Reflections on a World Afire, Lenten Reflections #1

One of the last acts I performed as a member of Facebook was to follow a link to a blog post and read the blog post. It had something to do with Daniel 11 so I thought this would be a good thing–given that I am currently neck deep in a study of Daniel in… Continue reading Reflections on a World Afire, Lenten Reflections #1

Emil Brunner on the Scandal of Christianity

“Let me say one last word. The scandal of Christianity exists as a scandal only so long as we are full of ourselves. To believe in the cross of Christ no scandal for those who have seen how perverted is their own wisdom, the wisdom of natural man. It is the very corrective for this… Continue reading Emil Brunner on the Scandal of Christianity

Sermons on the Unity of the Church & Christians

Friends, During Lent, I am preaching a series of sermons on the essential unity and oneness of the church, forged in the cross of Christ. I will be providing excerpts of those sermons here and also links back to my box.net account where they might downloaded in full. The sermons are drawn from 1 Corinthians.… Continue reading Sermons on the Unity of the Church & Christians

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

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

James Montegomery Boice on Crucifixion

Friends, Today’s quote builds on the Crucifixion Driven Life theme I began a couple of days ago. Today’s quote is from James Montegomery Boice: The Centrality of the Cross by James Montgomery Boice …if the death of Christ on the cross is the true meaning of the Incarnation, then there is no gospel without the… Continue reading James Montegomery Boice on Crucifixion

The Crucifixion Driven Life

Friends, Back in 2006 I preached a series of sermons I called ‘The Crucifixion Driven Life.’ This was my take on the popular 40 Days of Purpose that everyone was raving about at the time. We did the 40 Days of Purpose in my congregation and it was not quite as fun as I had… Continue reading The Crucifixion Driven Life

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

An Islamic View of the Messiah: A New Film about a Cross-less Christ

Friends, It has always been a popular thing to make movies about Jesus. Mel Gibson made one and so have many others. Now it turns out that Muslims are getting in on the action. This link connects to an interview with an Iranian man who made a film about Jesus ‘from a Muslim point of… Continue reading An Islamic View of the Messiah: A New Film about a Cross-less Christ

90 Days with Jesus, Day 85: John 19:28-42: It Is Finished; It has Begun!

John 19:28-42 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 85) Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 85: John 19:28-42: It Is Finished; It has Begun!