Where I Should Breathe

I feel words like hands holding My hands, leading me down a path Blindfolded while my feet trip Over stones stitched together By centuries of stepping and the taste Of briny rocks and anemone Filling up my mouth.   Stopping, the hands pull the Cloth from my eyes. One hand Shields against the glinting glare,…

Voddie Baucham, Mick Jagger & the Sucker Punch of “Systemic Sin”

Just a few quick thoughts on Voddie Baucham’s post at the Gospel Coalition this morning: I want to connect what I wrote here about the Ferguson situation with Baucham’s post. My point was not directly a comment on the justice or injustice of the decision not to indict Wilson. My inclination was expressed modestly in…

Ferguson & the Lamb of God

Just a few quick thoughts on Ferguson for tonight. Maybe more later. First, how should Christian’s respond to this decision and the various responses? We should respond the way Christians always respond in the face of confusion and hurt and anger: We preach Jesus. We preach the cross. We preach the gospel. But get this:…

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…

Great Toward Us

“O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord” (Ps. 117) We are gathered here this morning to worship the Lord, to praise Him for His merciful kindness toward us. We are…

Lila

Just finished Marilynne Robinson’s Lila. Two brief thoughts for now, maybe more later. First, Robinson really is a master at her craft. Her prose is casual, conversational, comfortable but never mundane, never boring, never so elusive or evasive to become frustrating. And yet she is not a tell-er but a show-er. Sure, she’s telling all…

More Grace Than We Want

One of the ways we sin against God’s grace is simply by not believing it. But when Christians refuse to believe in God’s grace they do it, (ironically) for very pious sounding reasons. I can’t possibly be forgiven because it was the fourth time I did it this week. I can’t possibly be forgiven because…

He Hears

The Psalmist says: I love the Lord because He has heard by voice and my supplications; because He has inclined His ear to me. Therefore I will call on Him as long as I live. We are gathered here this morning because our God hears us when we pray to Him. Our God listens when…

Builders Like Him

In the beginning God built the heavens and the earth. And you well know, God did not make it all at once, but rather He intentionally built the universe in six days, six discrete phases. He created light and separated it from the darkness. And looked at it and smiled and said it was good….

The Magic of God

Talking with a friend the other day who grew up in Iran, he told me that as a young boy he would walk into the home of an Armenian friend (Christians), and he immediately knew there was something different, something he couldn’t quite put his finger on, something good. Every car mechanic, he says, in…