Believe in Jesus and Live for Him

What is your role in the body of Christ? What is your role here at Trinity? In the first instance, let me insist that your role, your job is to receive. How does the hand function? How do the eyes work? They work first by receiving nourishment, receiving life from the body. Some of you…

God’s Loyalty

This is a family meal. Here we meet with Jesus. Here we meet with God our Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit. But that means that this is a covenantal meal. When you eat together, you are sharing peace, you offering, extending, and affirming love and commitment to one another. Or another way…

Now You Belong

“As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:27-28) This is the verse that our baptismal hymn is taken from, the song that…

Smile as You Eat

As you know, this table has been a topic of intense debate. The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches tend to believe that something magical happens to the bread and wine in such a way as to justify bowing down to the bread and wine and praying to it because Jesus is believed to be…

The Blood of Reunification

We’ve been meditating this morning on the fact that Jesus is our peace, the one in whom all things are being reconciled to God and to one another. But when Paul says this, He has just finished saying that we have been brought near through the blood of Christ. To bring near is a technical…

Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

What This Meal Sounds Like

The most ideal way to learn a new language is through immersion. This is because language is not merely a mental phenomenon. Language is always incarnate. The meaning of words is bound up with inflection, facial expression, context, history. Words are short hand for actions, for rituals, for events, for feelings. In other words, all…

Bloody, Fierce, and Hard

This meal is a love feast. It teaches us what love actually is. Love is not a feeling you get. Love is not a ditch you fall into or cliff you fall off of. Love is not getting turned on. Love is not breaking the rules and grabbing what you want. Greater love has no…

We’re All Divorcees

This is a wedding feast. Every week we renew covenant with our God. This is not because somehow the covenant expired over the last week. This is not because you sinned once too many times and God kicked you out and now demands that you come back begging. No, God renews covenant with us because…

Burning Coals On Your Head

“Repay no one evil for evil… never avenge yourselves… to the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom. 12:17, 19, 20-21)….