God Never Saved A Friend

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me.” Here, in our sermon text for today, God is speaking of…

Christians Like Food

When Jesus rose from the dead, He was hungry. In Luke’s gospel, Jesus shows up talking with two disappointed disciples on their way out of town after the crucifixion, and Jesus joins them for a meal. Later that same day, Jesus met all of the disciples in Jerusalem gathered together, and Jesus asks them if…

Go Ahead and Squish It

Sin, the flesh, death, and the devil are the enemies of God, and therefore they are the great enemies of the Church and every believing Christian. God has not made peace with those enemies, and therefore, we dare not either. But we do not wage our warfare against these enemies in the dark. In the…

Hasn’t Stifled Enough of Them

People are always asking me if the university stifles writers. I reply that it hasn’t stifled enough of them. There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good writing teacher. Flannery O’Connor

Even A Little Thing Like Death

A few weeks ago, my alter ego tweeted that “having room in theology for the just taking of life (capital punishment, war) is a refusal to make our physical/material state absolute,” and there were a few questions about that so I’ll elaborate here. First, full disclosure, these thoughts came off a slightly feverish (literally) day…

Real Glory vs. Fake Glory

Christianity & Culture Sunday School: Session 3 Romans 1: 19 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as…

Miniature Invasions of the Kingdom of God

Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. And as Tim Chester points out, a central part of that mission is embodied for us in the fact that Jesus came eating and drinking. He modeled in His…

You Know the Punch Line

At the beginning of our worship service, we have a confession of sin every week: we pray a prayer of confession together and then there is a moment of silence for you to confess your individual sins. But it’s important to point out that if you’re walking with Jesus, regularly confessing your sins as they…

How Confession of Sin Can Make Things Worse

So I tweeted a couple days ago that there’s a way to do a weekly confession of sin that actually makes things worse rather than better. And there were a few questions. So here are a few thoughts on the matter. First, the Bible verse: “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to…

The Gospel of Pain (Feat. Fun & Rihanna)

Take a pile of songs on the top of the Billboard Charts at random, close your eyes, and pick one, and chances are you’ve found a song that celebrates something ugly, abusive, hurtful, full of pain or at least fairly confused. Don’t misunderstand: I know the world is full of hurt, full of sin, full…