John Webster once wrote, "Memory is the urgent business of setting before our eyes God’s great act of delivering us from death and giving us a share in his life, (Webster, Meditations of a Theologian, 152). Christians should be people who have short memories toward those who have wronged us, but long memories toward the … Continue reading Reflection and Growing in Joyful Humility
The following is taken from Kelly M. Kapic, Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering, (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017), 34-35. It is a spontaneous lament written by a friend of Kapic's reflecting on the various struggles of life. It is a fictitious conversation with God regarding suffering. Why did my daughter's husband … Continue reading “A Spontaneous Lament”
One of the joys of researching the life of a famed theologian is that, after spending much time interacting with their work, you begin to notice characteristics of their personality. Those close associates and students who have written about the life and work of Karl Barth have indicated that one of the greatest characteristics of … Continue reading When Angels Laugh
Currently I am preaching through the Sermon on the Mount in a series I have titled "Authentic: Living the Genuine Christian Life in a Disingenuous World." I have preached through the Sermon on the Mount before, but this times seems different. Perhaps it is the rapidly changing world stage or the more subtle undercurrent of a … Continue reading Monday Morning Reflections: Blessed are the Mourners
“A preacher then should have loftiness of mind, far exceeding my own littleness of spirit, that he may correct this disorderly and unprofitable pleasure on the part of the multitude, and be able to lead them over to a more useful way of hearing, that his people may follow and yield to him, and the … Continue reading Chrysostom on Pulpit Presence
**This post was written for the church I currently pastor. As such, it is intentionally pastoral. I have sought to avoid overly technical language and am speaking within the framework of a particular conversation.** The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for … Continue reading For whom did Christ die?
Telford Work's Living and Active: Scripture in the Economy of Salvation is a constructive, systematic work of immense breadth that is rarely seen today. Work has sought to construct a theology of Scripture founded upon the Trinity in an effort to avoid the personalism of liberal bibliology and the vapidity of a perceived static Fundamentalism. Central to … Continue reading A brief review of “Living and Active” by Telford Work (ch. 1)