DA Carson on What Destroys the Church

This is from Carson’s book The Cross and the Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians. The ways of destroying the church are many and colorful. Raw factionalism will do it. Rank heresy will do it. Taking your eyes off the cross and letter other, more peripheral matters dominate the agenda will do it–admittedly more… Continue reading DA Carson on What Destroys the Church

Lectionary Notes 1 John 4 7 21

In my ongoing series of posts on the current lectionary readings, I offer you these notes on 1 John 4:7-21. There are notes from DA Carson, Eugene Peterson, I Howard Marshall, Craig Keener, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and David Jackman among others. The notes focus mainly on John’s call to his congregation to love one another as… Continue reading Lectionary Notes 1 John 4 7 21

Lectionary Study Notes: Acts 4:5-12, May 3, 2009

Friends, Here is my second installment of study notes for this week’s lectionary readings. This one focuses on Acts 4:5-12. The study focuses on the Spirit’s role, the Name, and the Exclusivity.  Quotes from William Willimon, Richard Philips, John Stott, Robert Tannehill, LJ Olgivie, DA Carson, Eugene Peterson, Aijith Fernando, Mark Driscoll, and more. There… Continue reading Lectionary Study Notes: Acts 4:5-12, May 3, 2009

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

Audio from DA Carson

Friends, It is a DA Carson bonanza! Oooh! You know I am big fan of his and I happen to believe, with the exception of his strident Calvinism, that he is a brilliant expositor of Scripture. Anyhow, a friend provided a link, after he did some down-the-rabbit-hole searching and came up with the Nashville Conference on… Continue reading Audio from DA Carson

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

Isaiah 1:1-31: Isaiah’s Call for Spiritual Reformation

Friends, This is the text of last Sunday’s sermon. I have been reading and re-reading Isaiah’s sermons since June 23 of this year. The depth is overwhelming. What struck me though is where he chose to begin his sermons (or, at least what his editors chose as the first sermon in this collection). The first… Continue reading Isaiah 1:1-31: Isaiah’s Call for Spiritual Reformation

Jesus Explains Why All Things Must be Made New, Matthew 9:14-17

Friends, Here is text from a sermon I preached in July 2005. I see a lot of themes in this sermon that I am only just beginning to understand. In particular, this series of sermons was titled “ALL THINGS NEW.” I had no idea at the time where this would eventually lead, but now I… Continue reading Jesus Explains Why All Things Must be Made New, Matthew 9:14-17

90 Days with Jesus, Day 4: Colossians 1:4: Our Faith in Christ Expressing Itself in the Love of the Saints

Day 4, Colossians 1:4: Our Faith in Christ Expressing Itself in The Love of the Saints “…because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints…” “But Jesus’ glorious prayer ‘that they may be one’ is manifestly being answered to a superlative degree in the… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 4: Colossians 1:4: Our Faith in Christ Expressing Itself in the Love of the Saints

90 Days with Jesus, Day 3: Colossians 1:3: The Prayers we Pray

Day 3 Colossians 1:3 The Prayers we Pray “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you…” Prayer is language used in a personal relation to God. It gives utterance to what we sense or want to respond to before God. God speaks to us; our answers are… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 3: Colossians 1:3: The Prayers we Pray