What the Angels Are Trying to Figure Out

One of the common objections to the Christian faith is the supernatural. People object to claims that miraculous events have happened, which are not immediately repeatable. At the center of this objection is not having Jesus right here, walking around proving Himself. If Jesus really rose from the dead, why doesn’t he remain here on…

Good News for 2016

[Note: sermon audio is here] Second Sunday in Christmas 2015 Jer. 31:7-14, Eph. 1:3-14, Jn. 1:1-18 Introduction As we embark as a congregation on this new calendar year, I want us to begin where Christians must always begin with the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. If this diamond has many sides to its glory…

Committed as Christmas

Evolution is a singular commitment to non-commitment. In fact, it is the enshrinement to the highest humanistic place — which is to say science, the creed of non-commitment as inherently virtuous. Of course virtue and goodness tend to be taken in transcendent, moral categories, but in a purely materialistic, evolutionary universe, goodness is just whatever…

The Foam Sword of Relativism

One of the questions I’ve received several times in response to my recent post on modern liberalism is the objection that this assumes that Christians can’t be “liberals” or if they are, they must be really bad Christians. So several follow up thoughts. First, I did qualify my original post in two ways. I stated…

The Sound an Empty Ketchup Bottle Makes: A Brief Anatomy of Liberalism

There doesn’t seem to be a week that goes by in which there isn’t some cultural event or tragedy that exposes the deep divide in our country between liberals and conservatives. There are deep spiritual forces at work, so that isn’t a simplistic party-line endorsement of anybody. But in so far as the divide causes…

Taking Every Thought Captive #1

[Note: these are the notes for a talk I gave yesterday as part of an assembly series this year at Logos School.] Introduction The Christian doctrine of creation is in some ways the foundation of the Christian worldview. Nearly everything that needs to be unpacked from the rest of Scripture is found at least in…

Paul & Pastoral Jui Jitsu

The longer I pastor the more the New Testament becomes meaningful to me, and in particular, the more Paul’s letters and his pastoral jiu jitsu comfort and encourage me. Perhaps what’s so surprising is beginning to notice just how often Paul is talking about himself, his ministry, his life, his past and so on. But…

Jesus Calls Sinners

Luke XXI: Lk. 5:27-39 Introduction This passage is about how God has broken into the world that was growing old under the curse of sin and death, and how He has begun to infect it with His new life. Jesus Calls In Jesus, God has come to interrupt us with His grace. And here, He…

Jesus the Fisherman

Luke XIX: Lk. 5:1-11 Introduction Today Luke introduces us to another important aspect of the ministry of Jesus: the friendship and hospitality of God. But Jesus does not merely come to meet us and welcome us, He comes to interrupt us, to catch us, to commandeer us. The Hospitality & Friendship of God The incarnation…

An Open Letter to Women Who’ve Had Abortions

Dear Friend, As you have no doubt noticed, many of your Pro-Life friends and family members have been on an anti-abortion jag in recent weeks with the release of the Planned Parenthood sting videos. I realize that all the shared articles and hashtags and retweets may seem to you like an enormous wave of hate…