Joy With a Clenched Fist: A 4th of July Meditation

Part of what we are up against in living full and faithful Christian lives is trying to hold what often feel like opposite extremes together. This is what Christianity has been all about since the beginning. It was always the heretics that were trying to cut us slack. The Bible clearly taught that Jesus was…

A Genealogy of Hate

In the current surging flood of true tragedy, unrivaled injustice, unbridled outrage, and enthusiastic surfers of that great wave known as El Internet (which is Spanish for The Internet), it is frequently hard to tell the difference between true tragedy and CNN doing its best impression of the dogs on Pixar’s Up: Squirrel! And this…

A Sermon on the Obergefell Decision

The Sins of Intellectual Sloth and Cowardice Dt. 6:4-15, Heb. 12:1-6, 12-16, Acts 4:8-31 [Note: The audio for this sermon may be found here or here.] This last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the right of two members of…

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…

Evangelism Internship @ TRC

Hey Friends, The elders at Trinity Reformed Church are in search of a man to fill a one year internship in evangelism. This is a position that requires one part Chestertonian joy, one part Lewisian imagination, and two parts Rambo can-do adventurous spirit. God has blessed us immensely over the last couple of years with…

Luke VII: When Mercy & Justice Met

Lk. 1:57-80 Introduction One of the most fundamental questions we face as human beings is the question of justice. There is a universal instinct to insist on equity, fairness, justice, and yet it is a double edged sword that quickly cuts the one with a rigorous demand for it. We know that we need mercy…

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…

Luke V: When God Shows Up

Luke 1:39-45 Introduction Luke has introduced his gospel with two unexpected birth announcements. Here, those two stories literally meet and the moment is strikingly human and yet, Luke is indicating that something dramatically unique is also happening. As an aside, it is likely that Luke is drawing all of these early accounts directly from Mary…

Luke IV: True Myth & Humble Servants

Easter VI: Luke 1:26-38 Introduction The virgin conception of Jesus is one of the most famous elements of the gospel story, and here, Luke subtly illustrates why. The gospel is all about how God is rescuing the world and bringing to birth a new creation through ordinary people. New Creation With most miracles the supernatural…