Why Do We Repent?

I want to ask a question that may initially seem off topic for the theme of this evening’s service. Why do we repent? Why do we say we’re sorry and ask for forgiveness? We’re Christians, and so we know that we should repent, we should ask for forgiveness. We have been taught to keep short…

Of Gnats and Camels and Rat Poison

There was a recent Facebook extravaganza (conversation) regarding prayers to the departed saints which was touched off by my claim that this was little better preparation for heaven than studying the latest Playboy centerfold in preparation for marriage. Towards the end of the comments section, I suggested that there was a bit of gnat straining…

Palm Sunday: Seventh Commandment II: Isaiah 53-54:8, 1 Pet. 2:21-3:6, Jn. 16:16-24

Introduction Today marks the beginning of Holy Week or the week of the Passion, in which together with the saints throughout the world we remember the final events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are also continuing our study of the seventh commandment. Today we consider how Jesus is our…

As Real as Salamanders

Are baptism and the Supper symbols or realities? It is a false question. Words are symbols, but we know that words have enormous power for good or evil. A flag, a handshake, a kiss, a poster, are symbols but they are clearly as real as stars and snakes and salamanders. So, to say that the…

Fifth Sunday in Lent: Seventh Commandment I: Josh. 24:14-28, James 4:1-10, Lk. 16:13-31

Introduction Physical adultery is always the result of spiritual adultery. If we want to be faithful to our spouse, we must first be faithful to our God. Joshua 24 Joshua gathers all of the elders of Israel together to renew the covenant with them before God (Josh. 24:1). Joshua reviews Israel’s history, particularly focusing on…

Fourth Sunday in Lent: Sixth Commandment II: Prov. 4:10-5:6, Heb. 13:1-17, Jn. 10:7-18

Introduction We could go in numerous directions with the sixth commandment, but I want to focus our attention this morning on the connection between our duty to honor life and human sexuality. The Text Solomon pleads with his son to listen to his instructions so that his life may be blessed (Pr. 4:10). This reminds…

Third Sunday in Lent: Sixth Commandment I: Gen. 3:1-24, Rom. 5:1-21, Matt. 5:17-26

Introduction The prohibition of murder is fundamentally connected to our doctrines of life, death, sin, and salvation in Christ. The first Adam’s sin was in effect the first great murder, leading to millions more, but the second Adam was murdered for the salvation and resurrection of millions. The First Murder In the beginning God created…

The Exact Hem Lines of the Fig Leaf Skirts

God created the world good, and He created it for man to enjoy in communion with Him. God created trees and leaves and the rest of creation to be constant reminders of the presence of God so that in our enjoyment of them, we would meet and commune with our Father. But when our first…

How to Give Your Testimony if You Grew Up in the Church

If you grow up in some fire-eating baptist circles, you know from an early age that you are a black-hearted son of the serpent from conception, raging with murderous God-hating genes, and until you grow up and reveal your true colors, rebelling against every semblance of God, morality, and goodness, there is no hope for…

Like Ugly on Lady Gaga

If you’ve been around this blog or read or listened to much of anything I’ve been interested in over the last few years, you’d know that I’m a fan of robust, historic Christian worship. At Trinity, we follow a very traditional liturgy in our worship, we sing historic hymns and psalms and canticles and chants,…