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…

The Great Avenger

Luke XIII: Lk. 3:10-20 Introduction One way to understand John’s announcement about “preparing the way of the Lord” is like the herald of a wedding. Just as God came like a hero to Israel in Egypt and married her, just as He had come for them in exile and redeemed His people, so John is…

Luke IX: Glorifying & Praising God

Lk. 2:13-24 Introduction Today we consider the conclusion to the episode of the shepherds worshipping Jesus and the record of His circumcision and dedication. Luke continues to carefully unfold the way in which Jesus has come to restore all people to the glory they were made for. What Evangelism Looks Like After the shepherds found…

The God Who Answers

Easter V: Lk. 1:5-25 [Note: the audio for this sermon can be found here.] Introduction Luke writes so that Theophilus and others like him would have certainty of the things he has been taught. The first episode in his gospel is the story of an uncertain old man. He has lived a long, faithful life…