What is the Gospel?

Introduction The word “gospel” means “good news.” Literally, it’s a “good message” and is related to the word for “messenger” or “angel.” One place we can look to understand what the gospel is Isaiah 40: after many chapters of judgment proclaimed on Israel and Judah and the nations, God proclaims, “Comfort, comfort my people… speak…

Kaepernick & Worship Wars: Flags, Badges, Uniforms, and Liturgies

Introduction Flags, badges, uniforms, and liturgies are inescapable. It’s not whether we will have them but which ones we will have. This week we’ve had a helpful illustration of this phenomenon on our national stage. Trump did his Trump thing at a recent rally when he daydreamed momentarily about NFL owners firing the “sons of…

Why Beauty Will Not Save the World

While I have argued to the contrary previously on this blog, I need to retrace my steps and make some clarifications. There is of course some sense in which Beauty will save the world. God is ultimate goodness and beauty, and God most certainly will save the world. He will put all things right. He…

Dr. Voddie Baucham in Moscow January 26-28

Very excited about the end of this month. Very grateful to have Dr. Voddie Baucham coming all the way from Zambia, Africa to speak for our Epiphany Lectures on Friday and Saturday, January 27-28. This year the conference is titled: One Blood: How Christ Reconciles vs. The Liberal Agenda. The conference is FREE, but space…

Grooming, Shame, and the Gospel

“Were they ashamed when they committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed; they did not know how to blush.” (Jer. 6:15). Part of what happens when societies turn away from God is that they become ashamed of the wrong things, and the things that really ought to be considered shameful become normal. And this has…

The Reason for God & a 6ft Patch of Mt. Everest

Nearly done with Tim Keller’s book The Reason for God, having started it several times over the last several years and finally plowed through. The thing I find really helpful about the book is its street level, conversational style. It is clear that God has blessed Keller with the ability to listen to people, to understand…

Dealing that Hoe Money: Thoughts on the Election & its Aftermath

A few of my own thoughts on the results of the election: 1. I remember when men I trusted and respected said Obama would never win. I was confused by their confidence. I remember watching Obama’s speech right after the news had broken about his former pastor’s inflammatory sermons. I remember because I watched him…

Learning to Say, “My Gospel”

[Here are my notes for the talk I gave at the TRC Evangelism Conference 2016, recordings coming soon.] Introduction I don’t remember a time when I did not love Jesus. One of my earliest memories is being interviewed for membership in an Orthodox Presbyterian Church by a couple of elders when I was four years…

Foundations of Mercy & Mission #5: Sin, Slavery, and the Gospel

Gen. 4:1-16, Rom. 7:1-6, Mk. 15:16-39 Introduction As we continue to lay a biblical foundation for carrying out the mission of Jesus in this world, the world around us continues to give us reason to ask the question: How should we carry out this mission? What are we to think and believe? And what are…

My Country: What’s Left of Thee?

I mean it as an honest question. What’s left? Of course, only God knows. The Creator, the Sustainer, the Lord our Governor, He knows what remains, how many sands are still up in the hourglass of our story. And if we have learned anything at all it is that nations rise and fall, civilizations are…