I think some of the most deeply theological hymns are Advent Hymns. But rather than prove that, let’s just look at one of them shall we? What Child is This?Verse 1: What Child is this who laid to restOn Mary’s lap is sleeping?Whom angels greet with anthems sweetWhile shepherds watch are keeping Refrain:This, this isContinue reading “Theological Survey: What Child Is This?”
We all know the holidays can be fraught with all kinds of relational conflict. By God’s grace this is not the case for everyone. It could be worse. But still, we live in a fallen world where even faithful, bible believing Christians dread the holidays because of the drama. This may be even more likelyContinue reading “How Do I Honor Parents That I Disagree With?”
I’ve always liked J.I. Packer’s answer from his introductory essay to John Owen’s “The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.” To the question: what must I do to be saved? the old gospel replies: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. To the further question: what does it mean to believe on the LordContinue reading “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”
This past Sunday we talked about Elijah and the Prophets of Baal from 1 Kings 18. We know from looking at James 5:17-18 that one “takeaway” from this story is about the power of prayer. The priests of Baal prayed fervently but “No one answered; no one paid attention” (1 Kings 18:29). It becomes apparentContinue reading “Help! God Doesn’t Answer My Prayers”
Recently the San Francisco Gay “Men’s” Choir posted a video singing about how they are “coming for our children”. Some significant lyrics include: “But you’re just frightened – you think that we’ll corrupt your kids if our agenda goes unchecked. Funny – just this once – you’re correct.” “We’ll convert your children – happens bitContinue reading “A Helpful Response to the Gay Choir Boys”
In our last two Sunday worship services I’ve mentioned Pastor Tim Stephens in some fashion (once in a prayer and another time in a sermon application point). Pastor Tim was arrested last week for organizing and leading an outdoor worship service for his Calgary congregation. I’m going to continue to bring his name up inContinue reading “Why Make a Big Deal About Jailed Canadian Pastor?”
Pastor Tim, I became aware of your situation through the brothers at Cross Politic. I write as a pastor and a brother in Christ who prays earnestly for your vindication, comfort and strength. I pray for your family and have openly encouraged our congregation to join me. I thank God for your faithfulness to theContinue reading “Letter to Pastor Tim Stephens in Jail”
Jesus Came to Die Because He Loved The Father My kids are in that wonderful season of life where they are constantly measuring and comparing things. Everything is a contest. Everything is being compared for its value against something else. They sometimes ask me, “Dad, who do you love more…us or mom?” Now this mayContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die Part 5”
Jesus Came to Die So That We Could Stop Sinning A friend once told me about his experience visiting a deep underground cave while on a sight-seeing tour. My friend recalled that when they first entered the cave he couldn’t wait to leave. The tour guide had not turned on any lights. It was dark.Continue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 4”
Jesus Came to Die to Make us Brothers and Sisters One implication of the truth that we are “in Christ” is that we are one with everyone else who is “in Christ” by faith. The Scriptures express this in a variety of ways. We all have the “one Spirit”. We are all members of theContinue reading “5 Reasons Jesus Came to Die: Part 3”
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