Stay There

The most important thing for a husband to remember is the most important thing for everyone to remember, and that’s the gospel of Jesus. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is the most important thing to remember. This is for many reasons, but take just one. Men were made to be strong and to…

Jesus is Not the Church

If the church identifies its structures, its leadership, its liturgy, its buildings, or anything else with its Lord — and that’s what happens if you ignore the ascension or turn it into another way of talking about the Spirit — what do you get? You get, on the one hand, what Shakespeare called, ‘the insolence…

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…

Jesus is Enough Power: Col. 1:9-20

Introduction Paul is writing the Colossians, a new church in Asia Minor, to encourage them in their new faith in Jesus. He writes to assure them that for all their needs, Jesus is enough. Summary of the Text: Following his initial doxology (1:3-8), Paul continues to explain what else he has been praying for (1:9)….

Looking for Jesus: Part 5 & the Gospel According to the Child

This week in our series, Looking for Jesus: Learning to Read the Bible and the World Through New Eyes, we’re answering the question: What does the Bible do? And our theme is children. These two things actually go together so well, that I’m just going to combine them for today’s sermon rather than taking them sequentially….

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,…

Ascension Homily: He is Not Here

Along with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the most ancient confessions of faith have always also insisted that the ascension of Jesus into heaven, to be seated at the right hand of the Father is essential to the gospel, essential to the good news we declare. But in order for us to be…

Resurrection Sunday: Ps. 68:11-25, Eph. 4:1-16, Jn. 20:1-23

Introduction The resurrection of Jesus was a Pentecostal event. Jesus was raised from the dead and proven to be the rightful King of the world by the Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4). The powerful presence and working of the Spirit in the resurrection is the declaration of Christ’s innocence and glory. Ephesians 4:1-16 Paul urges…

Christmas Means We’re All Calvinists After All

Isaiah says that when God restores Israel, He will go before them and behind them (Is. 52:12). The first Advent of God was the incarnation, when God went before us, leading us out of the dungeon of sin and death. The final Advent of God at the end of history is when God comes up…

Atonement Theories

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not…