Don’t Check Your Brain at the Door

An exhortation I gave to New St. Andrews students the other day… Introduction Since we are coming down to the end of the school year and weather is warming up, I thought it would be good to remind you that part of the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our brains. Moses…

The Cause of the Stench

Morning Prayer Ex. 7:8-24, 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6 In Biblical imagery, it’s no accident that Satan shows up as a serpent or a dragon, and following this, satanic rulers are pictured as serpents and dragons and sea monsters. The seed of the serpent is at war with the seed of the woman. And there’s a family…

All About Love

Morning Prayer: Prov. 4:1-27, 1 Jn. 4:7-21 Wisdom and love. Get wisdom. Love God and everyone around you. In fact, Solomon says, love wisdom, embrace her, keep her in your heart, and keep your eyes fixed on her. So really when you get right down to it, it’s all about love. Love God, love your…

Drawing the Charge

Exhortation for Morning Prayer Nehemiah 13:4-22, Rev. 12:1-12 Central to the task of walking in the wisdom of Christ is obedience that could be mistaken for being a crank without actually being one. Nehemiah cleaned the Israelite house. He kicked Tobiah out of his digs on the sanctuary grounds, he threw down the gauntlet on…

What’s Growing?

Exhortation for Morning Prayer: The Lessons: 2 Kgs. 5:19-27, 1 Cor. 5:1-8 Leaven is mysterious. It works silently, slowly, hardly noticeable. But it’s alive, and it’s growing. The question is: what’s growing? A culture of life? Or is it growing death? Is it giving health to the body or is it a cancer? Perhaps Gehazi…

Follow Jesus, No Matter What

Morning Prayer Exhortation: 2 Sam. 14:1-20, Acts 21:1-14 In both lessons we’ve just read, bad advice is given in the mouths of seemingly good people. In Samuel, Absalom had been away from three years following the murder of his brother Amnon. Joab knows that David wants to bring Absalom home, but David hasn’t yet. Perhaps…

NSA Exhortation: How Worship Trains Us for War and Life

We are an educational community that believes in the power of prayer and worship. We believe that when Jesus is worshiped as Lord of all things, and when His will is sought earnestly, God answers, God acts, and Reformations break out. We not only believe that God is capable of starting Reformations and Revivals. We…

NSA Exhortation: The Humility of God: Phil. 2:1-13

IntroductionWe have met our God most directly, most clearly in Jesus Christ. Who is God? Who is the Triune God? Who is our God? Our God is the One who was born of Mary, anointed with Spirit, crucified on a Roman cross, and resurrected on the third day. Our God is the God who does…

NSA Disputatio Exhortation: Proving Your Liberty: Just How Free Are You?

What is liberty? What is freedom? First, we begin with the assertion that God is perfect freedom. Whatever freedom is, God is most supremely free. Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17). We might be tempted to condense this talk into a sentence…