Category Glory of God

Spiritual Discipline: Thanksgiving

There are quite a few books available on cultivating spiritual disciplines, some good and some terrible. I have read a few and they usually advocate such things like keeping a journal, a dedicated prayer time, abstinence from various things, fasting, worship, prayer, and so on. Usually these sorts of books are quite individualistic and full […]

This Is War

Advent means coming. We often think of Advent as the time a baby is born, meek and mild, and laying in a manger no crying He makes (yeah right!). We often think of cozy little hay beds and fluffy winged angels and shepherds with red cheeks. I wonder, did the cattle barn have Christmas lights? […]

Palm Sunday Victory Sacrifice

Palm Sunday is nearly upon us, and since I have too many thoughts to put into one sermon you will get some here. Read Mark 11. Jesus is the coming King. He is announced as king and rides into the city with a kingly greeting (11:8-10). The Son of David has come to the holy city […]

The Son Of Man And The Flaming Sword

I preached on Mark 8:27-9:1 and I focused on one aspect of Jesus’s teaching in verses 8:38-9:1 which read as follows, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father […]

Fat And Happy Marriage

What qualifies me to say anything about fat and happy marriages? Well, hopefully I have one. Perhaps our marriage is not “fat and happy” maybe we are on our way there and currently in the “chunky and cheery” category. Well, my wife and I have been married for five years now, six this May, look […]

A Pile Of Hope

In the midst of cultural upheaval, presidential nonsensical political bickering, and the draconian Islamic State, we have hope. A Light that shines in the darkness, the coming of King who will never be removed from His throne. The forgiveness of sins for those overturning society, for lying political candidates and cronies, and yes, even for […]

Many Sons To Glory

A snippet of an Advent sermon concerning Romans 9:25-26. The question is not: why would God save some and not others? The question is: why would God save any of us at all? When the boots are on the ground, after we understand this high theology, how does this play out? How does this work […]

The Parousia of Christ

It is Advent season, which means the church reflects upon the coming of the Lord, the first coming, that is. This is a wonderful time of joy as the course of world history changed. The Great Expectation of history when the Eternal Word of God was born of a woman. This truth has universal ramifications. […]

Formless And Void, Life And Glory

Covenant Compendium #2 Genesis 1:2 “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Here we see the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life (Nicene Creed) taking […]

God Is God, And We Owe Him

Covenant Compendium #1 Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God was the only One at the beginning of everything, this means that you weren’t there. You and I and everyone else who ever lived did not have a say in the making of the world. We did not give […]