Jesus Calls Sinners

Luke XXI: Lk. 5:27-39 Introduction This passage is about how God has broken into the world that was growing old under the curse of sin and death, and how He has begun to infect it with His new life. Jesus Calls In Jesus, God has come to interrupt us with His grace. And here, He…

Jesus Our Healer

One of the accusations leveled against our community has been our lack of care for the victims of abuse. And wound into that accusation is the assumption that instead of caring for children and victims, our refusal to cow to the accusatory catcalls is necessarily just an act of self defense, defending leaders and pastors…

Grace, Unity, & Orcs

As it turns out, I need to say a few more things about the nature of disagreement in the Christian Church, and I also need to talk about Orcs. First, on disagreement: There’s an easy optical illusion created by the blessing of God combined with just enough geographical distance for people to look at Moscow…

We Do Not Lose Heart

Just a few quick follow up thoughts on grace and justice in difficult pastoral situations. First, I linked a post from Tim Bayly this morning that is a great example of gracious, thoughtful disagreement with the way another session of elders has handled a difficult situation. It is helpful not only because of its tone…

On Disagreement & the Injustice of the Internet Lynch Mob

In the wake of recent discussions surrounding the Steven Sitler situation here in Moscow, I wanted to offer several thoughts on the matter. I had the privilege of a helpful exchange on Twitter on Sunday with Boz Tchividjian, the founder of GRACE, a ministry whose self-described mission is to recognize, prevent, and respond to child…

How Jesus Cleans & Forgives

Luke XX: Lk. 5:12-26 Introduction In order to understand the healings of the leper and the paralytic, you have to understand a little bit about the Old Testament purity system, a fairly complex code of cleanliness regulating how one could draw near to God in worship (Lev. 13-15). Uncleanness & God’s Grace “Leprosy” was a…

Jesus the Fisherman

Luke XIX: Lk. 5:1-11 Introduction Today Luke introduces us to another important aspect of the ministry of Jesus: the friendship and hospitality of God. But Jesus does not merely come to meet us and welcome us, He comes to interrupt us, to catch us, to commandeer us. The Hospitality & Friendship of God The incarnation…

Faith For Life

The sixth, seventh, and eighth videos are now out on Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted baby parts. If you have not yet watched them or shared them, I’d encourage you to do so. As many of us transition from the end of summertime into the school year, it might be easy to feel a slight tug to…

Preaching the Kingdom

Luke XVIII: Lk. 4:31-44 Introduction Jesus came healing the sick, but every single person that Jesus healed is dead. Every single healing Jesus performed was a temporary healing – they all eventually died. This raises questions about the healing ministry of Jesus. Why perform healings at all if they will only be temporary? And why…

Pro-Life Education

[Note: This is an exhortation I gave to the teachers and staff of White Horse Hall this morning.] It’s been an interesting summer. Kicked off with the Obergefell decision mandating homosexual marriage, and then David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress began dropping undercover sting videos on Planned Parenthood. The videos have confirmed what…