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…

Grace at Hand

Condemnation is the inexorable result of a guilty conscience. A sinner in the grip of guilt knows and feels the vast, impossible Grand Canyon between himself and the goodness of God and the goodness he was made for. In other words, condemnation underlines one reality — the reality of sinners before a just and holy…

Public Worship for a Public Gospel

As we gather for worship week after week, it is important to point out that we do so in public. Our worship is public, and this is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is public. The murder of Jesus occurred in public, and His resurrection was seen and testified in public. The gospel did not…

The Homo Gestapo & the War on God

So comes Idaho riding a gimpy donkey into the gay mirage circus. Look at us go! Other states have persecuted bakers and tar and feathered photographers — bunch of weenies. At least Idaho has the balls (pardon the irony) to go after the real enemies: Christian pastors. Which is where this has all been heading…

The Dark Wine of the Spirit

The human heart inclines to all kinds of evil, and the flesh is a slippery beast. And as the Church has broadly acknowledged over the centuries, pride is the root of this inclination, the wriggling super-chameleon beneath all our schemes and sin. Pride can shove and take a fall. Pride can strike and be struck….

This is Our God

Minor Prophets IXX: Conclusion Introduction The whole Bible is about God; it’s about who God is. But this revelation comes to its climax in the person of Jesus who is God in the flesh. After His resurrection, when two of His disciples did not recognize Him, He said: “O fools and slow of heart to…

Grace, Justice, and Wisdom

[Note: This joint statement was developed by Christ Church and Trinity Reformed Church and adopted by both sessions recently.] A Joint Statement on Scandalous Sins in the Church Because we live in a fallen world, the presence of sin is inescapable. And the Christian Church is not immune to the disastrous effects of Adam’s sin,…

Like Showers of Rain or Bad Habits & How to Start Over

One of the things we have trouble with is seeing how certain actions are actually training for other actions. This is another application of “practice makes perfect.” The usual application is the fact that if you practice running certain distances, when you get to race day, you will have (hopefully) trained well for the 5K…

The Way of Faith

Minor Prophets XIII: Habakkuk 1-3 Introduction Habakkuk is the record of a prophet’s discussion with God about justice, and God’s answer becomes a gospel tagline fulfilled in Jesus, in each of us, and in His Church. The Text: Immediately following the identification of the prophet, Habakkuk cries out to the Lord concerning the injustice in…