Thoughts on the Cross, Atonement, & Jesus

I happened across the blog of an author tonight whom I had never heard of before. I recognized some of the names associated in one way or another with the author so I hung around for a bit and did some reading. I discovered this author had recently published a new book he calls Rediscovering… Continue reading Thoughts on the Cross, Atonement, & Jesus

90 Days with Scripture: Jesus, pt 3: Mark 15

Friends, This is part 10 of my current series of sermons 90 Days with Scripture. In this sermon from Mark 15, I begin by doing a short survey of the previous 9 sermons before offering a few thoughts on Mark 15. The sermon takes about 25 minutes and ends by wondering how it is that… Continue reading 90 Days with Scripture: Jesus, pt 3: Mark 15

90 Days with Scripture: Exodus 7-12, Freedom for God’s People (2)

Friends, This is part two of my sermon on the Exodus narratives. In this sermon I focus on Pharaoh and the Passover. This is reverse side of the sermon for last week that focused on Prophets (Moses & Aaron) and the Plagues. The exodus, while a real even in history, also becomes a type of… Continue reading 90 Days with Scripture: Exodus 7-12, Freedom for God’s People (2)

PT Forsyth and the Centrality of the Cross

Friends, Here’s a lengthy, but necessary quote from my friend PT Forsyth. Every time I read something of his, I am astounded at his prescience (not to mention his depth of thought!) Here he is lamenting the church not only losing focus on the centrality of Christ’s cross and its vital connection to our salvation,… Continue reading PT Forsyth and the Centrality of the Cross

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

John Stott on the Sacrifices We Bring to Christ

Friends, This continues my series on The Crucifixion Driven Life. This quote is from John RW Stott a scholar admired and respected across denominational lines as a sound expositor of Scripture and a welcome ambassador for the Kingdom of God: The uniqueness of Christ’s sacrifice does not mean, then, that we have no sacrifices to… Continue reading John Stott on the Sacrifices We Bring to Christ

Suffering & God & The Cross

Friends, Aaron W Calhoun, MD, has a rather brilliant, if short, essay in the most recent issue of Touchstone titled “Jesus Wept.” In the short essay he touches on some of the objections that atheists and others come up with for why there almost certainly is not a god.  This part of the essay has been rehearsed… Continue reading Suffering & God & The Cross

Spurgeon on the Triumph of Christ

Friends, Here I am again, overwhelmed at how freely flows the pen of the masters. I lament that we no longer live in a day and age when people are moved by such profundity–preferring instead to be captivated by smooth, earthly philosophies; guilt trips that impose on the grace of God. Here is Spurgeon, with… Continue reading Spurgeon on the Triumph of Christ

Updates to Life Under the Blue Sky

Friends, I thought I would take a little space here to update you on some recent additions to the blog. First, I have added two new sermons to the page: Towards a Theology of Suffering. These sermons cover Matthew 14-25. Here’s an excerpt from the first sermon covering Matthew 14-18: What I am saying to… Continue reading Updates to Life Under the Blue Sky

Tila Tequila: “Love is just love…”

Friends, In the Gospel of John, we read this story: 1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in… Continue reading Tila Tequila: “Love is just love…”