Pride, Prejudice & the Eye-Roll

My friend and fellow pastor at TRC, Joshua Appel, recently recommended Tim Keller’s book Encounters with Jesus to me, and I dutifully mashed the “buy now” button on my phone and lo, here I sit cruising through the first chapter. Now let the reader beware that I have some serious reservations about some of what…

Luke VIII: The Birth of the King

Luke: 2:1-12 Introduction This is one of the most famous episodes in Luke’s gospel and in all of the Bible. Luke tells the story of the birth of Jesus so that we may be assured that He is God in human flesh, the King. The God Who Rules Herod the king of Judea has already…

God the Potter

At the end of Paul’s closing arguments about what God is up to in the world in Romans 9-11, he breaks into doxology. He bursts out: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of…

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…

He Lives So You May Live

Holy Saturday 2015 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know – this Jesus, being delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified…

The Lord Be With You

One of the ancient greetings of God’s people is “The Lord be with you//And with your spirit” or “The Peace of the Lord be with you//And with your spirit.” Variations of this greeting show up a number of times in the Bible (2 Thess. 3:16, 2 Tim. 4:22, cf. Rom. 16:23, Rev. 22:21, 1 Chron….

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…

Baptism Means War

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the…

When You Want An X-Ray & A Cast

One of the problems all human beings face is the reality of guilt. But believers and unbelievers are in different positions with regard to the problem. Christians admit it is a problem and offer a solution, and unbelievers at best side-step the problem and at worst try to ignore it altogether. But most unbelievers care…

In Defense of Lent, Masculinity, and Tim Bayly

Sometimes I give myself writing assignments by title. Here, mister smarty pants, try to write a coherent blog post about that. It reminds me of my drama club teacher in high school giving us the most ridiculous juxtapositions and thirty seconds to come up with some way of working them into an improvised scene on the…