God’s Holy Violence

So this last Sunday I continued my sermon series through the Gospel of Luke, coming to Luke 19:28-48, which includes the triumphal entry, Christ weeping over Jerusalem, and the cleansing of the temple. In the course of that message, I said this: Christians really must get their minds and hearts around the fact that the…

Beauty, Lust, and Nothing

Lust is hunger for nothing. Lust is the primeval, fallen instinct and demand for nothingness, nihil. Lust or covetousness is idolatry, the worship of idols. And idols are literally, nothing (1 Cor. 8:4). Lust is the worship of nothingness, blankness, emptiness, the dark, the formless, the void. Why? Why do we desire nothingness? Because we…

The Right Kind of Argument

A good Christian is not a grave to bury God’s mercies, but a temple to sing His praises… The mercies of God quicken. As they are lodestones to love, so they are whetstones to obedience… He argues from the sweetness of mercy to the swiftness of duty. He spends and is spent for Christ; he…

Smashmouth Incrementalism & Abolishing Abortion

We talked ending abortion strategies with Doug Wilson on the latest Crosspolitic episode. Doug followed up with a blog post entitled Smashmouth Incrementalism, and Joel McDurmon and John Reasnor have followed up with thoughts of their own. And there have probably been a few other conversations floating around on these topics. So for whatever they’re…

The Great Fixed Chasm

Luke LII: Lk. 16:19-31 Introduction This is the third story in row that Jesus has told about a rich man. Remember that the context of all three is the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes, that Jesus receives sinners and eats with them (Lk. 15:2). The point is to make us care about what God…

Salt for the Feast: The Gift of Shame

Luke XLIX: Lk. 14:1-34 Introduction What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? What’s the most shameful thing you’ve ever thought or said or done? This passage is about the gift of shame. Summary of the Text: Jesus dines with a ruler of the Pharisees on a Sabbath and heals a man with…

Repent or Perish

Luke XLVII: Luke 13:1-17 Introduction Jesus gives three teachings in this portion of the gospel, all centered around the glorious call to repentance. Repentance & Calamities Jesus has just finished charging his followers to read the signs of the times and warned them about petty disputes (Lk. 12:54-59). It’s at “that very time” when some…

Pink Hair & the Love of Christ

Clearly this post on pink hair has struck a bit of a nerve, and as there have been a few questions, I wanted to follow up with a couple more thoughts. First, the goal really must be compassion. The problem is that the God-haters have almost entirely hijacked the meaning of the word compassion. Compassion…

An Armory for Modern Christians #12

The Inescapability of Slavery Introduction We are coming up on one of America’s feast days: Tax Day. Some of you don’t celebrate it at all, as Uncle Sam requires you to give your “fair share,” but for many Americans they begin planning vacations, acquiring new cars or boats, and the like as they see the…

When You Must Not Pity: Loving Enemies & False Accusations

In the Old Testament law, everything was to be confirmed by the mouth of two or three witnesses (Dt. 17:6). Paul says in the New Covenant that we must not receive an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses (1 Tim. 5:19). The same standard applies to church discipline…