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)…

Broken for the Broken

This table is for sinners. This meal is not for good people. This bread is not for people who have their act together. This wine is not for people who have never made enormous mistakes. No, this bread is broken because Jesus was broken for the broken. This wine is His blood because Jesus bled…

The Kind of Lovely that Stays

Jesus came as the Second Adam, and this means the renewal of the human race. Last week, the exhortation was particularly aimed at men. This week the exhortation is for the women. Ladies, the Bible teaches that your glory, your strength is found particularly in your beauty and your powers of nurturing life. This glory…

A Party in Here

Is God good? That’s not just a question about intentions or absence of evil. I mean is God good? And if it’s God we’re talking about, He doesn’t get His attributes from the thrift store. He didn’t pick His goodness up at a garage sale. His attributes are not two sizes too small or something He…

The Exodus of Jesus

Our sermon text is about a new Exodus that God promises through Isaiah, an Exodus out of exile into freedom, into glory. In the gospels, the turning point in Jesus’ ministry, when He turns His face toward Jerusalem, is the transfiguration, when Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus, and He shines with the glory of…