The Gospel in Wedding Clothes

Isaiah 61 is about a great restoration, a great release, a great renewal of Israel, and through Israel, the whole world. And this renewal is pictured in wedding garments: the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness are like a bridegroom that decks himself in ornaments, like a bride adorned with jewels (Is. 61:10)….

Where Jesus Promises to Be

Baptism is entry to the people of God. When an individual is baptized, he or she formally joins the Church, the Body of Christ. But when parents bring their little ones to be baptized, this can be somewhat scary. The obligations to bring up children to love and serve Jesus are daunting. How can we…

A Toast for Mother’s Day

A toast I gave at the TRC Easter Festival last night: This is Easter Season, a celebration first and foremost of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But it’s entirely fitting that our culture’s celebration of Mother’s Day falls during this Easter Season. It’s fitting to honor mothers who picture for us the gift…

What Are Parents For? #3

“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” (Prov. 13:24) Here we have several biblical principals that must be applied with wisdom. First, we should note that some parents hit their children because their hearts are full of hatred and anger. This is called child abuse, and…

What Are Parents For? #2

So then, we are committed to imitating our faithful, heavenly Father who because He loves us, disciplines us, teaching us obedience through pain (Heb. 5:8, 12:7-11). But God is perfect and omniscient, two qualities all human parents lack. We do not know all things, and even if we did, we wouldn’t respond in righteousness. But…

What Are Parents For? #1

The central duty parents have is training up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. As many others have pointed out, this is not merely an academic pursuit, nor is it purely “spiritual” as though Jesus doesn’t have anything to say about mathematics or washing dishes. This nurture and admonition is a…

Hospitality is not a Selfie on Instagram

Tim & Kaylee’s Wedding Homily Hospitality is at the center of the Christian faith, and this is because the gospel itself is God’s amazing hospitality extended to a fallen, sinful world. Paul says, “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But…

Come & See

Life in our New Building II Is. 49:1-7, 1 Cor. 1:1-9, Jn. 1:29-42 Introduction Epiphany celebrates the fact that God is our Father who redeems us from sin, Satan, and death through His Son Jesus, and does so in order to train and equip us for His mission of bringing many more sons into the…

Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

One Beat

10.25.13 For J.D.S.   One glimpse is all it takes, one moment: my breath In the icy air, one beat of one heart would be enough To blind, suffocate, arrest. The infinite rushing, crushing The finite. The universe coming down on my head. How does my body not crumple like a can?   It is…