Second Sunday in Lent: Fifth Commandment II: Gen. 17:1-11, 1 Jn. 2:1-17, Jn. 8:28-59

Introduction Looking out over the congregation at TRC, we must recognize the enormous blessing that is being bestowed upon us in our children (Ps. 127:3). But this should also be a regular reminder of the high calling and responsibility that comes along with these gifts. Some of you are tempted to despair constantly, and some…

Day 7: A Woman

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…

Day 6: Holiness is Fierce

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…

What Reformed Ritual Does to Us

Reformed Protestants generally adopt only one physical posture in worship — sitting to listen to a sermon — and therefore we are trained in only one spiritual posture. We are trained to accept as a matter of course that it is possible to think our way through life, all of life. -Peter Leithart, Against Christianity,…

The Assault Weapons of the Spirit

While I’m on the Reformation, I’d just like to make a comment about worship music in general. Channeling some of what James Jordan has pointed out in the past: you can probably identify some of the most potent practices in the church by following how they get distorted or marginalized in the history of the…

Glory Fat

This last Sunday I got back into my sermon series on the Ten Commandments, picking back up with the Fifth Commandment. As you may note in the outline published a few posts below this one, we traced some of the connotations of the word “honor,” particularly in Exodus. I need to make one clarification about…

The Reformation was an Exodus

The Reformation was an Exodus: Luther, Bucer, Calvin, Knox and their sidekicks were the Moses and Aaron and Joshua and Caleb of the 16th century, and they led a great mixed multitude out of an Egypt that had arisen in the very Church of God. The Pope had become a tyrannical pharaoh, and his bishops…

Day 5: The Circus

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…

First Sunday in Lent: Fifth Commandment: Dt. 6:16-25, Eph. 5:1-11, 6:1-4, Mt. 20:20-28

Introduction While we frequently assume that the fifth commandment is particularly for our children, there is no reason to assume that this word was any less directed at the rest of Israel than the others. In fact, if this command does anything, it actually assumes that all of Israel qualifies as children, and therefore the…

Day 4: Face to Face

I teach Rhetoric 2 to sophomores at Logos School here in Moscow, Idaho, and every year around this time, I assign the (now famous) Journal Project. The Journal Project consists of 30 days of journal entries on the same topic. The students are given one day off each week, so we complete the Journal Project over the…