Exhortation for Knox Presbytery 2012

God made men for glory. The glory of young men is their strength; silver hair is a crown of glory for older men. Children crown their fathers; grandchildren crown their grandfathers with glory. A wife is a crown of glory for man. God made men for glory. He put Aaron and his sons in garments…

Fight for Your Right to Party: Job vs. Shane Claiborne

I wrote an article with Peter Leithart a few years back for Touchstone Magazine which you can find here, in which we argued that the book of Job provides a curriculum, a template of sorts for how God loves to grow His people up into maturity, particularly a maturity that is increasingly drawn into the…

Knowing God is Hearing God

“We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” (1 Jn. 4:6) John says to first century Christians that they could tell who their friends should be based on who they listen…

The Most Dangerous Part of Baptism

All baptisms are miracles. And this is precisely why baptisms are dangerous. Some recognize the danger and opt to tame the word of God, mute the Scriptures, and  they say that baptism is the word of man. This is what it means to say that baptism is a public testimony, a profession of faith, telling…

11th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 30-31: Lessons: Ex. 31:1-18, 1 Cor. 2:1-16, Jn. 13:3-17

Introduction We noted previously that the tabernacle is a portable Mt. Sinai, but Mt. Sinai and the tabernacle are also miniatures of the whole universe (Heaven-Sky-Earth-Sea) created in Genesis 1. The chapters we consider today finish and organize the instructions for the tabernacle in 7 speeches meant to illustrate and emphasize how big God’s plan…

Jesus Died with You in Mind

This meal is a covenantal meal. Jesus said specifically: this cup is the new covenant in His blood. A covenant is a real, personal relationship, sealed in blood, with blessings and curses attached to it. Keeping covenant results in blessings while breaking covenant hauls out the curses. But how do we keep covenant? How do…

Get Bloody

In today’s sermon text, God gives the instructions for the priests’ garments. One of the things to notice is that God wants Israel to view the priest as a sort of warrior. His garments are like armor. He wears a breastplate, shoulder guards, and a robe like a coat of mail. To be near to…

Glory & Beauty

9th Sunday in Trinity: Exodus 27-28: Lessons: Ex. 28:1-30, 1 Pet. 2:1-12, Jn. 17:20-26 Introduction We continue to work through the book of Exodus this morning and the instructions for building the tabernacle and establishing faithful worship there. Today we look particularly at God’s determination to share His glory and beauty with His people. The…

Jared & Janine

The fact that we’re standing here today like this, with smiles on our faces about to celebrate this particular marriage is a miracle. There’s no good reason for this. There’s nothing really ordinary about any wedding. When you think about all the twists and turns in peoples’ lives, decisions to move, decisions to take particular…

Jesus & the Bikinis

There’s hardly any way to talk about the way women dress without coming off as the voyeristic pervert, the old cranky prude, or the fire-eating, Bible-thumping legalist, but whatever, there is a verse in the Bible somewhere that says Christian girls shouldn’t dress like harlots. And every once in a while someone should say so….