Our Jesus Holds the Keys: Good Friday 2014

Note: The audio recording for this message is available here. One of the most unusual elements of the Christian gospel is the fact that we celebrate the death of our leader. For most movements, for most religions, for most kingdoms or empires, the death of the leader is a moment of instability, chaos, disillusionment. But…

The Last Enemy

Let me just make a quick plug for the upcoming conference we are hosting at Trinity: The Last Enemy, a Christian view of death with Steve Jeffery. First, you should know that Steve is the Minister of Emmanuel Evangelical Church, in Southgate, North London. He co-authored Pierced for Our Transgressions (IVP, 2007), a defense of the doctrine of penal…

The Gospel of the Well-Beloved Son

Graveside Service Homily Justice Drake Sumpter Mark 1:9-13 What does a father feel about a son? What does a father feel when his son accomplishes great things? I think we would generally say that a father feels pride, a deep gratitude and joy. A son bears a likeness to his father, and when a father…

She Shall Not Be Moved: Francis Atwood R.I.P.

Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. There is a river,…

Trampling Death Beneath Our Feet

Since a few folks have asked for a copy, here’s the prayer I offered at Mike Rench’s memorial service this last Friday: Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling over death by death. O Death, where is your sting! O Hell, where is your victory! But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory…

Christ Died for Sinners like Christopher

Great thoughts on the passing of Christopher Hitchens from Doug Wilson: Christopher knew that faithful Christians believe that it is appointed to man once to die, and after that the Judgment. He knew that we believe what Jesus taught about the reality of damnation. He also knew that we believe—for I told him—that in this…

Peter Hitchens on his brother, Christopher

                    Peter Hitchens writes of his brother, Christopher Hitchen’s death: Two pieces of verse come to mind, one from Hilaire Belloc’s ’Dedicatory Ode’ ‘From quiet homes and first beginnings, out to the undiscovered ends, there’s nothing worth the wear of winning but laughter and the love…

Salvation is a Family: James A. Kirtley R.I.P.

We live in a broken world, a world full of separations and dislocations. There are hurts and pains, betrayals and wounds, and sickness and dying. We lose our parents and grandparents, we lose children, brothers, sisters, spouses, aunts, and uncles. Sometimes we lose them even before they are gone. In the beginning, when God created…

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, RIP

Father Richard John Neuhaus passed away today. There’s a great essay by him posted here on the First Things site.

Funeral Meditation: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:9

The words from 2 Corinthians come from a letter, one of several, where St. Paul is defending himself to Christians who were converted under his preaching but who now have various doubts, concerns, and questions. While the specific questions and concerns that Paul faced leading up to the writing of 2 Corinthians are no doubt…