The Revival We Don’t Need

May 5, 2019 8:29 pm

If by “revival” you mean MORE of the kind of Christianity and Church culture we see right now, a culture in Reformed circles that so disconnects profession of truth from the true possession of Christ that a man can offer a cogent confession of the Faith while shooting up a synagogue in a murderous hail of bullets; a culture that fears and loathes identifying its complicity in a racist past and labels those who care for the outcasts as cultural Marxists; a culture that prides itself on theological precision but is not sure how to talk about or embrace the... Read this post

The Indispensable Heart of the Christian Message

April 30, 2019 2:41 am

At the heart of the Christian message are the explosive words of Jesus as he died on a Roman cross in the first century. “It is finished!” he exclaimed (John 19:30)—and at those words, the earth shook, time as we know it split in two, and the relationship between God and people changed forever. In essence, “It is finished” was Jesus’s own declaration that the debt his people owed for their treason against God had been completely satisfied by his perfect life and sacrificial death. Their debt was paid in full. In his love for us, he paid the penalty... Read this post

Suppose You Had an Awful Father

February 27, 2019 3:19 pm

I’m not an especially good traveler, especially on long fights. One of the wilder experiences I’ve ever had was a flight from New York to Tel Aviv, on which numerous children were very active and very loud. As I tried to get some rest, I was annoyed by one little boy in particular who kept running up and down the aisle, yelling at the top of his lungs, “Abba! Abba!” I remember thinking that his parents ought to get him under control, that his sheer delight in seeking out their attention was driving everyone else a little crazy. Of course,... Read this post

Indispensable Quotes

February 23, 2019 6:30 pm

Here are a few lines from various chapters in my new book ‘Indispensable’, available for pre-order from Amazon and scheduled for publication on March 29th. I hope you find these words helpful, and if so, that you’ll tell others about the book so they can benefit too. You may have a weak faith that you wish were stronger, but you have a strong Savior who could not be more powerful. If you are his, it is not because your trust never wavers but because his love never fails. Not everything that Scripture says about Jesus is meant to be easy,... Read this post

Bring It On! Before You Say ‘Amen!’

February 23, 2019 6:05 pm

“Bring it on!” We probably say ‘Amen’ several times on a Sunday, mostly at the end of a prayer and occasionally in response to something said in a sermon (albeit quietly… we ARE Presbyterians after all!). We probably also deploy ‘Amen’ countless times the rest of the week. What do we mean we say this word? Why does it close all of Paul’s epistles and why do we close our prayers with this word? “Amen” is Near-Eastern and Hebrew in origin and migrated into the Aramaic language, the language Jesus spoke every day. It made its way into the Greek... Read this post

Jesus – The Indispensable Person

February 22, 2019 1:39 pm

Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would’ve been an atheist if he had known what we know today. —Richard Dawkins, interview with The Guardian At the name of Jesus every knee should bow. —Paul the Apostle Everybody has an opinion on Jesus. He’s unavoidable. He’s so wise and good that even those who don’t confess the faith that he taught want him on their team. What do you make of Jesus? Jesus of Nazareth burst onto the scene around AD 30 in Roman Judea, a small nation dominated by a foreign power and its puppet king. The Jews of Judea were... Read this post

Daily Prayer, Day Two: Moved to Pray

January 28, 2019 2:32 pm

“And they said to me, ‘The remnant there in the province who had survived the exile is in great trouble and shame. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates are destroyed by fire.’ As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, ‘O Lord God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open,... Read this post

Identity and the Current Tumult

January 27, 2019 4:42 pm

Central to the discussion of cultural and pastoral issues concerning ministry in the current societal tumult is the matter of identity, specifically in reference to what constitutes identity and on what it is based. This touches on every aspect of human existence and is especially at the core of any discussions regarding human sexuality, even when it is not explicitly noted. ‘Individualism’ is a term first cited by DeToqueville in connection with Enlightenment assertions (broadly considered) about the nature of human personhood, a movement which marks the transition from what Charles Taylor has referred to as the ‘porous self’, in... Read this post

Daily Prayer: Day One – Vision! Pray with Your Eyes Open

January 27, 2019 4:31 pm

Living On Purpose Proverbs 29:18 – “Without a vision my people perish…” When Paul wrote his beloved friends in Philippi he urged them to be ‘intent on one purpose’ (Phil 2). He knew that a people united in purpose and heart would be a people through whom the Gospel would flourish in the world. These ancient Christians were clearly a people of vision, giving their lives, energy, time, and goods to see the Good News about Jesus spread in their cities and towns and world. They were a people captured by a supreme vision that caused their hearts to rejoice... Read this post

It’s Advent – Happy New Year!

November 20, 2018 2:38 pm

We are only a week away from exclaiming, “Happy New Year!” I know you must be thinking that my forward planning has gotten out of hand and I’m in need of more coffee and a new calendar but bear with me. Advent is almost here. Rejoice! Yes, we’re a week away from the dawn of Advent, the first day of the new year in the Church’s calendar. The Church’s calendar has its own beautiful rhythm that redeems the time in our evil days. It begins with Advent, moves to Christmas and then Epiphany, on into a Lent that begins with Ash... Read this post