A Word About a Few of My Fathers

So Pastor Tim Bayly has been at the blog lately going hammer and tong after what he sees as the creeping lutheran excesses of my friends Jim Jordan, Peter Leithart, Jeff Meyers, etc. Now first off, I happen to like Tim. We’ve met maybe once or twice, though I doubt he knows who I am,…

Ty & Lenora

“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.’” (Gen. 2:18). Any more, a wedding is an act of war. A Christian wedding which invokes the Triune God, and appeals to His word for direction, for guidance, for definitions, for instructions,…

CRF Talk: Dealing with Weirdos Or Unity and Diversity in the Body

IntroductionOne of the glorious facts about living in God’s world is that He likes it messy. He likes it complicated, complex, and hard to understand. God thinks that’s a good idea. And we know this because He invented the Church. Knowing how different we all are, knowing how weird we all are, and knowing that…

Collegiate Reformed Fellowship: Laundromat Evangelism

IntroductionWhen I say evangelism, I mean evangelism for everyone, evangelism for dummies. There are Evangelists like Pastors and Elders in the church, but every Christian is commissioned to be Christ to the world. What is the gospel?The gospel is the good news of a dead king. The word “gospel” first appears in 1 Samuel 4:17,…

Seventeenth Sunday in Trinity: Theology of Other People 7: Various Texts

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, you are the Lord of love and romance and all of our relationships. Give us grace to submit to you as we consider your Word now. Give us your Spirit that we might hear you rightly, obey you, love your ways, and trust you for all the details. And bless us…

Sixteenth Sunday in Trinity: Theology of Other People 6: Lk. 7:18-50

IntroductionToday we consider the call to love the other people in our homes and families by considering a few more portions of our liturgy. The logic of the gospel is that we have been made alive together with these other saints, and we continue to live out an ecclesiology in our homes whether we realize…

Fifteenth Sunday of Trinity Season: Toward a Theology of Other People 5: Pss. 122, 124, & Mt. 28:16-20

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we thank you that you have invited us here yet again. We thank you that you speak to us again, despite the fact that we are quick to forget what you have said, and despite the fact that we have often ignored what you have said. Empower your Word now, by…

Fourteenth Sunday of Trinity Season: Theology of Other People 4: Ephesians 2

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we ask that you would remind us this morning of all that you have done for us, how far you have brought us, and how merciful you have been to us all along the way. And having reminded us of your grace, give us the courage and wisdom to understand where…

Eleventh Sunday in Trinity: Toward a Theology of Other People 3: Philippians 2:1-14

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, we ask you to give us courage this morning as we consider your word. We are afraid of really submitting to your word, and we are often even more fearful of submitting to other people. Teach us to rejoice in obedience, but even more, teach us to see the glory of…

Tenth Sunday of Trinity Season: Toward a Theology of Other People 2: Ex. 20, Pr. 27:9-10

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, you are our Father, and you have given us life by our Mother, the Christian Church. We ask that you would teach us to honor our fathers and mothers. Give us grace that we might see where we have failed in this, and even greater grace to make it right. Through…