Death By Accessory

One of the things I’ve noted elsewhere is that frequently the work of the evangelist is to awaken love. Part of the insidious destruction of human beings by sin is the corrosion of love. Sometimes belief in God and belief in Christ must begin with belief in the bare existence of goodness, beauty, and truth….

Humility is Strong. Pride is Brittle.

Pride is all about me. Pride is all about protecting myself, protecting my reputation. This means that pride is an attempt to hold myself, defend myself from every potential threat. And pride does this generally in two ways: either it blusters or in whines. And the two are frequently related. The bluster front is loud…

Joy & Disagreements

It’s striking that Paul addresses two women by name in Philippians 4 and implores them to be of the same mind, and then almost immediately commands them and all the Philippians to rejoice: rejoice always. We don’t know anything about their disagreement, but we know their names and we know that part of Paul’s immediate…

The Politics of Celebration

Right after urging the Philippians to remember that their citizenship is in heaven, Paul reminds them that this means they are called to rejoice always. This is because rejoicing and celebration are always community events, public events, political events. In the first century, Christians were surrounded by celebrations: the old Jewish feasts, Greek and Roman…

Hope for Sexual Glory

Logos School Assembly: Life Between the Sexes Introduction There are basically only two options for facing and interpreting what it means to be human, and specifically what it means to be male and female members of the human race. Either meaning is created or discovered. If the meaning of manhood or womanhood is non-existent until…

How God’s Peace Makes War

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis says that Christianity is a “fighting religion.” Of course Christians are right to put a great deal of emphasis on the peace of God. When the angels appeared to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem they proclaim peace on earth. And Paul says that when men and women cast all of their…

Glory Awaits

CS Lewis says somewhere that many people think that becoming a Christian is rather like inviting God to come into their little one-bedroom apartment that needs a lot of tidying up. They are under the impression that when God moves in with them, He will help with the dishes and vacuum behind the couch and…

In Defense of Lent, Masculinity, and Tim Bayly

Sometimes I give myself writing assignments by title. Here, mister smarty pants, try to write a coherent blog post about that. It reminds me of my drama club teacher in high school giving us the most ridiculous juxtapositions and thirty seconds to come up with some way of working them into an improvised scene on the…

Bill Jackson, RIP

My father in-law has easily been one of the most intelligent men I have ever known. He had a mind for business and mathematics and science, and yet he loved history and nature. He loved exploring the world, finding out what had happened, and collecting bits of information and storing them up to share with…

Marriage For Glory #1: The Foundation of a Christian Marriage

First Sunday of Epiphany 2015 [Note: the audio for this sermon may be found here.] Introduction Beginning today, over the next four Sundays of Epiphany we will be asking questions about the glory of marriage. Today, we ask: What is the foundation of a Christian marriage? And we answer: The Grace of God in Jesus…