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?"