Why Beauty Will Not Save the World

While I have argued to the contrary previously on this blog, I need to retrace my steps and make some clarifications. There is of course some sense in which Beauty will save the world. God is ultimate goodness and beauty, and God most certainly will save the world. He will put all things right. He…

Infant Baptism & the Faith of Friends

How is it that we can say that we trust in God’s covenant promises on behalf of our children? How can we say that we look to God in faith for our children’s salvation as we do our own? There is much we could say but let’s give three simple reasons for now. First, this…

Identity Politics & Christ

One of the phrases we’ve heard more and more in recent years is the phrase “identity politics.” This is shorthand for the kind of public dialogue and policy positions that emerge based on the interests or perspectives of various social groups that people identify with, whether by class or race or gender or ethnicity or…

One Body With An Immune System

“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Cor. 12:13-14). Paul immediately goes on to explain that this is why we need one another. The…

Why We Baptize Our Children

At the end of Peter’s Pentecost sermon when the people were cut to the heart by the gospel and asked what they should do, Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit….

Liturgical Patriarchy

If I were to write an article about the dangers of patriarchy, my blog hits would spike the way peoples’ hair stands on end in the cartoons when they get electrocuted. Start talking about the husband being the head of his wife or the wife’s sacred duty of submission to her own husband, and everybody…

A Little Bit of the Sea

“Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned” (LK. 8:33) In the old baptismal liturgies, there was often an exorcism; a person being baptized would renounce Satan and all his works. The idea was that when someone was…

Jesus Commandeers the Table

In our sermon text, Jesus is invited to the Pharisee’s table. But as the story unfolds, Jesus says that the sinful woman has been the greater host. This is because hospitality is an act of love. The woman who was forgiven more, loved more, and therefore is the greater host. But Luke subtly shifts the…

The Brave Face of Nihilism

Modern social liberalism really is something of a Grinch worldview. It is very much like the grown up in all the movies that doesn’t believe in Santa Claus and thinks that fairy tales like that are really bad for children. The reason they’re bad is because they aren’t true and even more importantly they cause…

All Will Be Well

Psalm 2 says that when the rulers of the earth plot against God, He who sits in the heavens laughs. He holds them in derision, and thinks it’s the funniest thing. And Paul says that we who have believed in Jesus Christ and have been filled with His Spirit have been raised to sit with…