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…

The Joy Command

This is a slightly edited outline of an exhortation I gave at our Elder/Deacon Retreat this last weekend:  Introduction As we consider the year before us and all the real challenges we face, it can be easy to feel tired, exhausted, and overwhelmed. And it’s pretty striking that there really aren’t that many passages in…

The Highway of Confusion & the Glory of God

God made men for glory. This is why there is an Achilles in the heart of every man. Given the option, most men will choose a short life with endless glory over a long life in obscurity. This is because God made men for glory. This means that when a man decides to sell his…

5 Reasons Why You Need Drop Everything and Read “Escape From Reason” Now

I’d like to recommend a short little book to you all, a book I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I had never read before (until last evening and first thing this morning), Francis Shaeffer’s Escape From Reason. And here’s why you should beg, borrow, buy, trade yourself into the possession of a copy of this…

Mary’s Song

In the beginning there was song. It was a song that had never begun but wound through the ages ever new, ever old, ever glory, ever wonder. It was full of polyphony and harmony, a continuous blend of perfect rhythms and syncopations, musical themes, jokes, and resolutions, with a central refrain, a chorus of one…

It’s a Boy

My father in-law is in labor. The doctors call it cancer, the kind that attacks the bones. There are treatments but no known medical cures. So a couple times a week, my mother in-law drives him down to the edge of a cliff. Somebody carved a road in the side of the cliff, and at…

“Gay Christians” & the Inherent Asymmetry of the World

Just a quick comment on a post by Matthew Lee Anderson on the inter-evangelical discussion of whether Christians can self identify as “gay,” that is, being attracted to the same sex, while remaining staunchly committed to the norms of chastity outside of marriage and monogamous heterosexual marriage. In other words, the question is: Can a…

Christmas Peace & Wisdom

Third Sunday in Advent: 1 Thess. 5:12-24 Introduction In some ways, this final section of Thessalonians is like the short hand exhortations of a coach to his team in the huddle before they sprint back onto the field. These are short summary commands that outline the way Christians are to be a ready people, prepared…

Where’s Your Avant-Garde?

I doubt it’s possible to be human without leaning into the world, leaning into the future. To be made in God’s image, the God of creation, the God of the future, is to have this disposition naturally occurring in human nature. Though because of sin and death, it frequently occurs bent and distorted, often leaning…

Wisdom & Folly, Piercings & Lemmings

A few days ago I tweeted this: “Nose piercings are not sinful. They’re just pretty decent indicators of a college student’s spiritual IQ” — and since I’ve received a few questions about it, I thought I’d follow up with a bit more explanation. First, the primary aim of the tweet wasn’t to get the world…