A Triple Light

Second Sunday in Christmas: Jn. 1:10-18 Introduction We were made for light. We were made to feel the warmth of light, to see the colors of light, and light is essential for life, quite literally. But just as man does not live by bread alone, so too man does not live by physical light alone….

As Sara Obeyed Abraham

There may be any number of startling moments in a Christian wedding, but perhaps the bride’s vow of obedience to her husband ranks among the most startling. So we should take care to explain what we mean by it and why we believe it is an important part of a Christian wedding ceremony. The origin…

Must Sinners Stay Dead?

One of the most glaring problems for those who deny that Christ’s death was in any way a penal substitution for the sins of men is the throbbing death knell sounding throughout the pages of Scripture. Critics of PSA (penal substitutionary atonement) often claim that Christ’s death need not be considered the punishment due for…

Mary’s Song

In the beginning there was song. It was a song that had never begun but wound through the ages ever new, ever old, ever glory, ever wonder. It was full of polyphony and harmony, a continuous blend of perfect rhythms and syncopations, musical themes, jokes, and resolutions, with a central refrain, a chorus of one…

It’s a Boy

My father in-law is in labor. The doctors call it cancer, the kind that attacks the bones. There are treatments but no known medical cures. So a couple times a week, my mother in-law drives him down to the edge of a cliff. Somebody carved a road in the side of the cliff, and at…

Christmas Establishment

Fourth Sunday in Advent: Rom. 16:25-27 Introduction Every religion, every worldview is concerned to provide human beings with the solution to their finitude, the solution to their limits. Frequently, the problems we face seem to amount to our being finite: if we had limitless access to space and time, we would know who to marry,…

“Gay Christians” & the Inherent Asymmetry of the World

Just a quick comment on a post by Matthew Lee Anderson on the inter-evangelical discussion of whether Christians can self identify as “gay,” that is, being attracted to the same sex, while remaining staunchly committed to the norms of chastity outside of marriage and monogamous heterosexual marriage. In other words, the question is: Can a…

Christmas Peace & Wisdom

Third Sunday in Advent: 1 Thess. 5:12-24 Introduction In some ways, this final section of Thessalonians is like the short hand exhortations of a coach to his team in the huddle before they sprint back onto the field. These are short summary commands that outline the way Christians are to be a ready people, prepared…

Martin Luther is My Homeboy or Why I’m not Attracted to Papist Schlock

Let me direct your attention to a nice bit of Roman Catholic propaganda here. An acquaintance on Twitter links it approvingly, and based on the comments below the article it had its intended effect among… Roman Catholics. And maybe it was just meant to be a mushy Hallmark card moment for RC’s, but for whatever…

Where’s Your Avant-Garde?

I doubt it’s possible to be human without leaning into the world, leaning into the future. To be made in God’s image, the God of creation, the God of the future, is to have this disposition naturally occurring in human nature. Though because of sin and death, it frequently occurs bent and distorted, often leaning…