Don’t Forget Who You Are

Don’t ever forget who you are in Christ. Especially when the world is dark, when your sin is big, when the failures of others sting, when you are confused and unsure what to do. Remember who you are in Christ: For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). You…

Grace for Ungracious Brothers

Minor Prophets VIII: Obadiah Introduction Obadiah is the smallest book of the Old Testament. Obadiah is a book dedicated to the descendants of Esau, Jacob’s older twin brother. Obadiah is a little book, but it has an important message for brothers. Background Amos mentions Edom in his litany of judgments at the beginning of his prophecy…

Brotherhood by Baptism

In some modern translations of the Bible, the translators have thought that it is very important to translate the word “brothers” as “brothers and sisters” – even though the apostles just used the word brother. I think people are too quick to assume that the apostle was just a man of his times which turned…

The Gospel in Wedding Clothes

Isaiah 61 is about a great restoration, a great release, a great renewal of Israel, and through Israel, the whole world. And this renewal is pictured in wedding garments: the garments of salvation and the robe of righteousness are like a bridegroom that decks himself in ornaments, like a bride adorned with jewels (Is. 61:10)….

Clothed

Morning Prayer Exhortation Is. 61:10-11, Gal. 4:4-7 Isaiah says that God’s salvation is like a garment, like a robe of righteousness, like festal wedding gowns. Clothing in the Bible represents God’s grace, His blessing for a particular purpose. The priests are the most obvious example of this. But prophets have cloaks, and kings wear royal…

Scandalous Grace

One of the greatest scandals of the gospel is the free grace of forgiveness. But we say this, and I do not think we often let it sink in. The scandal of free grace is God’s love of sinners, God’s love of His enemies, His love of the worst kinds of evil people. We like…

Truth for Beauty’s Sake

One more quick thought about my earlier post on truth: Defending the “truthiness” of truth is as much a defense of beauty and aesthetics as it is a doctrinal defense. Insisting that we guard truth carefully is like defending school bus yellow or fire engine red. There are many variations on red and yellow, and…

Terra Firma Truth

I ate lunch yesterday with Doug Wilson which is always a treat and something we chatted about got me all worked up. I know he already posted something somewhat related to what follows here, but for whatever it’s worth, here’s some more, coming from a slightly different angle. So… truth is a person. Truth is…

How to Bless America (when you don’t want to)

On the occasion of our nation’s 238th birthday, let me add a few cents to the general mayhem. First off, I think I understand the general millennial cringe when it comes to Bible-belt patriotism. I grew up with George Bush Sr. doing his thing, and even though we were always generally in favor of pro-life…

God Provides the Lion and the Lamb

In Revelation 5, John weeps because there is no one worthy to open the scroll and loose its seals. But one of the elders calms him and says, “Do not weep. Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals”…