Do Not Give Your Strength to Women

The book of Proverbs ends with King Lemuel giving an oracle that his mother taught him. It begins with the question that many mothers have asked many sons over the centuries: “What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?” (Prov. 31:2)….

Gratitude that Overcomes the World

Gratitude — true gratitude — requires truth. And this is not the same thing as sincerity. People can be sincerely wrong. Lies can become so ingrained, so repeated, so believed that people say them and believe them sincerely. So it is that sincerity becomes the substitute for the truth in a world gone mad with…

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…

Entertainment as Friendship

[Note: This is the outline for a talk I gave this morning for the Logos School Secondary Assembly on Entertainment.]   “Hey, hey, hey I got a condo in Manhattan Baby girl, what’s hatnin’? You and your ass invited So gon’ and get to clappin’…” -Bruno Mars, That’s What I Like Introduction Christians should think…

The Dignity of Guilt

One of the most loving and dignifying things God does for human beings is insist that they take responsibility for their sin. This is one of the fundamental meanings of the words of Christ: If anyone tries to save his life, he will lose it, but if he loses it for my sake, he will…

New York vs. Mount Zion

The Book of Revelation is a behind the scenes look at what happens in worship. The Bible teaches that all true worship happens in heaven. We have been raised into the heavenly places in Christ Jesus by the Spirit, and when we gather together, when we say Lift up your hearts/we lift them up to…

Monday Twitter Sermon: Hate & Love

Yesterday I let myself go on a short tweeting spree. The follow is my Monday Twitter Sermon, or an essay in tweets. There were a few questions following on the first tweet (which was the only to post on FB), and perhaps the following thoughts fill out or answer any questions you might have had:…

Living God Living Icons

Jer. 1:11-25, 1 Thess. 1:4-10 Idolatry is ultimately about power. The great lie, the great seduction of idols is the illusion of power. If you bow down to this image, you will take control of your life. If you bow down to this statue, you will overcome what holds you back. If you serve this…

Weak Faith Strong Savior

Because the Bible says we must believe and have faith in Christ, it is a periodic temptation of Christians to doubt their faith, to wonder if they believe enough or have enough faith. Perhaps you wonder if you are believing God enough for your parenting. Or perhaps you wonder if you are trusting God enough…

Sophisticated Fire

Jer. 7:30-34, Gal. 5:16-23 Jeremiah describes the wickedness of Judah as beginning in the sanctuary. When people turn from listening carefully to what God says to do, they necessarily begin to substitute their own ideas, their own inventions and innovations. And this inevitably results in imitating unbelief and idolatry. It seems like an extreme, unthinkable…