Frozen & The Great Spring to Come

Saw Frozen last night with the family, and it struck me that the climax of the movie is actually a fairly good picture of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus — not perfect, but pretty good. If you haven’t seen the movie, and don’t want to spoil it, you’d probably want to stop reading this post…

You Don’t Love Stuff Enough

One of the responses I’ve gotten from my recent grenade launch against foodolatry and healtholatry is that I don’t like people liking stuff very much. Of course if you read the posts, you’ll find that such sentiment is entirely absent from my argument. But just to make it crystal clear, I would actually take the…

God Invades Flesh

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Is. 7:10-16, Rom. 1:1-7, Mt. 1:18-25 Introduction Christmas means that God invades the ordinary. God invades our unlikeliness. God invades the details. What did Salmon think, marrying the recently converted harlot from Jericho? What did Boaz think, marrying the Moabite widow? Ask A Sign When Isaiah instructs Ahaz to ask for…

Duck Dynasty, Smuggies, and Christmas

I’ve tried manfully not to post anything on the Phil Robertson/Duck Dynasty shindig. Not because I don’t have my opinions or thoughts but just cause I figured I’d just listen in to all the friendly chatter from the back porch. Besides it’s all snowy and white out here. But some of you drove me to…

The Quest for Authenticity & Justification

The quest for authenticity is all about justification, all about justice, all about being right. Those who set off on quests to “find themselves” can only do so under two possible scenarios. There are those who have already found themselves, and they found themselves when they were found. And when they were found, it was…

God Invades

I’m surely not the first to notice this, but the intro to Romans 1 is purposefully chiastic: A. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle B. which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures C. concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, born of the seed of David, according…

Wisdom is a Screamer

To cop a phrase from James Jordan, we really need to understand the difference between “weird” and “deep weird.” Please understand I’m using these terms in my own way and I don’t mean to implicate my friend in anything that follows (unless he joins in the fun of his own volition). In our world, and…

More on Sustainable Yoga Practices vs. Jesus

Well, since this morning’s post generated some questions, let me try to take a scatter shot approach to answering at least a few of them. First, as I noted in the post, there is a huge (like the size of the universe) range of freedom in the dominion mandate given to Adam and Eve, and…

Free Range, Gluten Free Yoga vs. Jesus

Maybe I live in a bubble. Maybe my sample is not a fair cross section of the American population. But I can’t get two steps these days without hearing the words organic, non-gmo, free range, natural, gluten-free, whatever. And every day it seems to get weirder. Add to this the workout gurus who worship their…

The Grace of Repentance

Second Sunday in Advent: Is. 11:1-10, Rom. 15:4-13, Mt. 3:1-12 Introduction Repent! When the Lord is about to come, when He acts to save, when He comes to judge, the announcement is: Repent! And from the first advent to the last advent of Jesus, this is one of the fundamental calls of the gospel: God…