Stanley Hauerwas on Securing Our Lives & Self-Sacrifice

Friends, I have been enjoying Stanley Hauerwas’ fine theological commentary on Matthew. It seems that on every page I find something that I say, “Yes,” to. It’s my first in depth reading of Hauerwas and I suppose to be fair I should read some more of his work. Nevertheless, here’s another of those paragraphs that… Continue reading Stanley Hauerwas on Securing Our Lives & Self-Sacrifice

The Dangerous God: Judges 7, The God who Does More with Less

Friends, I preached this sermon back in November of 2006. It was the first in a series of 8 sermons I preached on the subject, The Dangerous God. Sometimes I think that we Christians are more content to put our faith in places where there is obvious power or obvious safety. But this is not… Continue reading The Dangerous God: Judges 7, The God who Does More with Less

Where it All Went Wrong

90 Days with Scripture Week 1: September 28, 2008 Genesis 3:1-24:  When Everything Went Wrong Introduction 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The… Continue reading Where it All Went Wrong

The Crucifixion Driven Life

Friends, Here are my sermons and Powerpoints on the Crucifixion Driven Life. The sermons are based Matthew’s Gospel, and, as I said elsewhere, I have drawn illustrative material from a variety of sources. I have also included two study guides that I wrote for my Bible school class. The study guides contain short bibliographies on… Continue reading The Crucifixion Driven Life

More Sermons by DA Carson: 1 Peter

Friends, Here I have found more audio sermons by DA Carson. These sermons are based on 1 Peter and were delivered at the 2001 John Bunyan Conference. 1. 1 Peter 1:13-2:1: Holiness without Suffering 2. 1 Peter 2:4-12: A Rock and a People 3. 1 Peter 2:13-3:12: How Then Shall We Live? 4. 1 Peter… Continue reading More Sermons by DA Carson: 1 Peter

Why Joe M Stayed in the Church

Friends, While lurking, and taking a brief hiatus from writing at CRN.info, I read this in the comments thread of another post: “This place is supposed to be the “Christian” blog…er…right?” Well, I can say: “Yes! It is.” We don’t always agree (sometimes we don’t really even like each other very much); we certainly do… Continue reading Why Joe M Stayed in the Church

Skycast: The Crucifixion Driven Life: Matthew 1:18-25

Friends, A few years ago, I became weary of the Purpose Driven Life. We had gone through the program at my church, read the book, preached the sermons. When it was all done, I felt no better and our church did not grow. I felt dirty for using someone else’s sermon outlines. (My content stuffed… Continue reading Skycast: The Crucifixion Driven Life: Matthew 1:18-25

Why I’m not Voting in 2008

Friends, Here I am too early in the morning thinking about politics. I am troubled by something and I cannot seem to shake it out. I’m thinking about the upcoming presidential election and the constant bombardment of advertising that panders to Christians in an attempt to wrangle a vote from them. McCain thinks he owns… Continue reading Why I’m not Voting in 2008

New Pastor’s Prayer Thoughts is Posted

Friends, Continuing my series of posts at A Pastor’s Prayer Journal, Prayer Thoughts, I offer you my latest post: Prayer Thoughts, Septembr 8, 2008. In this post, I offer prayer thoughts on the following Scriptures: (Adoration) 2 Samuel 7:1-29, (Confession) Joshua 7:1-26, (Thanksgiving) Isaiah 7:1-17, (Supplication) Matthew 7:1-29. Thanks for stopping by. jerry

Beholding God: Isaiah 4:2-6

Friends, Here is the continuation of my series from Isaiah’s Gospel. I think this is part 5 or 6. Anyhow, what governs these verses is the short almost formulaic phrase ‘in that day.’ This was first mentioned back in chapter 2 and ‘that day’ has not always had overtones of happiness for those who do… Continue reading Beholding God: Isaiah 4:2-6

A Meaningless Poll of the World

Friends, I found a meaningless article at the BBC online today. Turns out that the majority of nearly 23,000 people from 17 different countries would prefer Senator Barack Obama as the next president. Well, I have a couple of thoughts on this poll. First, who cares what people around the world think of who should… Continue reading A Meaningless Poll of the World

Funny Picture at Faith and Theology

Friends, I don’t even know how I found this, but I did and it is funny. Evidently this picture was posted and a contest was initiated to find the best caption for it. The winning caption from Dave Belcher: “In a surprise move at the Vatican this weekend, Pope Benedict XVI performed a spontaneous same-sex… Continue reading Funny Picture at Faith and Theology

Stanley Hauerwas on Confession & Confrontation & Communion

Friends, I’m reading a wonderful new book (Brazos, 2006) called: Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible: Matthew by Stanley Hauerwas. It’s really very thought provoking and well written. I came across a paragraph I’d like to share with you: Jesus charges members of the church to confront those whom we think have sinned against us.… Continue reading Stanley Hauerwas on Confession & Confrontation & Communion