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

A Word to the Sinners Among Us

“For all have sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God…” Paul to the Romans, chapter 3, verse 23 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life…” John the Apostle, chapter the third, 16th verse. Today,… Continue reading A Word to the Sinners Among Us

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

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

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

Mark Labberton on God’s People

Friends, For quite a while now I have been reading a book by Mark Labberton called The Dangerous Act of Worship. It has been a hard read because I had a few other projects going at the same time. I am just about finished wit it now and I came across this section that I… Continue reading Mark Labberton on God’s People

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

Worship as Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 10-11

Friends, here is the last part of the series on worship. The sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 10-11. It develops the idea that worship is, at its core, saying something about God. In fact, it may say more about God than it says about us; although, to be sure, it says something about what… Continue reading Worship as Proclamation: 1 Corinthians 10-11

Nothing New Under the Sun: Forsyth on the Kingdom

Friends, PT Forsyth died in 1921. Ever since I was introduced to his writings a little over 2 years ago, I have been constantly amazed at how prophetic his words were. He spoke to a generation of Christians that, evidently, were not much different from the current generation even though we are separated by a… Continue reading Nothing New Under the Sun: Forsyth on the Kingdom

More Irony: Catholics and Muslims Band Together for a Common Cause

Friends, This story was reported on January 5, 2008 by the Christian Post: Vatican Announces ‘Historic’ Catholic-Muslim Meeting for Spring. I will quote the relevant part of the article: In the Muslim letter, the 138 scholars focused on the commonality between Islam and Christianity – love for God and love for one’s neighbor. They also highlighted… Continue reading More Irony: Catholics and Muslims Band Together for a Common Cause

90 Days with Jesus, Day 84: John 19:17-27: The Cross of Jesus

John 19:17-27 (90 Days with Jesus Day 84) So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 84: John 19:17-27: The Cross of Jesus

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