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…

Joyful Resistance

One of the disciplines Christians need to learn and practice constantly is joyful resistance. But this is a virtue that is only possible in and through Jesus. It’s a virtue that rests on the unique doctrine of justification by faith. All other religions and philosophies are attempts to ascend to God, to find God, to…

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…

Luke I: Christian Certainty

Easter II: Luke 1:1-4 [Note: the audio for this sermon is available here.] Introduction Today we begin the gospel of Luke, and we begin by considering who Luke was, how he came to write his gospel account, and the purpose for his writing. Who Was Luke? Luke is the author of two books of the…

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….

Christian Culture War

If you listen to the phrases that get tossed around in our world, one you will hear commonly is “culture war.” And more and more frequently, you will hear Christians using this phrase negatively, as a summary of their disenchantment with their fellow Christians. So and so, he’s a “culture warrior.” And of course there…

When You Want An X-Ray & A Cast

One of the problems all human beings face is the reality of guilt. But believers and unbelievers are in different positions with regard to the problem. Christians admit it is a problem and offer a solution, and unbelievers at best side-step the problem and at worst try to ignore it altogether. But most unbelievers care…

Marriage for Glory #4: How is Christian Marriage a Light for the World?

Fourth Sunday in Epiphany 2015 [Note: The audio recording of the sermon is here.] Introduction Christian marriage is one of the ways the light of the gospel is displayed in the world. When we think of the task of evangelism, Christian marriage is not off topic. But the gospel should make us bold to lean…