Drawing the Charge

Exhortation for Morning Prayer Nehemiah 13:4-22, Rev. 12:1-12 Central to the task of walking in the wisdom of Christ is obedience that could be mistaken for being a crank without actually being one. Nehemiah cleaned the Israelite house. He kicked Tobiah out of his digs on the sanctuary grounds, he threw down the gauntlet on…

The World is a Treasure Hunt

Here are my notes for a talk I gave this morning at Logos School. I didn’t end up looking at my notes so it came together a bit differently than this, but this was the gist of the message. Introduction The first thing we need to get down is the fact that God is the…

Karl Marx & Justification by Faith

Just had a fun time being interviewed by Classical Conversations radio yesterday. We talked about the Christian concept of work, the world as a treasure hunt, and how the Fall inhibits our labor. You can listen to the whole interview here. One of the questions I was asked, I thought I would elaborate on a…

In Defense of the Protestant Reformation or How the New Eve Got More Lovely

Anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time knows that I can wax polemical from time to time. Given my story and the little tree stump I’ve been given, some of my more polemical writing has centered on the goodness of Protestantism, the necessity of the Reformation, and various angles on why I…

Justice Drake Sumpter

Dear Friends, We’ve been so blessed by your kind words and prayers and help during this time. Thanks so much to all of you. This morning we met our son, Justice Drake Sumpter. He had ten fingers and ten tiny fat toes (like his big brothers). And he’s safely home with Jesus. A little about…

How to Repent of Big Sin

Let’s say you’ve blown it really big. I’m talking about a several year porn problem with lies and cover ups. Or maybe you visited a strip club on a business trip and committed adultery. Maybe you’ve been embezzling money from your employer. Maybe you’ve been getting drunk or smoking pot or you’re addicted to prescription…

What This Meal Sounds Like

The most ideal way to learn a new language is through immersion. This is because language is not merely a mental phenomenon. Language is always incarnate. The meaning of words is bound up with inflection, facial expression, context, history. Words are short hand for actions, for rituals, for events, for feelings. In other words, all…

Grace to You

You have been summonsed here this morning by the God of the whole universe. We are not here on our own authority. We are not here in our own name. We are not here assembled hoping to accomplish something by our power, by our strength, by our wisdom. You are summonsed here this morning by…

What is Sex For? (Part 2)

Introduction One of the points we have been seeking to drive home is a biblical celebration of different kinds of glories, particularly the God-given differences between men and women. The great temptation is to despise difference, to resent that others are not like us. This is sometimes because we believe we are better, a fear…

Bloody, Fierce, and Hard

This meal is a love feast. It teaches us what love actually is. Love is not a feeling you get. Love is not a ditch you fall into or cliff you fall off of. Love is not getting turned on. Love is not breaking the rules and grabbing what you want. Greater love has no…