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…

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…

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…

Sons in Our Father’s House

Minor Prophets XVIII: Malachi Introduction Malachi is the last of the Minor Prophets and the last book of our Old Testament. It was probably written in the mid fifth century B.C. and therefore the last book of the Old Testament to be composed. Malachi is a fitting end to the Book of the Twelve and…

On Persuasion

Persuasion is a funny thing. Perhaps at turns like a chess match, like a roller coaster, like falling in love. Becoming convinced of something that you formerly didn’t believe consists frequently of many different elements: a sharp chisel sometimes cracking granite, shaving edges. At other times it’s like trudging home in the falling snow, white…

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 Day of Joy & Judgment

Minor Prophets XIV: Zephaniah 1-3 Introduction Zephaniah is a prophecy of God’s coming in judgment on Jerusalem, but Zephaniah gives us a glimpse of the joy that drives the judgment. The Text: Zephaniah ministers during the reign of King Josiah, probably around 639-629 B.C., before the fall of Nineveh (1:1, cf. 2:13) and probably before…

Seeing the Father

Perhaps one of the most important assumptions embedded in the doctrine of the Trinity is that the central way God is revealed is through Jesus Christ. And what we mean is that what is most crucial for us to know about God, what is most true about God and what we most need to understand…