Death is Served

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Heb. 2:9) This meal is a feast, a joyful celebration of victory, but we should not forget what it…

A Sign & Wonder of Grace

“Behold I and the children which God hath given me.” (Heb. 2:13) The writer of Hebrews is quoting Isaiah 8 as a proof text to show that God always planned to become one of us. Isaiah 7-8 are all about Immanuel which means God-with-us, but wound through the prophecies of coming Immanuel, are the enacted…

The Summer is Not Yours

Summertime can be many things for many people. It may be a time for vacations, a time for more reading, a time for weddings and moves and transitions. It can be busy, eventful, stressful, less organized, less routine, for some even lonely. But remember that summer, like every season, is a gift from God. Warmer…

Glory Has Feet: Psalm 8

Fifth Sunday in Trinity Season: Ps. 8, Heb. 1:1-4, 2:1-10, Mt. 21:1-16 Introduction This summer we will be looking at eight Psalms together, asking God to shape us more into a community of people prepared for every good work. We begin with Psalm 8, a song of praise by David that reminds us what God’s…

Learning from our Father

Every Sunday, the deacons bring our tithes and offerings forward and set them here on this table. It’s worth pointing this out because it’s not just a nice thing we do. When we bring your tithes and offerings forward, we are doing it as an act of worship, an act of allegiance, an act of…

Jesus the Great Adventurer

The Heidelberg Catechism famously begins: What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own but belong body and soul, in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ… Joseph and Sarah, I know that this question and answer are dear to you. And I know that…

Called to Discipleship

At the beginning of worship every week, you are called to worship. The Call to Worship is labeled Entrance in your bulletin and includes our processional hymn, the Greeting, and our opening Prayer, the Collect for Purity. At the beginning of the worship service, you are summonsed by the God of the whole universe to…

Still Twitching

Christians will always be for a “third way.” Individual Christians may be members of particular political parties, organizations, cultures, denominations, associations, whatever, but they do so always tentatively, with relative loyalty to the party. Our citizenship is in heaven. We are colonists of another Empire. We are here to establish that Kingdom and its norms,…

The Cruciform Heart of the Arts

Part of the challenge of addressing the topic of Christians and the Arts is that Art and Beauty are some of the biggest idols in our day. Consider the fashion industry, movies, video games, theater, and popular music. Even sports have enormous aesthetic angles with their paraphernalia and nicknacks. You can tell the gods a culture…

Welcome to Extremist-ville

A reasonable follow up question to my recent post on Rush Limbaugh and Jesus is: why the obvious lean towards being willing to be mistaken for right-wing nut jobs? Why not speak more even-handedly about being associated with left-wing nut jobs too? Well in principle, that is of course true. We should be willing to…