Prepare Him Room

As Christians, we insist that because of Jesus all is grace. Holidays, perhaps like no other time, press us, inquiring whether it really is all grace. Holidays are gifts. They are feasts. They are mini-Sabbaths. They mean grace, rest, relief, laughter. But there’s something about grace piled up, grace over flowing, kindness unleashed that tempts…

Like Pooh & Piglet in the Snow

Paul in Philippians 2 says, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.” How do you know that God is at work in you? Sometimes it doesn’t feel like God is at work. Sometimes you…

On Persuasion

Persuasion is a funny thing. Perhaps at turns like a chess match, like a roller coaster, like falling in love. Becoming convinced of something that you formerly didn’t believe consists frequently of many different elements: a sharp chisel sometimes cracking granite, shaving edges. At other times it’s like trudging home in the falling snow, white…

The Bible as Food

When we read the Bible we always want to be careful and pray that God would not let us just run on autopilot. We want to seek what God has for us. In the gospel reading from John, Jesus has just warned the Jews that they have made an idol of the Scriptures. They think…

Against Bishops Not Beer: Lewis on the Puritans

I just ordered my own copy of English Literature in the 16th Century by C.S. Lewis, but just to whet my appetite and yours, I found these quotes on the Puritans here and copied them for our mutual enjoyment: The fierce young don, the learned lady, the courtier with intellectual leanings, were likely to be…

The Aroma of Love

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Eph. 5:1-2) Have you ever walked into a home where someone has been baking all day? Or think about Thanksgiving or Christmas…

This Daily Grace

It’s been pointed out that most of the New Testament is about the Jew/Gentile problem. Most of the New Testament is basically the story of the Jewish Messiah coming unexpectedly, surprising the Jews and then accomplishing salvation for the whole world. Of course it was there all along, since Abraham gazed into the night sky…

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…

Deep Fried Twinkies & Llama Riding

Here are a few more follow up thoughts to the organic/gluten-free/free-range bruhaha from a few weeks ago. If you’re just joining us, you can catch up here and here. First, one friend asks whether there is a middle ground between tyrannical legalism (everyone must eat brussel sprouts!) and complete moral apathy (food doesn’t matter, stuff your face!). Shouldn’t…

A Light to the Nations

Life in our New Building I Is. 42:1-9, Acts 10:34-43, Mt. 3:13-17 Introduction Epiphany means “sudden burst of light,” and since the earliest days of the Christian Church, God’s people have continued celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world, especially the beginning of His ministry and how it revealed the Light of God for…