Seventh Sunday in Epiphany: Worship VI: Worship and Culture

Opening Prayer IntroductionWe believe that what we do here impacts the rest of the world. We see this taught from the beginning verses of Genesis (2:10ff): the garden/sanctuary is to flow out to the four corners of the world. We see this in the worship of Abraham as the proto-conquest of Canaan, the worship that…

40 for Lent

Today is the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany. This Wednesday we will enter the season of Lent, the forty days leading up to the passion and resurrection of Jesus. Historically this season has been marked with fasting, acts of repentance and restitution, and deeds of mercy. In Lent, we the people of God…

In the Name of

Raymond Brown suggests that when Peter exhorts new believers to be baptized “in the name of Jesus Christ” (Acts 2:38), he is primarily referring to the confession that new believers would make at their baptism: e.g. “Jesus Christ is Lord” (cf. 1 Cor. 1:2, Phil. 2:11). This is an interesting speculation that would fit nicely…

Insulting 101

Thou tottering rump-fed clotpole!

Woodruff Road Federal Vision Conference

Xon has been busily putting some replies/responses to the recent conference on the Federal Vision at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church. The mp3s of the conference are available on the side bar under “Podcast: Misc Sermons.” Those on either side of the debate might be interested to see a sane, level-headed, and cordial analysis from the…

Conquest by Sabbath

This meal is a Sabbath meal. It is a feast of rest and gladness. We sit down at this meal because that is what Jesus and his disciples did, but we also sit down at this meal because we are at rest. By faith we are entering that rest now. We are eating and drinking…

Sixth Sunday in Epiphany: Worship V: The Lord’s Day II: Hebrews 4

Opening Prayer: Our Father, we confess that when it comes to the subject of the Lord’s Day and the Sabbath we are a confused people. We come to you now trusting and believing that your Word is our life and our hope and our rest. Speak to us words of correction where we need to…

The Sabbath Mind

The Lord’s Day is the only obligatory feast in the Christian calendar. Christians are not to forsake assembling together. This means that Christians are not required to celebrate Christmas or Easter or Pentecost. The church may not bind anyone’s conscious with requirements that cannot be derived from Scripture. Christians are free not to celebrate these…

Justifying God

Paul quotes Psalm 51 in Romans 3 where he insists that God’s justice will be upheld even if covenant members are unfaithful. In Psalm 51 the context is David’s confession of sin, and part of the point is that David’s confession is a vindication of God’s justice. In other words, when we confess our sins…

Insulting 101

Thou surly fat-kidneyed vassal!