Flies on a Corpse It seems strange that as Christians who celebrate the doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone (JFA), we have historically been so impotent to bring justice to our own families, churches, neighborhoods and cities. The doctrine of JFA means that God does not wait for us to be good, honest, clean or…

Baptismal Regeneration A friend wrote and asked me today, “Do you believe in baptismal regeneration?” I figure this is as good a time as any to answer the same question here. Below is largely what I wrote to him. As regards your question about “baptismal regeneration”: It depends on what you mean by the phrase….

We are the Menu We’ve noticed before that the sacrifices of God are spoken of in the Old Testament as the “bread” of God. God consumes these sacrifices as they are offered up in smoke on the altars of Israel. But every sacrifice began by laying hands on the head of the animal: the point…

First Sunday in Christmas: Exploring our Worship I: Leviticus 9 Prayer: Almighty and everlasting Father, we live in a generation of great confusion regarding how your people are to worship you. We confess that this is because of our own arrogance and presumption, and because we have not sought you with a whole heart. Be…

Real Accountability We live in a day and age where no one wants real accountability. We serve the gods of self, autonomy, and the almighty “I”. And when someone stands up and says that’s wrong, that’s stupid, or that’s foolish; there is a high likelihood that that person is going to get laughed, mocked, or…

A New Neo-Orthodoxy? Karl Barth sits on the top shelf with C.S. Lewis and Charles Hodge and a compendium of poetry. I smile at him, and he (even though he lost his dust cover many years ago now) smiles back at me. All that to say, I’ve read and benefited from some of the writings…

Inspirations, Gifts, and Fun Friends up in Lancaster, PA have started a new business to help churches and families grow in their ability to party down on the Lord’s Day. Abondante Living is up and running and filled with meals, decorations, and hosting ideas. Don’t be overwhelmed by all the details or finery; this is…

Rejoicing under His Wings One of the things Israel is most remembered for is her grumbling and complaining in the wilderness, all while God is miraculously feeding his people with bread and water and later even meat, literally falling from heaven. Bread is a picture of life and sustenance, and because of this, bread has…

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Christmas Eve Day: Luke 2:1-20: Bread and Glory Prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, we know that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of your mouth. And therefore we come to you now hungry for your word. We are your children; so feed us…

Gut Reactions

Reactions reveal our hearts. When the cup tips over, when the toast burns, when the employee is late again, when your child disobeys again, when she says that or he makes that face, how do you react? In the Hebrew worldview the heart was down in the guts, in the kidneys. We still recognize this…