Christmas Peace & Wisdom

Third Sunday in Advent: 1 Thess. 5:12-24 Introduction In some ways, this final section of Thessalonians is like the short hand exhortations of a coach to his team in the huddle before they sprint back onto the field. These are short summary commands that outline the way Christians are to be a ready people, prepared…

Martin Luther is My Homeboy or Why I’m not Attracted to Papist Schlock

Let me direct your attention to a nice bit of Roman Catholic propaganda here. An acquaintance on Twitter links it approvingly, and based on the comments below the article it had its intended effect among… Roman Catholics. And maybe it was just meant to be a mushy Hallmark card moment for RC’s, but for whatever…

Sons of the Light

Second Sunday in Advent: 1 Thess. 5:1-11 Introduction Have you ever stumbled through a dark house at night? Ever tried to change a flat tire in the dark? Then you understand the importance of light, the necessity of light. You need light to see. You need light to find your way. Frequently, when hardships come,…

Prepare Him Room

As Christians, we insist that because of Jesus all is grace. Holidays, perhaps like no other time, press us, inquiring whether it really is all grace. Holidays are gifts. They are feasts. They are mini-Sabbaths. They mean grace, rest, relief, laughter. But there’s something about grace piled up, grace over flowing, kindness unleashed that tempts…

Fat Souls

Second Sunday in Christmas Jer. 31:7-14, Eph. 1:3-14, Jn. 1:1-18 Introduction As we begin a new year in a new building with many new opportunities and challenges, we want to look at where we are as a congregation and address our particular situation. If we have one resolution as a congregation this year, let it…

Single Guy Syndrome & the Fear of Death

Carl Trueman once noted that “to lead is to choose” (Fools Rush In, 35). In other words, it is the task of leaders to make choices for which they will bear responsibility. Followers can “like” and “retweet” and “share” all day long. They can choose to go along with various opinions, various leaders, but if/when…

Wrath, Love, and Christmas

First Sunday after Christmas Lessons: Is. 63:7-9, Heb. 2:10-18, Mt. 2:13-23 Christmas is not always an easy time of the year. Of course children love it. They give us some of the best facial expressions, some of the best responses to the gifts, to the lights, to the candy. Their intensity, their joy, their delight…

Frozen & The Great Spring to Come

Saw Frozen last night with the family, and it struck me that the climax of the movie is actually a fairly good picture of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus — not perfect, but pretty good. If you haven’t seen the movie, and don’t want to spoil it, you’d probably want to stop reading this post…

You Don’t Love Stuff Enough

One of the responses I’ve gotten from my recent grenade launch against foodolatry and healtholatry is that I don’t like people liking stuff very much. Of course if you read the posts, you’ll find that such sentiment is entirely absent from my argument. But just to make it crystal clear, I would actually take the…

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…