Preaching the Kingdom

Luke XVIII: Lk. 4:31-44 Introduction Jesus came healing the sick, but every single person that Jesus healed is dead. Every single healing Jesus performed was a temporary healing – they all eventually died. This raises questions about the healing ministry of Jesus. Why perform healings at all if they will only be temporary? And why…

The Inner Circle

Luke XVII: Lk. 4:14-30 Introduction What is a prophet? A prophet is a friend of God, a member of God’s inner circle. As Jesus comes home to Nazareth, He comes as a prophet with a surprising message and His hometown gives Him a surprising reception. What Jesus Does After Jesus was baptized at the Jordan…

How the Rejection of Jesus Sets Us Free

Our fear of rejection is ultimately our fear of death. It’s our fear of being left on the outside, being left out forever. It’s our fear of insignificance, our fear of not mattering, of not being noticed. So many live their lives alternating between fear and ambition, desperately wanting to belong, to fit in, to…

The Victory of Jesus

Luke XVI: Lk. 4:1-14 Introduction Last week we looked at what temptation is, and why the Spirit led Jesus and sometimes leads us into the wilderness to be tested. This week, we look more closely at the three particular temptations the devil presents to Jesus and why it should be encouraging to know this part…

Led By the Spirit

Luke XV: Lk. 4:1               Introduction Part of the glory of the gospel is that the eternal, infinite Creator God became one of us and was tempted like us in order to lead us back to Himself. Full of the Spirit The first, unmistakable but perhaps terrifying thing to…

Feeling Rightly

One of the things that sin does to people is warps their ability to feel rightly. God gave us emotions; they are a gift from him like our other senses meant to teach us about the world. We feel pain, a hot stove, pressure, and it teaches us about what is wise, what is safe,…

An Open Letter to Women Who’ve Had Abortions

Dear Friend, As you have no doubt noticed, many of your Pro-Life friends and family members have been on an anti-abortion jag in recent weeks with the release of the Planned Parenthood sting videos. I realize that all the shared articles and hashtags and retweets may seem to you like an enormous wave of hate…

Jesus Our Living Brother

Luke XIV: Luke 3:21-38 Introduction As you read the Bible you should bring your questions to the text and seek answers. But you should also remember that the Bible itself poses questions to you by how it is shaped and framed. So for example, “Why does Luke give us this genealogy of Jesus here? And…

20 Questions About Resisting Obergefell

So then, my last post on the implications of Obergefell and the opportunities being given to us as Christians to hate sin and love sinners generated some good and reasonable questions worth following up on. Here are a few of those along with a few more of my own: 1. Are you saying Christians should…

The Great Avenger

Luke XIII: Lk. 3:10-20 Introduction One way to understand John’s announcement about “preparing the way of the Lord” is like the herald of a wedding. Just as God came like a hero to Israel in Egypt and married her, just as He had come for them in exile and redeemed His people, so John is…