Reconciliation Accomplished

When you take this bread and wine, you are not only receiving God’s promise to forgive all of your sins, you are also receiving God’s promise to forgive all who seek His forgiveness. Here, God displays His willingness to forgive your dad for his harsh words. Here, God displays His willingness to forgive your husband…

Like Pooh & Piglet in the Snow

Paul in Philippians 2 says, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you both to will and to do according to His good pleasure.” How do you know that God is at work in you? Sometimes it doesn’t feel like God is at work. Sometimes you…

Trinitarian Diversity

This table is another place where God pictures what He is like for us. Here He shares His life with us by breaking it, by pouring it out. In a purely Unitarian view of God, if God is a pure solitary being, there is nothing innately “shared” in God. A Unitarian being might decide to…

Our Allegiance to His Allegiance

We began our worship this morning proclaiming the public nature of the gospel. This gospel, the good news that Jesus is King having destroyed the power of sin and death by His death and resurrection and having ascended to the right hand of the Father – this gospel is public. And that means that this…

Apocalyptic Eyes

Minor Prophets XVI: Zechariah 1-6 Introduction Zechariah is one of the most difficult books of the Bible to understand because it is full of apocalyptic imagery. Even though “apocalypse” means “revelation,” we often finish reading these portions of the Bible feeling like we know less than when we started. But these parts of the Bible challenge…

Rejoice

It doesn’t seem like an accident that throughout the history of the Church, there have been so many ways that we have tried to get this meal wrong. Jesus gave us bread and wine and told us to share it with thankfulness regularly, and people have done almost every thing else besides this. People bow…

Battle Feast

One of the things we do that is different from many Presbyterian and Reformed congregations is how we serve and partake of this meal. The minister eats first and then the elders and deacons, and then you all serve one another with the assistance of ushers in the aisles. And I frequently receive questions about…

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,…

Efficacious Appetizers

This meal is picture of what God is doing with this whole world. God is gathering all things together in Christ, all things in heaven and on earth. And He’s doing this through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And this meal is part of God’s promise to us that this is the case. Do…

Brotherhood by Baptism

In some modern translations of the Bible, the translators have thought that it is very important to translate the word “brothers” as “brothers and sisters” – even though the apostles just used the word brother. I think people are too quick to assume that the apostle was just a man of his times which turned…