Month: September 2015

  • Mocking the Maimed

    In this past week’s sermon on Jesus’s teaching concerning adultery and lust (Mt. 5:27-30) we made connections between that teaching and a couple of the beatitudes: purity of heart and hungering for righteousness (Mt. 5:6, 8). In his study of the Sermon on the Mount, John Stott makes one further connection between this teaching and […]

  • 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 […]

  • Jesus the hypocrite?

    In Matthew 5:22 Jesus tells his listeners that the person who calls his brother “Fool!” is in danger of hell fire. This, he claims, is the idea implied in the command not to murder. What then to make of the fact that Matthew records Jesus himself using the word “fool” (Gk. moros, from which we […]

  • Legalistic Tendencies

    “Legalism” is a brush some Christians find handy to tar others with. Sometimes it’s a legitimate accusation. But what exactly does it mean to be legalistic? In preparing for a recent sermon on Jesus and the Law, I came across this helpful clarification of various meanings of the term “legalism.” To be clear we should […]

  • Our Merciful Lord

    In the Men’s Breakfast right now we are reading All Things for Good by Thomas Watson (1620-1686). Watson was a Puritan minister in England during times of religious and political upheaval. Early in the book Watson offers this gem: “Mercy does more multiply in Him than sin in us.” It sounded vaguely familiar so I tracked down […]

  • Loving the Lion, not the Land

    In God is the Gospel John Piper begins with an arresting question. If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical […]

  • Israel: Salt and Light

    “[T]he words about salt and light…sound a challenge to Israel: she is to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world. That was always her vocation: to be a nation of priests, to be YHWH’s servant, so that his glory might reach to the ends of the earth. But the salt as […]

  • International – Interdenominational – English Speaking

    “Equipping the saints for the work of ministry” Ephesians 4:12