Pentecost for Kids

In Deuteronomy 16, God commanded His people to keep the feast of Pentecost like this: “You shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you…”…

The Hospitality of Jesus

This coming week, we’re beginning Parish Groups. One of the central reasons for Parish Groups is this table. And this year, we’re focusing on this particular theme. In a sense, every Sunday we meet as one large Parish Group. We sing together, pray together, study Scripture together, and eat together. Jesus invites us to His…

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…

How Sabbath Builds Culture

I have an article up over at the Credenda website today. Check it.

Bring Sabbath With You

This coming week many of us will be gathering together with friends and relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we do so, we need to remember this meal, this Thanksgiving. This is where God is teaching us how to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is where God is teaching us how to eat together and live together in…

Last Sunday of Trinity Season: Fourth Commandment 3

Introduction Previously, we have seen that Sabbath pushes us outside of ourselves, commanding us to remember the people around us, guarding them, giving them life and rest, making a holy people. Last week, we focused primarily on the Sabbath building project. Sabbath is for giving ourselves and our resources to the building of God’s house….

Jesus is the Sabbath

Jesus is the Christian Sabbath in flesh. In the New Covenant, Sabbath is not a particular demarcation of time so much as it is a particular way of being in the world, by being in Christ, who is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the Sabbath rest between the times,…

22nd Sunday in Trinity: Fourth Commandment 2

Introduction The first half of the Ten Words are all about priorities and loyalties: No other gods, honoring God’s true images, honoring and bearing God’s name/word, and the fourth commandment requires God’s people to prioritize God’s mission of building His holy house in this world. Sabbath is For Building God’s House In Exodus 35, God…

21st Sunday in Trinity: Fourth Commandment Pt. 1

Introduction We return to our study of the Ten Words this morning, picking up with the Fourth Commandment. As we’ve noted with the previous Commands, the Ten Words are not just 10 Rules to live by. They are not just things to check off in your Piety Check List. These Ten Words are the Old…

Sabbath is a Meal

As we noted this morning, the central command of the fourth commandment is to remember. When Jesus told His disciples to celebrate this meal in remembrance of Him or as His memorial, He was indentifying the sharing of this meal as the new center of Sabbath keeping in the Kingdom of God. The Old Covenant…