Kaepernick & Worship Wars: Flags, Badges, Uniforms, and Liturgies

Introduction Flags, badges, uniforms, and liturgies are inescapable. It’s not whether we will have them but which ones we will have. This week we’ve had a helpful illustration of this phenomenon on our national stage. Trump did his Trump thing at a recent rally when he daydreamed momentarily about NFL owners firing the “sons of…

That Nashville Statement Thang

So… that Nashville Statement thang… Josh Daffern writes about what he views as the “fatal flaws” with the recent Nashville Statement, boiling down to basically an objection to what he considers its abrasive tone, seemingly stemming from his suspicion that the writers and signers of the Statement are “ivory tower” academics with no real world…

Courage, Cowardice, & Jesus

So I’ve been writing a fair bit about the sin of effeminacy or what might be called “soft men.” And it might seem like I’ve found a new hammer and now everything is a nail – sort of like the Calvinist cage-stage of ye old lore of yore. And I want to grant that there…

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…

The Shrewdness of the Sons of Light

Luke LI: Lk. 16:1-18 Introduction This is one of the more challenging portions of the book of Luke, with somewhat differing interpretations in the history of the church. But the central point is about loyalty to God and how that drives the right kind of wise and generous love of the world. Summary of the…

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…

An Armory for Modern Christians #12

The Inescapability of Slavery Introduction We are coming up on one of America’s feast days: Tax Day. Some of you don’t celebrate it at all, as Uncle Sam requires you to give your “fair share,” but for many Americans they begin planning vacations, acquiring new cars or boats, and the like as they see the…

A Tale of Two Daughters

Luke XXXII: Lk. 8:40-56 [Note: A recording of this sermon is available here.] Introduction Like the two episodes earlier in the chapter, these two are paired together intentionally: it’s a tale of two daughters and the power of faith in Jesus to save. The Two Daughters Notice all the similarities between the two stories: First,…

The Sabbath King

Luke XXII: Lk. 6:1-11 Introduction Jesus has been acting the part of a priest and calling men to follow Him. He says He’s come to do something new, and here, He explains a little more of what that means. Jesus & David Jesus and his disciples rub a bit of grain together in their hands…

How Jesus Cleans & Forgives

Luke XX: Lk. 5:12-26 Introduction In order to understand the healings of the leper and the paralytic, you have to understand a little bit about the Old Testament purity system, a fairly complex code of cleanliness regulating how one could draw near to God in worship (Lev. 13-15). Uncleanness & God’s Grace “Leprosy” was a…