Sermon #63 — A Troubling Election and A People of Hope

The U.S. presidential election of 2016 is surely one of the most spiritually destructive of the ten presidential elections in my voting experience. I have been deeply troubled by the extent to which many prominent evangelical leaders have stirred up and played on the fears of their people.  This has not been American evangelicalism’s finest … Continue reading

Prayer Note #54 — Seeking My True Self in God

SEEKING MY TRUE SELF IN GOD My Father, my Lord, my Redeemer: I love you. I love you for who you are. I see in you the very essence of all that is worthy of my worship, the very foundation of all that is good and worthy of desiring. To desire you, long for you, … Continue reading

Prayer Note #48 — A Preachers Prayer to Be Used Rightly by the Word of God

[Yes, that’s what I meant to say: “to be used rightly by the word of God.”] Your word, Lord, is alive and powerful in the ears of faith. Grant me believing ears, so that I will hear your word clearly and welcome your word warmly into my mind, my heart, and my life. My calling … Continue reading

Prayer Note #44 — Longings

    Lord Jesus, you are King and Lord.  There is life nowhere except in you.  Apart from you is the abyss, the nightmare, the acid fog that corrodes my flesh and my spirit and my life itself. In you, Good Savior, is freshness.  In you is soothing sunshine and richness and life overflowing.  In … Continue reading

Sermon #37 — Our God of Power: Redeeming a People to Himself — Exodus 3:1-12

“I am convinced that the Christian life becomes a truly exciting adventure only when God is free to break into our days at any moment, just as he did in the case of ordinary, rank-and-file believer[s] [throughout the Bible], providing us with a special ministry assignment, calling for us to speak and act prophetically toward … 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

Bible Note #16 — By the River Jabbok

The tinkling of sheep bells was the last sound audible to him fading away up the path and over th hill on the other side of the small river.  The crunch of foot and hoof on the sandy gravel of the path had been lost to him fist, washed away by the splash and rush … 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

Bible Note #13 — 1 Peter 1:23-25

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  For, ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ (Isaiah 40:6-8)” 1 … Continue reading

Sermon #11 — The Doctrine of God, Pt. 2: Creator and Maker, Psalm 104

Here I continue to explore the doctrine of God.  Who is God?  What is his nature and character?  In this sermon, I work from Psalm 104 to lay out some of the basic truths about God as Creator and Maker of everything.  There are, as I say often, two kinds of things in the world: … Continue reading