Get Low: An Easter Meditation

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ… that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Phil. 3:7, 10-11). Here, Paul tells…

On Letting the Bible Kick You in the Teeth

Below, if I did my cutting and pasting correctly, you should find some snatches of an interview I did recently on my new book Blood-Bought World.

The Power of God’s Pleasure

Is. 49:1-7, 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Isaiah says that the Lord chose a servant from the womb to be a glorious weapon, His sword, His arrow. This servant would be Israel in whom He would be glorified. Israel had wandered away from God. Judah had been scattered. But the plan was for a new Israel to…

Christ Lives In Me

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) There is no other kind of Christian life….

Bitterness & Pride

Hebrews says, “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled” (Heb. 12:15). Bitterness is a root, which means it lives under the surface. You can look at a flower bed and only see dirt…

6 Thoughts on Marriage & Remarriage in Babel

So one of the most challenging places the Church is called upon to exercise wisdom and judgment is in the matter of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The stakes really are high here, and bone-headed laxity on the one hand or severe legalisms on the other do no one any favors and can only add to…

Forgiven Kingdom

Luke XXIX: Lk. 7:36-50 Introduction Last time we were in Luke, we saw how Jesus challenged people’s expectations. John questioned Jesus, the Pharisees and lawyers rejected Him, while the tax collectors and sinners justified Him. These same themes continue in the following episode as Jesus continues eating and drinking with sinners. A Dinner After Jesus…

Jesus Commandeers the Table

In our sermon text, Jesus is invited to the Pharisee’s table. But as the story unfolds, Jesus says that the sinful woman has been the greater host. This is because hospitality is an act of love. The woman who was forgiven more, loved more, and therefore is the greater host. But Luke subtly shifts the…

The Threat of Grace

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Jer. 1:1-10, 1 Cor. 13:1-13, Lk. 4:21-30 Introduction Epiphany is the season that celebrates God’s glory bursting out into this world through Jesus. This began at His birth, but it went public at His baptism, in His miracles, and through His preaching and teaching the Scriptures. In many ways, we can…

The Glory of God’s Word

Third Sunday after Epiphany: Neh. 8:1-12 Introduction Bible reading has always been a hard topic. It has always been a topic that tends to guilt and sorrow. This is because we know that we are sinners, and the perfect law of liberty is a mirror that shows us who we really are (Js. 1:22-25). This…