God the Potter

At the end of Paul’s closing arguments about what God is up to in the world in Romans 9-11, he breaks into doxology. He bursts out: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of…

Joyful Resistance

One of the disciplines Christians need to learn and practice constantly is joyful resistance. But this is a virtue that is only possible in and through Jesus. It’s a virtue that rests on the unique doctrine of justification by faith. All other religions and philosophies are attempts to ascend to God, to find God, to…

The God Who Answers

Easter V: Lk. 1:5-25 [Note: the audio for this sermon can be found here.] Introduction Luke writes so that Theophilus and others like him would have certainty of the things he has been taught. The first episode in his gospel is the story of an uncertain old man. He has lived a long, faithful life…

Women Teaching Men Part 2

So we established in the previous post that the role of systematic theological categories is significant, but we also closed by noting that there are cultural tectonic plates at work in any discussion about the teaching role of women in the church. I said in my previous post that I suspect that any church that…

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Questions Skeptics Ask #2 As we continue through 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian, Harrison asks about the Cross what many non-Christians wonder: “Why would a god need to rely on such a disgusting and primitive act to forgive us and save us from judgment?” (15) Harrison wants to know why Christians think that the crucifixion of…

The Barren Gives Birth

Easter III: Lk. 1:5-7 Introduction We saw last week that Luke wrote this account in order to show how the gospel of Jesus makes sense. This “sense” is not based on pure human reason, but is like the good sense of a great story, full of mystery and tension culminating in deep, surprising joy and…

You Are This Story

What is resurrection life like? “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise…

Does the Trinity Make Sense?

Questions Skeptics Ask #1 I just picked up Guy P. Harrison’s book 50 Simple Questions for Every Christian. He writes as a committed unbeliever in order to help Christians “grasp why so many people think Christianity doesn’t make sense” (10). From time to time, I’d like to take chapters or sections of his book and…

Women Teaching Men: Part 1

First off, let me refer you over to a conversation on the femina blog from a few weeks ago which began with Nancy Wilson’s explanation for why she doesn’t normally speak at Bible conferences to co-ed audiences. She followed up with two additional posts (here and here) further elaborating her views, and Bekah Merkle followed up…

Luke I: Christian Certainty

Easter II: Luke 1:1-4 [Note: the audio for this sermon is available here.] Introduction Today we begin the gospel of Luke, and we begin by considering who Luke was, how he came to write his gospel account, and the purpose for his writing. Who Was Luke? Luke is the author of two books of the…