I just finished N. T. Wright’s book on atonement, The Day the Revolution Began. As with every Wright book, it’s about 60% stuff he’s said a dozen times over, 25% helpful and enlightening ideas for reading and understanding the New Testament, and 15% things that you just end up unsure about. And as always, that … Continue reading "The Evangelical Heart of Wright’s Atonement"
I just read James Jordan’s little book, Crisis, Opportunity, and the Christian Future. It was terribly interesting, and of mixed convincing power, but the prescriptions he made in it for the Church today seem to me of massive importance. In the end, his suggestions boil down to this: saturate Christians in the Bible, learn from … Continue reading "James Jordan and the Tribal Gospel"
A sermon I preached this morning. I pray it will be of some edification. So, I am not one to get too political in the pulpit for the sake of simply avoiding unnecessary strife. Christians can and do disagree on political issues, though I do believe that Scripture and Christian preaching can and does have … Continue reading "Jesus the Prophet and the Word"
What is a Sunday morning church service for? As Christians, we meet together on the first day of every week, the day of Christ’s resurrection. We sing songs, hear preaching, and (hopefully) take Communion. But why? What is the purpose and goal of this meeting? To many people, our gathering together as the Church on Sunday is … Continue reading "Church Is for the Church"
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “Jesus the Apocalypse: Mark Bible Study” [This is the third post in my Bible study on Mark. See the others here.] As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: The Announcement of Elijah"
[This is a sermon I preached a week ago. Like my previous sermon, it is a long read.] The Mismatch I want to start out this morning with a few really simple and straightforward questions. No gimmick or trick; I’m just looking for totally natural answers. What do you smell with? Your nose. What do … Continue reading "Heaven, Resurrection, and New Creation: Our Destiny in Christ"
The life of Jesus: Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived the perfectly obedient human life. He died an atoning death. He rose victoriously from the grave. The end. Okay, that’s not the whole story. There is a part I left out. Did you spot it? After He rose again, Jesus spent 40 days … Continue reading "Ascension Day: What Did Jesus Going to Heaven Do for Us?"
“Now none of this matters if you don’t already have a relationship with Jesus Christ,” the preacher says with a shift of tone. “Without Him, you can’t live an abundant life. So here’s what I want you to do. With eye head bowed and every eye closed, if you want to accept Jesus Christ into … Continue reading "Every Eye Open If You Want to Get Saved"
Have you ever heard of a BHAG? (That’s a Big Hairy Audacious Goal, if you don’t know.) What about the book Radical? Or can you imagine a college student dressing in funny blue pants and a massive afro wig? Whether you are familiar with all of these things or not, they represent a common thread … Continue reading "Witness with Your Inside Voice"
So, I don’t really believe in Hell. That’s right. I do not believe that Hell exists. And I sincerely doubt most of you do, either. Now, before you scream “heretic” and start gathering a mob, I should clarify that, if you were to ask me if Hell exists, I would certainly say “yes.” If you … Continue reading "I Don’t Believe in Hell"