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…

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…

Women Teaching Men Part 2

So we established in the previous post that the role of systematic theological categories is significant, but we also closed by noting that there are cultural tectonic plates at work in any discussion about the teaching role of women in the church. I said in my previous post that I suspect that any church that…

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Questions Skeptics Ask #2 As we continue through 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, Harrison asks about the Cross what many non-Christians wonder: “Why would a god need to rely on such a disgusting and primitive act to forgive us and save us from judgment?” (15) Harrison wants to know why Christians think that the crucifixion of…

Does the Trinity Make Sense?

Questions Skeptics Ask #1 I just picked up Guy P. Harrison’s book 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian. He writes as a committed unbeliever in order to help Christians “grasp why so many people think Christianity doesn’t make sense” (10). From time to time, I’d like to take chapters or sections of his book and…

Women Teaching Men: Part 1

First off, let me refer you over to a conversation on the femina blog from a few weeks ago which began with Nancy Wilson’s explanation for why she doesn’t normally speak at Bible conferences to co-ed audiences. She followed up with two additional posts (here and here) further elaborating her views, and Bekah Merkle followed up…

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,…

Death By Accessory

One of the things I’ve noted elsewhere is that frequently the work of the evangelist is to awaken love. Part of the insidious destruction of human beings by sin is the corrosion of love. Sometimes belief in God and belief in Christ must begin with belief in the bare existence of goodness, beauty, and truth….

The Ground of Christian Resistance

One of the blessings we have as Christians is the opportunity to stand against evil. As the gangrene of relativism continues to rot out the soul of Western civilization, the ability to stand against evil is crumbling. Where western sensibilities still line up with God’s Word, it’s purely accidental and rarely intentional. People can given…