The Ground of Christian Resistance

One of the blessings we have as Christians is the opportunity to stand against evil. As the gangrene of relativism continues to rot out the soul of Western civilization, the ability to stand against evil is crumbling. Where western sensibilities still line up with God’s Word, it’s purely accidental and rarely intentional. People can given…

The Politics of Celebration

Right after urging the Philippians to remember that their citizenship is in heaven, Paul reminds them that this means they are called to rejoice always. This is because rejoicing and celebration are always community events, public events, political events. In the first century, Christians were surrounded by celebrations: the old Jewish feasts, Greek and Roman…

How God’s Peace Makes War

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis says that Christianity is a “fighting religion.” Of course Christians are right to put a great deal of emphasis on the peace of God. When the angels appeared to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem they proclaim peace on earth. And Paul says that when men and women cast all of their…

Reconciliation Accomplished

When you take this bread and wine, you are not only receiving God’s promise to forgive all of your sins, you are also receiving God’s promise to forgive all who seek His forgiveness. Here, God displays His willingness to forgive your dad for his harsh words. Here, God displays His willingness to forgive your husband…

Voddie Baucham, Mick Jagger & the Sucker Punch of “Systemic Sin”

Just a few quick thoughts on Voddie Baucham’s post at the Gospel Coalition this morning: I want to connect what I wrote here about the Ferguson situation with Baucham’s post. My point was not directly a comment on the justice or injustice of the decision not to indict Wilson. My inclination was expressed modestly in…

Ferguson & the Lamb of God

Just a few quick thoughts on Ferguson for tonight. Maybe more later. First, how should Christian’s respond to this decision and the various responses? We should respond the way Christians always respond in the face of confusion and hurt and anger: We preach Jesus. We preach the cross. We preach the gospel. But get this:…

Leo & the Progressive Tribes

I don’t know where we are in the American story. The American story is perhaps only one chapter, maybe even only one long paragraph in the epic Russian novel the Triune God is singing. I think it’s a pretty swell part of the story to be in, what with all the gifts we’ve been given…

Public Worship for a Public Gospel

As we gather for worship week after week, it is important to point out that we do so in public. Our worship is public, and this is because the gospel of Jesus Christ is public. The murder of Jesus occurred in public, and His resurrection was seen and testified in public. The gospel did not…

Apocalyptic Eyes

Minor Prophets XVI: Zechariah 1-6 Introduction Zechariah is one of the most difficult books of the Bible to understand because it is full of apocalyptic imagery. Even though “apocalypse” means “revelation,” we often finish reading these portions of the Bible feeling like we know less than when we started. But these parts of the Bible challenge…

How to Bless America (when you don’t want to)

On the occasion of our nation’s 238th birthday, let me add a few cents to the general mayhem. First off, I think I understand the general millennial cringe when it comes to Bible-belt patriotism. I grew up with George Bush Sr. doing his thing, and even though we were always generally in favor of pro-life…