Identity Politics & Christ

One of the phrases we’ve heard more and more in recent years is the phrase “identity politics.” This is shorthand for the kind of public dialogue and policy positions that emerge based on the interests or perspectives of various social groups that people identify with, whether by class or race or gender or ethnicity or…

One Body With An Immune System

“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Cor. 12:13-14). Paul immediately goes on to explain that this is why we need one another. The…

The Twelves

Luke XXXIII: Lk. 9:1-17 Introduction The Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of the Risen King of Israel. In this Kingdom, God fills empty hands with plenty to share; He makes the weak His means of power. The New Twelve Notice that Luke has organized this section with a high concentration of “twelves” (8:42, 8:43,…

Bitterness & Pride

Hebrews says, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15). Bitterness is a root, which means it lives under the surface. You can look at a flower bed and only see dirt…

Jesus Commandeers the Table

In our sermon text, Jesus is invited to the Pharisee’s table. But as the story unfolds, Jesus says that the sinful woman has been the greater host. This is because hospitality is an act of love. The woman who was forgiven more, loved more, and therefore is the greater host. But Luke subtly shifts the…

The Brave Face of Nihilism

Modern social liberalism really is something of a Grinch worldview. It is very much like the grown up in all the movies that doesn’t believe in Santa Claus and thinks that fairy tales like that are really bad for children. The reason they’re bad is because they aren’t true and even more importantly they cause…

All Will Be Well

Psalm 2 says that when the rulers of the earth plot against God, He who sits in the heavens laughs. He holds them in derision, and thinks it’s the funniest thing. And Paul says that we who have believed in Jesus Christ and have been filled with His Spirit have been raised to sit with…

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…

Joy & Disagreements

It’s striking that Paul addresses two women by name in Philippians 4 and implores them to be of the same mind, and then almost immediately commands them and all the Philippians to rejoice: rejoice always. We don’t know anything about their disagreement, but we know their names and we know that part of Paul’s immediate…