In Defense of the Protestant Reformation or How the New Eve Got More Lovely

Anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time knows that I can wax polemical from time to time. Given my story and the little tree stump I’ve been given, some of my more polemical writing has centered on the goodness of Protestantism, the necessity of the Reformation, and various angles on why I…

Pentecost: Ps. 50-51: The Holy Spirit & Covenant Mercy

Introduction God is love, and this is because He is Trinity. The love that binds the Father and the Son is the Spirit (Rom. 5:5, 15:30, 2 Cor. 13:14, Col. 1:8). God’s love is not just a feeling, an emotion, it’s a fierce, personal, saving loyalty. This is what the Bible calls God’s hesed, His…

Two Measuring Tapes for the 4th of July

OK, since it’s the 4th of July, and everyone is hovering over their phones and computer screens hunting for something else to read, I’ll toss out one more thought and send you back out to your patriotic shenanigans. I’m fully convinced that lots of the “regeneration,” “rebirth” language in the Bible is way cosmic, political,…

Glorious Mistakable Joy

My friend Joffre on Pentecostal Partying: Pentecost Sunday is past. We are now in Ordinary Time. You have been given the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom is come in you. The Kingdom makes demands, it pricks in the heart. Live a life that demands the question, what meaneth this? And if I may suggest it, perhaps…

Good Works as Starting Glory-Fires

Please note: All the best stuff in here is cheerfully and unabashedly stolen from James Jordan. Servant Leadership Talk for Knight’s Festival at Logos School “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel,…

Holiness is a Mighty Fortress

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

Word made Flesh

Luke says of the transfiguration that Elijah and Moses “appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (Lk. 9:31). Literally, Luke says that they talked of His “exodus” which He was about to “fulfill” in Jerusalem. As Matthew’s use of the word “fulfill” also indicates, Jesus means…

Somehow Joy

There is always the danger of the health and wealth gospel. This dime store Jesus puts out like a hooker, and the shyster pastors on TV are his pimps. We have no use for such healer and dealer players. But on the other side of the spectrum, we have the Puddleglums of Christendom who are…

This Christmas Life

Life in the Garden of Eden was an invitation to Christmas every day. The Garden had two Christmas trees: one for now, one for later. And the place was piled up high with presents: fruit and plants and animals, sunsets, natural springs, and love, all wrapped by our loving Father with the glory of the…