Bible Note #20 — Deuteronomy 22:6-7 and Cruelty to the Vulnerable and Weak

Deuteronomy 22:6-7 [ESV] “If you come across a bird’s nest in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young.  You shall let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, that it … Continue reading

Sermon #61 — Healing and the Mission of God: The Healing Purpose of God

Our natural and unashamed expectation should be that where the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached, healing — miraculous, supernatural healing — should be present.  Although it is the case that miraculous healings can and do serve as confirmation of the truthfulness of the preaching, that isn’t the more important reason why gospel preaching and … Continue reading

Quotes of Note #1 Healing and Redemption

“. . .  Jesus is working to restore the original vision of creation.  Jesus starts from the innermost part of us, the seat of our relationship with God, and works outward to include our physical being.  This process is like what [C. S.] Lewis called ‘death working backwards,’ as the ravaging effects of the Fall … Continue reading

Sermon #52–The People of the Presence of God

  “The People of the Presence of God: a Christmas Sermon” Human beings are made for God.  That isn’t a widely acknowledged truth.  It certainly isn’t the mainstream view in Western culture, but it’s the truth just the same.  We’re designed for relationship with God, and that truth is nowhere more clearly expressed than in … Continue reading

Sermon #48 — “Words from the Beloved Apostle: Love, Obedience, and Power” — 1 John 5:1-5

“So, without love, there can be no hearty submission to the will of God, and there can be no real and heartfelt trust and confidence in him.”  Jonathan Edwards In Christ, God has victoriously asserted this redeeming power over the fallen world to set it right, a work into which he calls us to be … Continue reading

Sermon #36 — Our God of Power: Creation — Colossians 1:15-20

“…theological realism: the simple, basic belief that God is that ultimate reality out of which all physical realities around us derive their existence, and that his real presence is immediately accessible to his people.”  Gary Tyra, The Holy Spirit in Mission, p. 112 There is no moment, no place, no aspect of the created order … Continue reading

Prayer Note #35 — A Prayer for Artists and Artisans

Thanks you, Lord, that you have led me to discover the pleasures of making things with my hands — durable things that last, things that can be appealing to the eye, things that show the natural beauties of the wood and stone that you have made and the metals you have shown us how to … Continue reading

Sermon #14 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 5: Male and Female He Created Them

Following on the theme of the previous installment in this series, here I look deeper into the nature of humanity, the image of God, and gender.  As the preaching of this series worked out, I had not been planning on including this topic here in the series.  But after a passing reference to the nature … Continue reading

Sermon #13 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 4: The Image

Our own identity is tied intimately into the identity of God. We bear the image of the living God.  In the person of God, we see the root and origin of our own identity — broken and distorted though it may be because of our fall in to sin.  In ourselves, we see the imperfect … Continue reading

Sermon #12 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 3 — The One Who Holds Space and Time

I continue in this sermon to set out some more of the core truths about the nature and character of God.  In this sermon, we work through Isaiah 40:12-31.  We can easily take the on-going existence of the universe for granted.  Here through Isaiah, God impresses on us the truth that it is his constant … Continue reading