Entering Into His Joy

Luke L: Lk. 15:1-32 Introduction This famous chapter of Luke focuses on how God responds when sinners repent, and our temptations when that happens. God rejoices when sinners repent, but sinners are tempted to sin by not entering into His joy. Summary of the Text: This chapter consists of three stories about things that have…

Incarnation & F-Bombs

Words are powerful. The Bible opens with God speaking and creating the universe with His Word. Then the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, as of the only-begotten of the Father full of grace and truth. This is the Word by Whom, God upholds the universe. And this same…

Entertainment as Friendship

[Note: This is the outline for a talk I gave this morning for the Logos School Secondary Assembly on Entertainment.]   “Hey, hey, hey I got a condo in Manhattan Baby girl, what’s hatnin’? You and your ass invited So gon’ and get to clappin’…” -Bruno Mars, That’s What I Like Introduction Christians should think…

Salt for the Feast: The Gift of Shame

Luke XLIX: Lk. 14:1-34 Introduction What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you? What’s the most shameful thing you’ve ever thought or said or done? This passage is about the gift of shame. Summary of the Text: Jesus dines with a ruler of the Pharisees on a Sabbath and heals a man with…

Weight of Glory

In Memory of Eileen Lawyer It was pitch dark when it all began, when an old man hobbled out into the blackness. The memory of light had all but nearly faded. And a voice like a storm spoke and said ‘I will make it light again’. And the old man asked, ‘How will you make…

The Narrow Door of Faith

Luke XLVIII: Lk. 13:18-36 Introduction Hebrews says that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen (Heb. 11:1). Here, in these three scenes, Jesus challenges His followers to truly believe in Him. Summary of the Text: Jesus begins by comparing the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed that grows…

Repent or Perish

Luke XLVII: Luke 13:1-17 Introduction Jesus gives three teachings in this portion of the gospel, all centered around the glorious call to repentance. Repentance & Calamities Jesus has just finished charging his followers to read the signs of the times and warned them about petty disputes (Lk. 12:54-59). It’s at “that very time” when some…

Pink Hair & the Love of Christ

Clearly this post on pink hair has struck a bit of a nerve, and as there have been a few questions, I wanted to follow up with a couple more thoughts. First, the goal really must be compassion. The problem is that the God-haters have almost entirely hijacked the meaning of the word compassion. Compassion…

Pink Hair & Boys Wearing Girls’ Underwear

Friends, we need to talk about this latest hair-dying fad. You know, the greens and the purples and oranges and pinks. And I’m not talking primarily about the obviously angry and bitter women out there in the world, I’m actually talking about otherwise sweet, gracious Christian women showing up with all manner of bright colors…

Mary Magdalene and You: Resurrection Day 2017

Jn. 20:1-18 Introduction It’s no accident that the very first eyewitness of the resurrection was Mary Magdalene. Her testimony has been remembered and celebrated since the earliest days of the Christian faith and remains a wonderful encouragement to us. Who Was Mary Magdalene? Tradition has suggested that Mary Magdalene may have been the unnamed sinful…