I really debated whether to enter the fray on Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. Between mommy blogs and Christian commentators, what could I add to the conversation that will edify anyone? Then, I encountered an impressively bad argument. Continue reading Beauty and the Bad Argument
Three weeks ago while preaching through the book of Ruth, I highlighted that Boaz demonstrated himself to be a profoundly godly and extraordinary man because he—first—knew the law and—second—went beyond it when he allowed Ruth to glean under his watchful care. Then I told them, “And you’ll never know why Boaz is so extraordinary if you don’t know Leviticus. For that matter, you can’t really understand your Bible unless you know Leviticus. That’s why it’s my favorite book of the Bible.”
We are a storied people. We are shaped by the stories that we tell. This is James K.A. Smith’s idea of ‘cultural liturgies.’ It is in recognition of these cultural liturgies that I have cultivated a practice of intentional liturgy. I think the big question comes down to this: are you consciously liturgical? Continue reading An Old Dusty Story: Ash Wednesday
Yesterday, on Ash Wednesday of 2017, I posted an article written by Carl Trueman, a professor of Christian theology and … Continue reading To Ash or Not to Ash; Why Even Ask?
Faithful soteriology should maintain the inherent tension between justification and obedience. That tension guards the Church from falling away from the truth on either side of this issue. While not effectual unto justification, obedience is a simultaneous effect and proof of justification and necessary for salvation. Continue reading The Obedience of Faith: Saved Not Without, But Not With Works
You that you should look to Ephesians 4:11-16 for ministry philosophy and resist every effort to get you to consider some boxed ministry module, some guru’s system, or anything else that can be marketed. Continue reading The Purpose of Church Leaders
Our sermon today is about a man of whom Jesus said, “no one born of women is greater than … Continue reading The Body They May Kill; God’s Truth Abideth Still