Our Jesus Holds the Keys: Good Friday 2014

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 Jesus says, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall…

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…

How To Change the World

We see injustice. We see pornography and sexual abuse. We see scraping poverty and economic systems of oppression. We see big business in bed with the military and little Arab girls get bombed to kingdom come. We see millions of children dismembered and sucked out of their mother’s wombs by medical vacuum cleaners. And meanwhile,…

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…

God’s Loyalty

This is a family meal. Here we meet with Jesus. Here we meet with God our Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit. But that means that this is a covenantal meal. When you eat together, you are sharing peace, you offering, extending, and affirming love and commitment to one another. Or another way…

From Dust to Light

Ash Wednesday Homily Mk. 8:27-38 We’ve said before, and it’s no trouble to be reminded, that we think of the church calendar like a devotional guide. Over the course of the Christian Year, we are reminded of the most crucial, most important parts of our life in Christ: what it means to know Jesus and…

Be a River

“…from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (Eph. 4:16). Paul is basically saying that the way the body grows is by every part doing…

Compassion & the Culture War

One of the challenges of following Jesus is holding together all of our responsibilities. On the one hand, we are required to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to show mercy to the hurting, and at the same time, we must not compromise with the world, we must keep telling…

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…

What do Deacons Do?

Introduction From the beginning of their service in the New Testament, we see that the primary task of deacons is to serve tables. But this is a wonderfully loaded job description since at the center of the Church’s life is the Lord’s Table. Thabiti Anyabwile says that deacons are the Church’s waiters, running all the…