Get Low: An Easter Meditation

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ… that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Phil. 3:7, 10-11). Here, Paul tells…

Elephants in Bikinis

So let’s have a thought or two about the current political circus displaying its acrobatics around about us, shall we? But first, let’s review the basic ground rules for how we think about politics as Bible believing Christians. On the one hand, Jesus rose from the dead and is now the rightful ruler of the…

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…

Rejoicing in the Dust

Third Sunday of Advent: Is. 12:1-6, Phil. 4:4-7 Introduction I said last week that we aren’t particularly good at being serious because we’re concerned about being thought of as grumpy or difficult. There’s a similar dynamic with joy. Depending on who you are, you might gravitate toward a certain censoriousness and resent all the smiles….

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…

Salvation is a Car

Paul exhorts the Philippians to follow his example, and he says that if you practice these things, the God of peace will be with you (Phil. 4:9). First, remember that one of the examples that Paul left in all the churches was this meal: the Lord’s Supper. This meal is also called Communion, and communion…

Humility is Strong. Pride is Brittle.

Pride is all about me. Pride is all about protecting myself, protecting my reputation. This means that pride is an attempt to hold myself, defend myself from every potential threat. And pride does this generally in two ways: either it blusters or in whines. And the two are frequently related. The bluster front is loud…

Joy & Disagreements

It’s striking that Paul addresses two women by name in Philippians 4 and implores them to be of the same mind, and then almost immediately commands them and all the Philippians to rejoice: rejoice always. We don’t know anything about their disagreement, but we know their names and we know that part of Paul’s immediate…

The Politics of Celebration

Right after urging the Philippians to remember that their citizenship is in heaven, Paul reminds them that this means they are called to rejoice always. This is because rejoicing and celebration are always community events, public events, political events. In the first century, Christians were surrounded by celebrations: the old Jewish feasts, Greek and Roman…

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…