Sabbath as Interruption

In another sense, six days of work is six days of a certain kind of rhythm, a certain routine, and the Sabbath is an intrusion into the routine, a disruption to the schedule. The Sabbath day throws off your daily habits. This means that humans are inescapably liturgical, inescapably given to habits and rhythms and…

Leaning into the Future

Six days of work and one day of Sabbath is six days of new things and one day to review. This means that humans are called upon to lean into the future. Six days of restructuring and inventing and creating puts the emphasis clearly on new things. God says make new stuff. Change the world….

Revolt Against Ritual

Modernity is a revolt against ritual, and the modern city is an unprecedented attempt to form a civic community without a festive center. -Peter Leithart, Against Christianity, 71.

Worship is Poli-Sci

Worship is Political Science 101. In every worship service, the Christian ekklesia is renewed in her unique story and language, her unique political experience and vocation. Every worship service is a challenge to Caesar, because every Lord’s Day we bow to a Man on the throne of heaven, to whom even great Caesar must bow……

Holiness is a Mighty Fortress

I have a Meditation for All Hallows Eve up over at Credenda.  

Worship is Language Class

Speaking Bible does not come naturally; it is a foreign language. We have to learn to name the world Christianly, and we do this chiefly in worship. Worship is language class. … But we do not learn foreign languages by listening to someone talk about the language. Teaching is essential, but so is drill, repetition,…

Our Formidable Unity

For Reformation Day and All Saints: We are all rightly distressed, and ashamed also, at the divisions of Christendom. But those who have always lived within the Christian fold may be too easily dispirited by them. They are bad, but such people do not know what it looks like from without. Seen from there, what…

Sanctified I-Don’t-Care-Ness

There is a fresh, sanctified I-don’t-care-ness that accompanies belief in the gospel. Whether you like me or not doesn’t matter, because my worth and my dignity and my identity are anchored in God’s approval. Christ won all of the approval and acceptance I need. ——- The pressure’s off. Jesus measured up so I wouldn’t have…

Seeing, Dying, Proclaiming

1 Jn. 1:2 has a neat little chiasm: Life manifested We have seen We have witnessed We have proclaimed Life (eternal with the Father) manifested   The center of the verse is the word “witnessed” or “martyred.” This suggests a progression: first there is seeing, then there is dying, then there is proclaiming. Jesus has…

Nothing Hidden

In Mark’s gospel the word “revealed” (phaneros/phanerao) tells a fascinating story. Initially, after cleansing a leper, Jesus is unable to “openly” enter the city because the leper has proclaimed (lit. preached) the fact of his healing (1:45). Again, Jesus strictly warns the demons not to make Him known (3:12), but later, immediately following the parable…