony. The origin…

The Long Game

Minor Prophets XVII: Zechariah 7-14 Introduction We saw last week that God was calling Israel to see the work of rebuilding the temple as a cosmic reality – that as they put God and His worship first, God would be remaking the world, scattering their enemies, and exalting His people. The rest of Zechariah is…

CRF: Evangelism for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty

Introduction Because all people are made in the image of God, all people have an innate hunger and desire for God, for the transcendent, for meaning, for the real. And because we are made in the image of the Triune God, we instinctively know that somehow this pursuit is a shared pursuit, and this knowledge…

Seeing the Father

Perhaps one of the most important assumptions embedded in the doctrine of the Trinity is that the central way God is revealed is through Jesus Christ. And what we mean is that what is most crucial for us to know about God, what is most true about God and what we most need to understand…

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…