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…

Weddings as Warfare

Anymore, a Christian wedding is a declaration of war. In some ways, I wonder if it would be appropriate to paint our faces blue and have you yell your vows at the top of your lungs. Maybe if we were Scottish; maybe if all the men were wearing kilts. But what I mean is that…

The Sovereignty of Joy

Introduction We are “Reformed” Christians which means that we understand our place on the family tree of Christendom as a branch descended from the Protestant Reformation and specifically, an English strand of the Reformation represented by the Westminster Confession of Faith. One of the most central, distinguishing features of the Reformed faith is our celebration…

Against Bishops Not Beer: Lewis on the Puritans

I just ordered my own copy of English Literature in the 16th Century by C.S. Lewis, but just to whet my appetite and yours, I found these quotes on the Puritans here and copied them for our mutual enjoyment: The fierce young don, the learned lady, the courtier with intellectual leanings, were likely to be…

The Gospel in Wedding Clothes

Isaiah 61 is about a great restoration, a great release, a great renewal of Israel, and through Israel, the whole world. And this renewal is pictured in wedding garments: the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness are like a bridegroom that decks himself in ornaments, like a bride adorned with jewels (Is. 61:10)….

Beauty on a Bloody Ground

Santiago & Kate, Psalm 145 is a song about the kingdom of God, about the majesty of God’s reign, and we know from our vantage even more fully what the psalmist is talking about because Jesus is God with us. Jesus is the perfect image of the invisible God. And He came proclaiming the Kingdom of…

How The Risen Jesus Overcomes Shame

Sermon for Easter Sunday 2014: Jn. 20:1-18 Introduction One of the striking elements of all the gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus is the fact that women were the first witnesses. There are different details, different aspects of focus, but all four gospel accounts agree that women were the first to find the empty…

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,…

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…