Marriage As Wine Making

The very first miracle of Jesus is recorded in John 2. Jesus has just appeared publicly at his baptism at the Jordan River, and three days later Jesus performs his first sign. People generally recognize that first impressions are pretty important. A bad first impression can make or break relationships, business ventures, even careers. I…

Led By the Spirit

Luke XV: Lk. 4:1               Introduction Part of the glory of the gospel is that the eternal, infinite Creator God became one of us and was tempted like us in order to lead us back to Himself. Full of the Spirit The first, unmistakable but perhaps terrifying thing to…

All Will Be Well

Psalm 2 says that when the rulers of the earth plot against God, He who sits in the heavens laughs. He holds them in derision, and thinks it’s the funniest thing. And Paul says that we who have believed in Jesus Christ and have been filled with His Spirit have been raised to sit with…

The Duggars, Jesus, and Holiness

Frequently, sin backs us into a corner full of false dilemmas. We come to believe that there only two choices, two ways to go. Even where there may only be two choices,  we frequently still misunderstand the two choices, framing the obedient and faithful choice as an exercise in futility and therefore the only option…

Why Does the Resurrection of Jesus Give People Joy?

Easter Sunday 2015 [Note: The audio for this sermon is available here.] Introduction Before His death, Jesus told His disciples that He was leaving briefly and they would be sorrowful, but then He would return and they would receive a joy that no one would ever be able to take from them (Jn. 16:2-24). And…

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,…

Summonsed to Worship

As we gather for worship, hear the words of Psalm 100: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the…

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…

A Triple Light

Second Sunday in Christmas: Jn. 1:10-18 Introduction We were made for light. We were made to feel the warmth of light, to see the colors of light, and light is essential for life, quite literally. But just as man does not live by bread alone, so too man does not live by physical light alone….