Joy With a Clenched Fist: A 4th of July Meditation

Part of what we are up against in living full and faithful Christian lives is trying to hold what often feel like opposite extremes together. This is what Christianity has been all about since the beginning. It was always the heretics that were trying to cut us slack. The Bible clearly taught that Jesus was…

A Sermon on the Obergefell Decision

The Sins of Intellectual Sloth and Cowardice Dt. 6:4-15, Heb. 12:1-6, 12-16, Acts 4:8-31 [Note: The audio for this sermon may be found here or here.] This last Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States of America, issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, that the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the right of two members of…

Pride, Prejudice & the Eye-Roll

My friend and fellow pastor at TRC, Joshua Appel, recently recommended Tim Keller’s book Encounters with Jesus to me, and I dutifully mashed the “buy now” button on my phone and lo, here I sit cruising through the first chapter. Now let the reader beware that I have some serious reservations about some of what…

Luke IX: Glorifying & Praising God

Lk. 2:13-24 Introduction Today we consider the conclusion to the episode of the shepherds worshipping Jesus and the record of His circumcision and dedication. Luke continues to carefully unfold the way in which Jesus has come to restore all people to the glory they were made for. What Evangelism Looks Like After the shepherds found…

Luke VIII: The Birth of the King

Luke: 2:1-12 Introduction This is one of the most famous episodes in Luke’s gospel and in all of the Bible. Luke tells the story of the birth of Jesus so that we may be assured that He is God in human flesh, the King. The God Who Rules Herod the king of Judea has already…

Evangelism Internship @ TRC

Hey Friends, The elders at Trinity Reformed Church are in search of a man to fill a one year internship in evangelism. This is a position that requires one part Chestertonian joy, one part Lewisian imagination, and two parts Rambo can-do adventurous spirit. God has blessed us immensely over the last couple of years with…

Luke VII: When Mercy & Justice Met

Lk. 1:57-80 Introduction One of the most fundamental questions we face as human beings is the question of justice. There is a universal instinct to insist on equity, fairness, justice, and yet it is a double edged sword that quickly cuts the one with a rigorous demand for it. We know that we need mercy…

The Duggars, Jesus, and Holiness

Frequently, sin backs us into a corner full of false dilemmas. We come to believe that there only two choices, two ways to go. Even where there may only be two choices,  we frequently still misunderstand the two choices, framing the obedient and faithful choice as an exercise in futility and therefore the only option…

Luke V: When God Shows Up

Luke 1:39-45 Introduction Luke has introduced his gospel with two unexpected birth announcements. Here, those two stories literally meet and the moment is strikingly human and yet, Luke is indicating that something dramatically unique is also happening. As an aside, it is likely that Luke is drawing all of these early accounts directly from Mary…

Why Did Jesus Need to Ascend?

Ascension Eve 2015 Most Christians understand that the resurrection of Jesus is of crucial importance to their salvation and the validity of the Christian Faith. Paul states explicitly that if Jesus is not risen from the dead, we are still in our sins, and we of all people are to be most pitied (1 Cor….