All Things New

In Revelation 21, Jesus says “Behold, I make all things new.” And this comes on the tail end of John seeing a new heavens and a new earth and a new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. It looks like Jesus is making all things new, and then He confirms our suspicions. This is a…

The Provoking Mercy of God

Minor Prophets IX: Jonah Introduction Jonah is the most famous minor prophet. Jonah ministered during the same era as Hosea and Joel, during the days of Jeroboam II (2 Kings 14:25) – probably early 8th century B.C. 50-70 years before the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians in 722 B.C. In…

Don’t Forget Who You Are

Don’t ever forget who you are in Christ. Especially when the world is dark, when your sin is big, when the failures of others sting, when you are confused and unsure what to do. Remember who you are in Christ: For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). You…

The End of the Barrel We Are Demanding

Naysayers of Penal Substitutionary Atonement, like Darrin Belousek, often begin their objections to the doctrine by describing it as something like this: [God] cannot tolerate sin and so must judge sin by punishing sinners with death… [source] The trouble is that this is a rhetorical setup, skewing the question to present the doctrine as a…

There is Only Easter Faith

In the beginning there was nothing, and then God spoke and in that place where there was nothing, light burst forth. God’s word was true, and the world reflected that truth in utter perfection, in complete justice. And day after day, God spoke and where there was nothing, stars shone, fish filled, feathered creatures flung…

A Proverb for Holy Week

Proverbs 3:5: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Let’s look at what the Scriptures say about trusting the Lord. Trusting the Lord means obeying Him (Prov. 16:20). You cannot say you are trusting the…

New Covenant Sacrificial Worship

Sometimes you may wonder why we worship the way we do. Over the next number of weeks, at this point in the service, I will highlight some part of our service, explain what it means, and use it to call you to worship Jesus. So I want to begin with the big picture: you should…

Hospitality is not a Selfie on Instagram

Tim & Kaylee’s Wedding Homily Hospitality is at the center of the Christian faith, and this is because the gospel itself is God’s amazing hospitality extended to a fallen, sinful world. Paul says, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But…

The Bomb Shelter of Self-Deception

Self-deception is terrifyingly easy. Sin is the great deceiver: “For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me” (Rom. 7:11). The reason people sin is because they are deceived. Like Adam and Eve in the garden, people believe lies. But in order to believe the big lies, we have to…

God Invades Flesh

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Is. 7:10-16, Rom. 1:1-7, Mt. 1:18-25 Introduction Christmas means that God invades the ordinary. God invades our unlikeliness. God invades the details. What did Salmon think, marrying the recently converted harlot from Jericho? What did Boaz think, marrying the Moabite widow? Ask A Sign When Isaiah instructs Ahaz to ask for…