Christian Culture War

If you listen to the phrases that get tossed around in our world, one you will hear commonly is “culture war.” And more and more frequently, you will hear Christians using this phrase negatively, as a summary of their disenchantment with their fellow Christians. So and so, he’s a “culture warrior.” And of course there…

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…

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…

Second Sunday after Easter: Eighth Commandment: Gen. 2:8-3:13, Phil. 4:8-19, Lk. 12:13-34

Introduction The Eighth Word introduces perhaps one of the areas of greatest conflict and stress in all of life: the areas of possessions and property, economics and money. If you are human, you struggle with being at peace with your situation in life and the world around us. Typical situation: Husband is laid back and…

Advent Joy & the City of God

A summary of my sermon from yesterday is up over at Credenda.

Third Sunday in Advent: Joy and the City of God

Introduction The Third Sunday in Advent is called “Gaudete Sunday” which means “Rejoicing/Joyful Sunday.” This is because our fathers in the faith knew that learning the practice and discipline of waiting and longing could result in a joyless people. Waiting for the Lord shouldn’t be joyless, but this Sunday is a liturgical memorial of this…

Christmas Means We’re All Calvinists After All

Isaiah says that when God restores Israel, He will go before them and behind them (Is. 52:12). The first Advent of God was the incarnation, when God went before us, leading us out of the dungeon of sin and death. The final Advent of God at the end of history is when God comes up…

Advent 2: Hope and the City of God: Is. 55, Lk. 3, Phil. 1

Introduction Our Advent and Christmas theme this year is the City of God. Last week we looked at faith and the city of God. This week we’re looking at hope and the city of God. While faith sees and obeys, hope is a fierce comfort, a fortress of rest in the future of God. “Therefore…

The Greater the Service, the Greater the Glory

Proverbs says that the glory of men is their strength. But since the first sin in the Garden of Eden it has been the tendency and the temptation of men to be lazy. Adam didn’t guard his wife, didn’t protect her from sin or the serpent; he didn’t work hard at what God had put…