A sermon preached at Winnetka Bible Church on April 30, 2017. Part of the series “Zechariah’s Joy: Trusting God in Days of Pain” [Click here for sermon audio] Title: Cleansed to Build God’s Temple Text: Zechariah 5:1–11 Introduction: A Fitting Dwelling I am a bit of a fan of a certain electronics company that shall… Read More Cleansed to Build God’s Temple
The following list is my initial attempt at drafting a “triage” for how to evaluate a song for use in corporate worship. Behind the three-tiered system are the following two assumptions: (1) the tiers get progressively less critical, and (2) the tiers get progressively more subjective. This is a work-in project, and I’m working from scratch.… Read More Should We Sing This Song?
Sometimes I get bored with portions of Scripture. Almost always, it’s because I wasn’t paying attention. Spiritual blindness and coldness of heart over passages usually reflect that I failed to see the engine that drives familiar words. I neglect the supernatural power that makes the thing work, and wonder at my malaise. How many times have… Read More A Supernatural String of Pearls
Imagination Redeemed: Glorifying God with a Neglected Part of Your Mind, Gene Edward Veith Jr. and Matthew P. Ristuccia (Crossway: 2015) I loved this book. Short, insightful, stimulating. It has inspired all sorts of desires for further reading and writing. Veith & Ristuccia argue that the imagination is a largely neglected sphere of Christian spirituality,… Read More Review: Imagination Redeemed
Title: The Anatomy of Faith Text: Romans 4:1–12 Winnetka Bible Church, April 17, 2016 [[Click here to download the mp3 audio]] I’d like to begin with a story—a true story. It’s a story you all know, but I am going to tell it in a different way than you are used to hearing it, because… Read More The Anatomy of Faith
This post is a revision and update of a paper I wrote for my Systematic Theology class at Bethlehem. It is an academic paper, so a bit more technical (and quite a bit longer) than my usual blog post style, but it is the paper I have been asked to share with friends most often, so… Read More Treat Him As An Unbeliever
Throughout this Good Friday service, we meditate and reflect on the suffering and passion of our Lord, Jesus Christ. As we begin the account of Jesus’ final hours leading to the cross, we start in the upper room with the twelve. This is an especially appropriate place for us to begin, because it reminds us… Read More Here May View Its Nature Rightly