On Persuasion

Persuasion is a funny thing. Perhaps at turns like a chess match, like a roller coaster, like falling in love. Becoming convinced of something that you formerly didn’t believe consists frequently of many different elements: a sharp chisel sometimes cracking granite, shaving edges. At other times it’s like trudging home in the falling snow, white…

The Cause of the Stench

Morning Prayer Ex. 7:8-24, 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6 In Biblical imagery, it’s no accident that Satan shows up as a serpent or a dragon, and following this, satanic rulers are pictured as serpents and dragons and sea monsters. The seed of the serpent is at war with the seed of the woman. And there’s a family…

A Starbucks Run Blindfolded

Often we set ourselves up to lose certain arguments by the way we define our terms. We sit there on the branch, manfully sawing the dern thing, and then we wonder how we ended up on the ground with the knot on our head. One of those arguments has to do with the role of…

With No One Inside

Why would a man want to become a preacher? Why would anyone want that job? Is there some kind of sick delight in hearing other people’s problems? Are you grasping for power, influence? Do you just like to hear yourself talk? No… We preach for the boys who lost their dads. We preach for dads…

What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who believes that the answer to all the brokenness, pain, and evil in this world is the death of a man named Jesus two thousand years ago. How could the death of one man be the answer to terrorism, abuse, betrayal, cancer, or crime? The answer is that this man Jesus…

Wodehouse Reality Television by C.S. Lewis (& Jesus)

What would happen if (God help you) you pulled one of those lurid, wide-eyed tabloids off the newsstand at the grocery checkout and started reading, only to find out by the time you reached the back cover you’d just read a gospel tract, repented of several sins, and recommitted your life to Christ? What if…

Looking for Jesus

Advent and Christmas are upon us, beginning this Sunday. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Church Calendar, it might be helpful to think of it as a traditional devotional guide. Many of you follow various Bible reading plans or use devotional guides or attend Bible studies to work through various passages of…

3-2-1 Gospel

I already linked this on twitter/facebook, but I really think this is a helpful summary of the gospel, so I’m posting it here as well.

The Wrecking Ball of the Spirit

We gathered here for war. We have been summonsed by our King: You are His nobles, His princes, His lords and ladies; You are His hosts, His armies, His lieutenants and captains and infantry. You have been in the fray this week. You have faced enemies, you have faced giants and dragons and sins and…

Warnings & Promises

Seems to me that one of the things we’re talking about in this whole regeneration discussion is the proper pastoral balance between warnings and promises for the covenant people of God. And that’s a huge wisdom call for pastors who have to regularly, prayerful seek the Spirit’s guidance for applying God’s word to their people….