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…

Why the Church Needs Men to Lead

One of the strongest arguments against the ordination of women for ministerial offices in the church may in fact be an argument from silence, or better, an argument from absence. During the course of Jesus’ ministry, He did not shy away from breaking various social taboos. He knew that healing on the Sabbath would put…

The Gospel Blimp

I have to admit that I was amused if not initially a bit unsure of the relevancy of the tale of The Gospel Blimp. It’s the first in a collection of parables by the late Joe Bayly, newly edited and re-released this month by Clearnote Press. The Gospel Blimp is the story of a couple…

Patriarchy Domesticated

In Leon Podles’ excellent book The Church Impotent, he points out that from the beginning men were created to leave. In summarizing how marriage works, Genesis says: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother…” But this pattern holds in life as well. Men go out, leave, explore. From Odysseus to Beowulf to…

What Are Men For? (Part 2)

Introduction Last week we grounded true masculinity in the story of the covenant, seen particularly in the first and last Adams. Men are people particularly created and called to take responsibility, to take the lead in serving and guarding the gifts entrusted to them. This is because the glory of men is their strength (Prov….

The Law Has a Face

When we talk about what men are for or what women are for one of the great temptations is get all tangled up in all the ways you have failed, all the ways you haven’t met the standard. And then you come to this table feeling all beat up. But in Jesus, we do not…

To Light Up the World

“You are the light of the world… let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt. 5:14, 16) Jesus says that people are for good works. Good works are words, actions, even thoughts that extend the first good work of creation….

Furry and Making Noises

God and Country? When I see your run-of-the-mill Christian history textbooks with this “God and Country” jargon, something deep inside me goes blech. Kind of like when you discover something growing in an old Tupperware dish in the back of the fridge. It reeks and it’s all furry and making noises, and you’re a little…

What Are Men For?

Introduction The good news is that Jesus came to save men. This of course implies that men need saving. This also implies that God loves men. God loves masculinity. There is something uniquely glorious about a man that God delights in. Thoroughly Covenantal The first thing we have to understand in order to understand what…

The Poison of the Petty Heart

These are notes from the talk I gave last night at CRF, the campus ministry of Christ Church and Trinity Reformed Church: Pettiness is a sin that begins and flourishes in the first instance in the heart. It emerges into the daylight as snide comments, a critical spirit, condescending looks, self-righteous pity parties, and occasionally…