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…

Wisdom & Folly, Piercings & Lemmings

A few days ago I tweeted this: “Nose piercings are not sinful. They’re just pretty decent indicators of a college student’s spiritual IQ” — and since I’ve received a few questions about it, I thought I’d follow up with a bit more explanation. First, the primary aim of the tweet wasn’t to get the world…

Complementarianism with Chest Hair

Let me draw your attention to this post from my good friend Douglas Wilson who makes fun of the pope’s Twitter feed on his way to making a number of very important points about masculine gentleness. Somebody in the comments suggested that he needed to go on and offer a bit more definition for what…

Sons of the Light

Second Sunday in Advent: 1 Thess. 5:1-11 Introduction Have you ever stumbled through a dark house at night? Ever tried to change a flat tire in the dark? Then you understand the importance of light, the necessity of light. You need light to see. You need light to find your way. Frequently, when hardships come,…

Let Them Know

Here in 1 Thess. 2:1-12, Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he and his companions labored for the gospel honestly and honorably. They used extreme care not to look or sound as if they were trying to score anything. They weren’t looking for money, and they weren’t looking for glory. They loved the Thessalonians like a…

The Objectivity of the Word

In recent years, many of my teachers and elders and friends have helpfully reminded the Church that God’s grace, His covenant and loyalty to His people is objective, historic, outside of the feelings of wavering, doubting, sin-ridden people. The Church is the center of this objective reality. Here, in the historic, concrete, gathering of believers…

Stay Awake

First Sunday in Advent: Mk. 13:24-37 Introduction What is it like to feel drowsy? To be nearly uncontrollably on the verge of falling asleep? Perhaps you have felt this way after driving for many hours or you’ve seen a small child or an elderly relative with their drooping eyelids and head repeatedly nodding in their…

Reconciliation Accomplished

When you take this bread and wine, you are not only receiving God’s promise to forgive all of your sins, you are also receiving God’s promise to forgive all who seek His forgiveness. Here, God displays His willingness to forgive your dad for his harsh words. Here, God displays His willingness to forgive your husband…

Prepare Him Room

As Christians, we insist that because of Jesus all is grace. Holidays, perhaps like no other time, press us, inquiring whether it really is all grace. Holidays are gifts. They are feasts. They are mini-Sabbaths. They mean grace, rest, relief, laughter. But there’s something about grace piled up, grace over flowing, kindness unleashed that tempts…

Where I Should Breathe

I feel words like hands holding My hands, leading me down a path Blindfolded while my feet trip Over stones stitched together By centuries of stepping and the taste Of briny rocks and anemone Filling up my mouth.   Stopping, the hands pull the Cloth from my eyes. One hand Shields against the glinting glare,…