Hypocrisy, Ash Wednesday, and the Gospel

So I need to follow up on what I said in my recent Ash Wednesday homily. I received a few questions from friends, and I’m just assuming that there are likely more folks out there who didn’t understand me or had lingering questions. And let me just say at the outset that I really am…

When God Sent the First Tweet

Ok, so social media is a gigantic topic, and one that will not be exhausted here or anywhere anytime soon. But one we need to be working on. First, Christians (of all people) need to quit whining and complaining about Facebook and Twitter, etc. This is like Christians complaining about books or newspapers or magazines…

Relativism with Bible Verses

One of the things the Church is up against is the external pressure from the unbelieving world to cave on the authority of Scripture. But one of the reasons the world badgers and mocks the Church is because the Church sends signals of insecurity and vulnerability to the world. The Church doesn’t trust her Lord…

Why Beauty Will Not Save the World

While I have argued to the contrary previously on this blog, I need to retrace my steps and make some clarifications. There is of course some sense in which Beauty will save the world. God is ultimate goodness and beauty, and God most certainly will save the world. He will put all things right. He…

An Armory for Modern Christians #10

The Glorious Strength of Fatherhood Introduction The Bible teaches that the glory of men is their strength (Prov. 20:29), and this glory is specifically given to every man to carry out their calling of fatherhood. This is not because every last man marries or begets biological children, rather this is because every man is created…

Mike & Grace

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk. 14:26). For some reason this hasn’t been a very popular Scripture for wedding homilies. But I want to argue that it…

Why I Discourage Making the Sign of the Cross

So I need to say a few words to my congregation about making the sign of the cross, but it’s the kind encouragement and exhortation that I don’t mind others listening in to and applying to their own situations with wisdom, so I’m posting it here. Anyone who attends Trinity Reformed Church knows that we…

An Armory for Modern Christians #9

The Beautiful Power of Motherhood Introduction The Bible teaches that every woman is created for motherhood, and this is not because every woman marries and bears biological children. Rather, there is something intrinsic about being made female in the image of God that gifts a woman with the beautiful power of motherhood that is deeper…

Ash Wednesday 2017

  One of the striking elements of our Ash Wednesday service is the recitation of the curses of the covenant found in Deuteronomy 27. This was included in Thomas Cranmer’s original Ash Wednesday service, and Martin Bucer – John Calvin’s mentor – said it was a “particularly wholesome ceremony” and went so far as to…

When You Must Not Pity: Loving Enemies & False Accusations

In the Old Testament law, everything was to be confirmed by the mouth of two or three witnesses (Dt. 17:6). Paul says in the New Covenant that we must not receive an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses (1 Tim. 5:19). The same standard applies to church discipline…