Religion of the Dead

Judges 21:1-15, Mk. 15:33-41 The Christian faith is not a religion of near-misses and close-calls. The Christian faith is the religion of the dead. Human sin and depravity cannot be coaxed back to life. The sin of Adam did not contract a disease; in the day that we ate, we died. This is part of…

Unexpected Grace

Luke XXVIII: Luke 7:18-35 Introduction This story is all about expectations. John needs reassurance that his expectations about Jesus are correct. Jesus asks the people about their expectations concerning John. And finally, Jesus explains why the expectations of the Pharisees are wrong. And the questions looming behind these expectations are about who Jesus is and…

Wisdom Is There

“Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads — she takes her stand; Beside the gates, in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals — she cries aloud” (Prov. 8:1-3). This is a wonderful assertion. The previous chapter, Proverbs 7, is…

Authority & Compassion

Luke XXVII: Lk. 7:1-17 Introduction While Luke has finished teaching on leadership and discipleship in His Kingdom, He isn’t done demonstrating what it looks like. In these two episodes, Luke illustrates what the Lordship of Jesus does in a rich and powerful centurion and a weak and defenseless widow. The Powerful Centurion A centurion was…

Taking Every Thought Captive #1

[Note: these are the notes for a talk I gave yesterday as part of an assembly series this year at Logos School.] Introduction The Christian doctrine of creation is in some ways the foundation of the Christian worldview. Nearly everything that needs to be unpacked from the rest of Scripture is found at least in…

Eyes, Trees, and Houses

Luke XXVI: Luke 6:39-49 Introduction Jesus concludes His charge to those who would lead His people and (by implication) those who would follow Him (and them), with three exhortations. Seeing Clearly First, a leader must be someone who sees clearly. A blind leader will produce blind followers (Lk. 6:39-40). In order for a leader to…

Tactics of Grace

Luke XXV: Lk. 6:27-38 Introduction When you follow Jesus, you are committing your life to the One who became impoverished for us, hungry for us, sorrowful for us, rejected and excluded for us. This is why when we experience those same things, we can rejoice and be glad. The reason we receive those situations in…

Disturb Us, Lord

          Disturb us, Lord, when We are too pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess We have lost our thirst For…

Jesus and Vulnerability-Based Leadership

We have hosted a monthly men’s forum periodically over the years, and this year’s topic is dedicated to leadership. Each month we are watching video clips giving some significant exhortation on what great leadership is. This month’s meeting began with a clip from a Patrick Lencioni talk on the Five Dysfunctions of a Team which…

The Happiness of Jesus

Luke XXIV: Luke 6:20-26 Introduction Setting aside some of the intriguing questions about whether this is the same sermon as the Sermon on the Mount in Mathew 5-6, we can at least acknowledge that it is a very similar one. Nevertheless, Luke has very clearly presented this sermon as delivered to the “disciples” in the…