Patriarchy Domesticated

In Leon Podles’ excellent book The Church Impotent, he points out that from the beginning men were created to leave. In summarizing how marriage works, Genesis says: “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother…” But this pattern holds in life as well. Men go out, leave, explore. From Odysseus to Beowulf to…

What Are Men For? (Part 2)

Introduction Last week we grounded true masculinity in the story of the covenant, seen particularly in the first and last Adams. Men are people particularly created and called to take responsibility, to take the lead in serving and guarding the gifts entrusted to them. This is because the glory of men is their strength (Prov….

The Law Has a Face

When we talk about what men are for or what women are for one of the great temptations is get all tangled up in all the ways you have failed, all the ways you haven’t met the standard. And then you come to this table feeling all beat up. But in Jesus, we do not…

To Light Up the World

“You are the light of the world… let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Mt. 5:14, 16) Jesus says that people are for good works. Good works are words, actions, even thoughts that extend the first good work of creation….

Furry and Making Noises

God and Country? When I see your run-of-the-mill Christian history textbooks with this “God and Country” jargon, something deep inside me goes blech. Kind of like when you discover something growing in an old Tupperware dish in the back of the fridge. It reeks and it’s all furry and making noises, and you’re a little…

What Are Men For?

Introduction The good news is that Jesus came to save men. This of course implies that men need saving. This also implies that God loves men. God loves masculinity. There is something uniquely glorious about a man that God delights in. Thoroughly Covenantal The first thing we have to understand in order to understand what…

The Poison of the Petty Heart

These are notes from the talk I gave last night at CRF, the campus ministry of Christ Church and Trinity Reformed Church: Pettiness is a sin that begins and flourishes in the first instance in the heart. It emerges into the daylight as snide comments, a critical spirit, condescending looks, self-righteous pity parties, and occasionally…

All the Grace that We Need

“Choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in who land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15) One of the customs we have at…

What Are People For? (Part 2)

Introduction Last week we said that people were made for worship. Worship is the foundational work for taking dominion of the world and bearing God’s image rightly. We saw this particularly presented in the gift of food. Today we consider what “good works” are. New Creation & Good Works Creation was the first “good work”…

Already Forgiven

This meal, understood rightly, proclaims the biblical doctrine of justification by faith. But, in the history of the church, this meal has often been wrongly understood. Some have thought that since Jesus meets us here, they had to be good enough to meet Him. So in some traditions people avoided taking communion, sometimes people give…