This is an essay that I wrote for my British literature class last semester. I figure someone might find it interesting. Or a good laugh. Either way. I Lay Down My Life for Edmund: Atonement Theology in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe “When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in … Continue reading "Narnia and the Cross (An Essay for British Lit)"
The title here is as descriptive as they get. I basically have a bunch of random thoughts about Christmas. I could write them all as separate posts and try to elaborate and go into loads of detail, but why do that when it’s almost Christmas and you have people to see, presents to wrap, and plans to … Continue reading "Assorted Thoughts on Christmas"
This is post 3 of 3 in the series “Using Psalms” Why do the nations rebel and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the LORD and His Anointed One: “Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints.” The … Continue reading "Using Psalms: Psalm 2 and the Sovereign Son"
This is post 2 of 3 in the series “Jesus the Apocalypse: Mark Bible Study” To continue my Mark Bible study (which began in this post), I’ll move on to the very first verse: This is the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. What the Bible Says Let’s not miss the significance of … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: The Messiah Appears"
“Jesus paid it all / all to Him I owe.” Some hymns have the most wonderful truths, don’t they? Jesus paid it all. We are saved by Christ alone. In practice, we don’t always believe this. We think that the strength of our faith, the degree of our obedience, or the purity of our motives … Continue reading "Christ Alone: Absolutely Wonderful!"
This past Sunday I received the opportunity to preach, which I haven’t done in some time. I greatly enjoyed it, and thank God that my message was well-received. In my preparations, I wrote a manuscript, and I decided I would upload that as a post. It’s long, mind you, since it’s an entire sermon, but I hope someone … Continue reading "Why Did Jesus Come “In the Flesh?”"
What do God’s redemptive plan and the movie Inception have in common? Complex layers within complex layers. If you don’t know Inception, the movie is about dreams, and involves dreams within dreams within dreams. Each dream is very different, but also very connected to the dreams on the higher and lower levels. The dreams are … Continue reading "Jesus the New and True Israel"
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"
The Fight A Catholic bishop and a Presbyterian preacher walk into a bar. Seeing that they were both teachers of Scripture, they began talking theology over drinks. The discussion soon got heated when they got to the topic of justification by faith. Before anyone knew what had happened, both men lay dead on the floor, … Continue reading "Faith and Works, Plus a Bar Fight"