How To Not Miss Jesus (At Christmas)

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Mic. 5:2-5a, Heb. 10:5-10, Mt 2:1-12 Introduction How could the chief priests and scribes know that the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem and still reject Jesus? How could Herod so dramatically misunderstand the mission of Jesus? We commonly describe the answer as sin and pride, but what is it…

Catholicity & Excellence

Over the years, one of the virtues we have sought to cultivate at Trinity is a deep and rich catholicity. And we have wanted to express that geographically, denominationally, as well as historically. The Church, the Body of Christ, is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic as the creed says. So with that One Church, we…

Unexpected Grace

Luke XXVIII: Luke 7:18-35 Introduction This story is all about expectations. John needs reassurance that his expectations about Jesus are correct. Jesus asks the people about their expectations concerning John. And finally, Jesus explains why the expectations of the Pharisees are wrong. And the questions looming behind these expectations are about who Jesus is and…

Wisdom Is There

“Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads — she takes her stand; Beside the gates, in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals — she cries aloud” (Prov. 8:1-3). This is a wonderful assertion. The previous chapter, Proverbs 7, is…

The Happiness of Jesus

Luke XXIV: Luke 6:20-26 Introduction Setting aside some of the intriguing questions about whether this is the same sermon as the Sermon on the Mount in Mathew 5-6, we can at least acknowledge that it is a very similar one. Nevertheless, Luke has very clearly presented this sermon as delivered to the “disciples” in the…

Jesus Calls Sinners

Luke XXI: Lk. 5:27-39 Introduction This passage is about how God has broken into the world that was growing old under the curse of sin and death, and how He has begun to infect it with His new life. Jesus Calls In Jesus, God has come to interrupt us with His grace. And here, He…

On Disagreement & the Injustice of the Internet Lynch Mob

In the wake of recent discussions surrounding the Steven Sitler situation here in Moscow, I wanted to offer several thoughts on the matter. I had the privilege of a helpful exchange on Twitter on Sunday with Boz Tchividjian, the founder of GRACE, a ministry whose self-described mission is to recognize, prevent, and respond to child…

A Sermon on the Obergefell Decision

The Sins of Intellectual Sloth and Cowardice Dt. 6:4-15, Heb. 12:1-6, 12-16, Acts 4:8-31 [Note: The audio for this sermon may be found here or here.] This last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the right of two members of…

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,…

Death By Accessory

One of the things I’ve noted elsewhere is that frequently the work of the evangelist is to awaken love. Part of the insidious destruction of human beings by sin is the corrosion of love. Sometimes belief in God and belief in Christ must begin with belief in the bare existence of goodness, beauty, and truth….