Category: Pastor’s Journal

  • Timothy Keller on Thanks and Rest

    “Cosmic ingratitude is living in the illusion that you are spiritually self-sufficient. It is taking credit for something that was a gift. It is the belief that you know best how to live, that you have the power and ability to keep your life on the right path and protect yourself from danger. That is […]

  • Why does he preach such weird sermons?

    On Sunday I preached what was, perhaps for some of you, an unusual sermon.  For those of you who didn’t hear the sermon it was a survey of story of Scripture as a story of the restlessness of Israel, and humanity more broadly, and the offer of rest through Jesus Christ. It was prompted by the topic of […]

  • The Rest of the Story

    In today’s passage (Hebrews 2:5-18) the author of Hebrews claims that Scripture prophecies that ‘the world to come’ was not promised to angels but rather to humanity. This is part of a biblical story-line that we don’t pay much attention to. Deuteronomy 32:8 suggests that when God divvied out the land to nations, he gave […]

  • Donne in

    This is the Holy Sonnet by John Donne that I used to shape my prayer on Sunday. Batter my heart, three-person’d God, for you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, […]

  • Of pigs and pearls

    The final verse of Matthew 7:1-6 seems to be completely unrelated to what precedes and follows. Not surprisingly it has generated many different interpretations. Throughout church history it has been interpreted as a prohibition against serving communion to heretics or the unbaptized, as a principle concerning how much energy to spend evangelizing those most resistant to […]

  • Refreshing Prepositional (Re)Phrase

    I found myself singing one of the worship songs from yesterday while I was driving today. Holiness, Holiness is what I long for, Holiness is what I need. Holiness, holiness is what you want from me.* It’s a simple song, easy to remember and a good reminder. Then my mind made a little leap that I […]

  • Sermon Summary – “Truth Decay”

    The next in Jesus’s series of 6 interactions with the OT law has to do with oaths. In this section Jesus pulls two phrases from the OT which interpreters of his day may have been combining (Lev. 19:12; Num. 30:2). The phrases warn against swearing by God’s name but not fulfilling what you vow. In order […]

  • Prayer Lingo – Intercession

    Recently someone asked about the difference between “prayer” and “intercessory prayer.” They questioned whether “intercessory prayer” is a specific form of prayer that is somehow more powerful or if the word “intercessory” is only used to make the prayer sound more serious, as if there is “praying” and then “really praying.” To “intercede” or to […]

  • Jesus: Teacher of the True Law

    In the early part of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus stakes out his position with respect to the Law by saying he came to fulfill it (Mt. 5:17). He then urged his listeners to pursue a righteousness superior to that of the legal experts of his day (5:20). He goes on to flesh out […]

  • Make me an Instrument of Peace

    Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be […]

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