Ordinary Meal, Extraordinary Results

As we noted this morning, the very first, direct gift of God was food in the garden. And the very first sin in the history of the world was over food. So it doesn’t seem accidental that the very first gift of the New Testament is again food. When Jesus shared this meal in the…

You Weren’t & You Hadn’t

Jesus warns that forgiveness is a difficult thing. In one place he says “take heed to yourselves.” Watch out for this. And after hearing the exhortation, the disciples gape and plead with Jesus to give them more faith. Christian forgiveness is not for the faint of heart. So what does Jesus teach? He says that…

Infinitely Whole

The most fully human person who has ever lived, or ever will live, is Jesus Christ, and He never once had sexual intercourse. This can be powerfully liberating to single people who may think at times, “This one thing I will never have, sexual relations, and in not having it I will not be all…

Follow Jesus, No Matter What

Morning Prayer Exhortation: 2 Sam. 14:1-20, Acts 21:1-14 In both lessons we’ve just read, bad advice is given in the mouths of seemingly good people. In Samuel, Absalom had been away from three years following the murder of his brother Amnon. Joab knows that David wants to bring Absalom home, but David hasn’t yet. Perhaps…

Welcome to Worship

As you may have noticed, we live in a college town. There are three state colleges within short driving distance between Moscow, Pullman, and Lewiston. Not only that, but we have the privilege of supporting a fourth college, New St. Andrews. Most years we have students attending from all four of these schools, and so…

Saves with Singing

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. (Zeph. 3:17) We noted today that we sing in order to ask God to clothe us with His glory,…

A Fly on the Wall of the New Jerusalem

When it comes to evaluating our worship, we always want to stand firmly on the Word of God. Though God receives our worship as our Father through the blood of His Son and in the power of the Spirit (and therefore gladly forgives sin and ignores our foibles and ignorance), it should still be a…

Sex & Economics

It’s somewhat trendy in some circles to question just how concerned God is with sexual ethics and morality. Look at the prophets, we are told: they go after corporate greed and crony capitalists and welfare cash cows. They condemn charging interest, grinding the faces of the poor, taking advantage of the unprotected orphans and widows….

Three Wolves in Robes

You can tell a lot about people (and yourself) by how they/you respond to criticism. Now of course some criticism is purely malicious,  slanderous, meant to cause a stink. It’s just straight up rhetorical terrorism. It’s only meant to blow stuff up, the more destruction the better. Other forms of criticism may occur in the…

The Two Kinds of People in the World: Psalm 32

One of the challenges of reading, praying, and singing the psalms is the fact that they often divide the world in half. The Psalms constantly draw lines in the sand: good guys and bad guys, righteous and unrighteous. This is challenging and troubling because we know that the world is actually a really messy place….