First Sunday of Advent: Seeing the City: Gen. 22:1-17, Heb. 11:8-22, Mk. 12:39-13:13

Introduction Advent means “coming,” and Advent celebrates God as the God who comes near to His people. This year we are using Heb. 11:10 as the thematic touchstone for the season: “For he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Summary of the texts: Hebrews describes the faith of…

Advent Prayers

Occasionally people have asked what my family does for Advent. I’ve posted a summary of our weekly tree-decorating antics here. We’re also doing the Advent wreath/candle custom this year, and I found these simple prayers that I’m using with the kids. These are so short and simple that they are easy for me (or mom)…

Campaigns, Seasons, and Advent

The good people over at Mars Hill have a nifty little PDF e-book called “Campaigns,” and I heartily recommend it to you. It struck me reading through it that this strategy for uniting a church around a particular mission and coordinating all teaching, preaching, small groups, music and arts around it is actually an incredibly…

Equipment for Relating to Others

As God is one and three, as God’s being is being in communion, so human being is being in communion. Made in the image of the triune God, we are always embedded in networks of relationship, long before we are conscious of that fact. Before we could talk or “make up our own mind,” we…

How Sabbath Builds Culture

I have an article up over at the Credenda website today. Check it.

Bring Sabbath With You

This coming week many of us will be gathering together with friends and relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we do so, we need to remember this meal, this Thanksgiving. This is where God is teaching us how to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is where God is teaching us how to eat together and live together in…

Last Sunday of Trinity Season: Fourth Commandment 3

Introduction Previously, we have seen that Sabbath pushes us outside of ourselves, commanding us to remember the people around us, guarding them, giving them life and rest, making a holy people. Last week, we focused primarily on the Sabbath building project. Sabbath is for giving ourselves and our resources to the building of God’s house….

Severe Burn Unit of the Universe

The cross of Jesus is the great leveler of the human race. In the cross of Christ every man, woman, and child is condemned. The standard of innocence, the standard of righteousness, the standard of perfection is displayed in the cross. And no one measures up. No one is innocent like Jesus. No one is…

Jesus is the Sabbath

Jesus is the Christian Sabbath in flesh. In the New Covenant, Sabbath is not a particular demarcation of time so much as it is a particular way of being in the world, by being in Christ, who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the Sabbath rest between the times,…

You Become What You Give

In Hebrew, the verb for learn becomes teach in its intensive form. In Deuteronomy, when God is trying to get His people to learn the law, He tells them to teach it to their children. In the gospel, when Jesus wants the disciples to get what it means for Him to have all authority in…