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Theology of the Cross

There is nothing more important in Christian theology than our theology of the cross. We must speak clearly that the heart of the gospel is the good news of divine self-satisfaction through divine self-substitution. Never compromise on the cross. Never dilute the message of the cross. And never stop glorying in the cross where Christ … Continue reading

When Love Came Down To Earth

This isn’t a Christmas song, but it could be. We sang it on Sunday and I remembered again why I loved this song… “When Love Came Down to Earth” Words & music by Stuart Townend When Love came down to earth and made His home with man The hopeless found a hope, the sinner found … Continue reading

Only Comfort in Life & Death

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am not my own, but belong-body and soul, in life and in death-to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. … Continue reading

The Tip Of Your Nose

The only thing more difficult than finding the truth is not losing it. What starts out as new and precious becomes plain and old. What begins a thrilling discovery becomes a rote exercise. What provokes one generation to sacrifice and passion becomes in the next generation a cause for rebellion and apathy. Why is it … Continue reading

I’m Done!

I just finished Why We Love The Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion. It is an incredible book and one of the best I’ve read on this subject. Let me ask you a couple of questions: Are you dissatisfied with your local church? Do you regularly attend a local church? Do you love … Continue reading

The Gospel: The Church’s Answer

Of course, we never want to lose our sense of wonder at the gospel. Which, come to think of it, may be why the same old hymns and some old liturgies and same old sermons start sounding stale. It’s possible the church needs to change. Certainly in some areas it does. but it’s also possible … Continue reading

Church’s Main Problem: Sin

The doctrine of original sin can also help the church from drifting away from what matters most. The danger of incessant polling and trend watching is that the church’s target will always be changing. We will be forever doomed to chase relevance, manage people’s perceptions of the church, and catch up with cutting edge. The … Continue reading

Addicted To “Happy Endings”

As evangelicals we’ve become addicted to “happy ending” stories where we go through “x” (hard thing) and then start praying and then-"Shazam!-God makes everything better and we have a nice, utopian story to tell where we are the hero who ends up with the great job, the great family, the time off, the free plane … Continue reading

We Need The Church

God has always been a revealing God, a God who speaks to His people…God meets with and rules over His people, not through a facilitated experience of group sharing, but through the authoritative preaching of the Word of God. Every way of doing church and every context has its strengths and weaknesses. We all have … Continue reading

Do You Endure the Church?

Church isn’t something to be endured, it’s something to be entered into joyfully. Maybe you don’t like the sermons, or maybe the music bothered you on Sunday, but those things are trivial compared to the very act of committing yourself to being part of the body of Christ, and participating fully. It’s easy to be … Continue reading

Are We Trusting God’s Sovereignty?

To all these questions, I could add one more: “Are we trusting God’s sovereignty in the gospel?” God causes the deaf to hear and the blind to see. He melts hearts of stone and hardens others. Paul did not always see a favorable response to the gospel. Neither will we. God may send a season … Continue reading

Why We Love The Church

“Is a head still a head if it doesn’t have a body? Is a basement still a basement if there’s no house on top? Is a friend really your friend if you can’t stand his wife? According to 1 Corinthians 3, the church is God’s building, with Jesus Christ as its foundation. To be sure, … Continue reading