I am sinless. I am sinful. I am holy. I am profane. I am righteous. I am guilty. What is all this babbling about? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Christian identity. People talk about how our identity is in Christ, but they rarely talk explain what that means practically. A lot could … Continue reading "We Are Not Ourselves"
Here are the outline and audio recording of a sermon I preached in October. Introduction All familiar with Francis Chan Should be, pastor who gives and sends and loves, author of Crazy Love Ran across an article on him on the Internet “Francis Chan Runs Out of Things To Give Away” Eric Horton, Chief Generosity … Continue reading "The Justification of Ungodly Wealth"
Theologically-minded people get cynical. This is to our shame. One of the worst places that this cynicism shows up is in corporate worship as we sing songs to God. I know because I experience this personally on a weekly basis. I get critical about what we sing, and I hear my friends talk about it, too. But … Continue reading "Stop Hating on Worship"
Are we all God’s children? In this case by “we” I don’t mean specifically Christians, but all people in all of the world. Is it true as some say that all people are children of God? The more pop-theology answer tends to be “yes,” whereas more theologically astute Christians usually tend to answer “no, only … Continue reading "Are We All God’s Children?"
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to … Continue reading "The Humility of God"
I was reading 1 Corinthians 13 the other day and learned something which I did not know. Apparently, all (or most?) of the descriptions of love are verbs in the Greek. Phrases rendered like “Love is kind” could be rendered ultra-literally as “Love kinds” or more dynamically as “Love acts kindly.” Love is active throughout … Continue reading "Love Is War"
Kill the miracle child. That was God’s demand to Abraham. An old man was told to take his young son, whom he had never thought would be conceived and waited patiently for years to see be born, plunge a knife into him, and burn his body. All of this for a God who had already … Continue reading "Abraham’s Choice"
This morning I was reading 1 Peter 1 and ran across the following statements: You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so … Continue reading "God Glorifies Us through Suffering"
In the wake of recent Trinitarian controversies on the Christian blogosphere, I’ve been given to some very interesting study on the topic of the Trinity. (If such controversy interests you, Alastair Roberts has been working on a round-up of the debate at Reformation 21.) I’m not going to bore you with much of it, even … Continue reading "Life Is about the Trinity"
The statement that prompted the parable of the Good Samaritan struck me recently. Here’s the account: Just then an expert in the law stood up to test Him, saying, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the law?” He asked him. “How do you read it?” He answered: Love … Continue reading "Wanting to Justify Himself"