A Prayer For These Days

Almighty and Most Merciful God: You spoke the worlds into existence. The mountains stand by your command. The oceans toss and foam because you tell them to. The earth shakes at the sound of your voice. When we disobeyed your voice, when we did not love your Word, the world grew wicked and so you…

Boot Camp #2: Triune Love & Covenant Life

Introduction The Gospel that we looked at last week implies a certain view of God and therefore of man made in His image. The good news that Jesus died for our sins and was raised again for our salvation is only the tip of the iceberg. The most famous Bible verse: “For God so loved…

The Last Enemy

If you’ll be in or around North London at the end of June, you should check this out.

What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who believes that the answer to all the brokenness, pain, and evil in this world is the death of a man named Jesus two thousand years ago. How could the death of one man be the answer to terrorism, abuse, betrayal, cancer, or crime? The answer is that this man Jesus…

The Straight Bloody Gospel

Introduction I’m calling this Bible Study “Boot Camp” for at least two reasons. First, boot camp is meant to get a man into shape. It focuses on the basics of fitness and health and is meant to train a man’s instincts. Similarly, this study is just the basics, nothing fancy, but hopefully it’s the kind…

Jesus is Enough Life

Second Sunday in Easter: Col. 3:1-11 What is life? What does it mean to be alive? On the one hand we might define it purely physically, biologically: a heart beat, lungs breathing, a certain level of brain wave activity. When God created Adam, He breathed life into him, and he became a living being. But…

Witnesses of the Resurrection

We’ve just celebrated Easter yesterday, proclaiming Christ is risen! and in many of our communities and churches we will continue to celebrate over the next number of weeks proclaiming this truth, singing this truth, sharing this truth with neighbors and family members and friends. This is the good news, the gospel, that Jesus is risen…

A Feast for the Hungry

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.” (Is. 55:1) Isaiah promised the restoration of Israel and said that the sign of that restoration would be a lavish feast spread for the hungry…

Not Even Death

When we say Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! We are not merely making a declaration about what happened to one man 2000 years ago. We of course mean that too, but we also mean much more than that. We mean much for than that because what happened means much more than that. When…

Jesus is Not a Victim: Good Friday 2013

“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment I received of my Father.” (Jn. 10:17-18)…