Take up Your Cross, Daily, Lenten Reflection #5

The third passage of Scripture I am zeroing in on during this Lenten season is found in Mark 8: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for… Continue reading Take up Your Cross, Daily, Lenten Reflection #5

Drawing, Holding, Considering: Hebrews 10:19-25

Friends, This is a podcast of the sermon I preached this past Sunday evening from Hebrews 10:19-25. It is the fourth part of a series I am preaching through Hebrews. I have been posting the manuscript links here and I will publish this manuscript too and also upload it to my box.net. Here are the… Continue reading Drawing, Holding, Considering: Hebrews 10:19-25

Abraham Conquers the Land

Abraham the Warrior Genesis 12, Luke 11 Abraham is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. There is something about his character, his unassuming personality, his toughness that resonates with my own spirit. Not that I am tough or unassuming like he was, but just that…well, I just like Abraham. He, along with David… Continue reading Abraham Conquers the Land

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 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

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

Podcast #4: Leviticus and the Cost of Sacrifice (2 of 6 in the series)

Friends, The Life Under the Blue Sky podcast is now available for download. In this episode, I discuss the important issue of the cost of the sacrifices we make for Christ. The Cost of Sacrifice. This is part 2 in the six part series based on Leviticus. Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to… Continue reading Podcast #4: Leviticus and the Cost of Sacrifice (2 of 6 in the series)

Podcast #2: Jesus in the Old Testament:Leviticus & Sacrifice

Friends, I am happy to bring you my second podcast. This is part 1 of a six part series from the Old Testament book of Leviticus. The six parts come from a sermon I did about two years ago. Part 1 is the introductory material. The sound isn’t too bad considering I do not have… Continue reading Podcast #2: Jesus in the Old Testament:Leviticus & Sacrifice

“Amazing Grace”: A Review

Friends, I just finished watching ‘Amzing Grace’ the story of a man named William Wilberforce whose tireless efforts eventually resulted in the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire. Here’s my review: Fantastic! A Great family film that responsibly demonstrates how Christians should ‘grow where God has planted them’ so to speak. I… Continue reading “Amazing Grace”: A Review

Romans 12:1-2: Worship as Sacrifice: Displaying the Cross

Friends, I’m preaching a short, four-week series on the Spiritual Discipline of Worship. This sermon on Romans 12:1-2 is part three in the series. Thanks for stopping by.–jerry Let’s begin this sermon with a brief review of Romans up to the twelfth chapter: Paul begins by asserting that all of us are sinners in need… Continue reading Romans 12:1-2: Worship as Sacrifice: Displaying the Cross

90 Days with Jesus, Day 58: John 12:1-11: The Distinct Impression of the Death of Jesus

John 12:1-11 1Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 58: John 12:1-11: The Distinct Impression of the Death of Jesus