Jesus (Still) Wants to Know Me

Like many people right now, I am reading Michael Spencer’s book Mere Churchianity, which was recently published by Waterbrook Press. I’m only two chapters in, but already I know the reason I bought the book and why I visited the late Spencer’s blog Internet Monk so frequently. He tells his readers in the introduction exactly… Continue reading Jesus (Still) Wants to Know Me

Sinning Like a Christian: William Willimon

Sinning Like  a Christian, by William Willimon Abingdon Press, 2005 A Peculiar Prophet (Willimon’s Blog) I wish I had the courage to sin like William Willimon, but I know that if I did, people might look at me funny. After all, I’m not William Willimon.  The problem with Willimon is not his theology. I think… Continue reading Sinning Like a Christian: William Willimon

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

Growing in Jesus and Our Understanding of His Work

Friends, This is the third in a series of preliminary sermons I have preached from the book of Hebrews during Lent. You can download the manuscripts at my box.net (I have provided the links.) I will be preaching through the entire book starting in May 2009. Sermon one is: Listening to and Thinking about Jesus… Continue reading Growing in Jesus and Our Understanding of His Work

Resting In and Holding Fast to Faith

Sunday, March 8, 2009 (PM) The Imperatives of Hebrews, 2 The Book of Hebrews [These sermons are also available for download at my box.net account.–jerry] 1. Listening to and Thinking about Jesus 2. Resting in and Holding Fast to Faith Last week [here], we began some preliminary explorations of the book of Hebrews, in preparation… Continue reading Resting In and Holding Fast to Faith

Listening to and Thinking about Jesus

Sunday, March 1, 2009 (PM) The Imperatives of Hebrews The Book of Hebrews “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he… Continue reading Listening to and Thinking about Jesus

Paradox in Preaching

My current reading project is Willimon’s Conversations with Barth on Preaching. It is a fascinating book for any number of reasons, but it is especially helpful if you happen to be, ahem, a preacher. I was warned as a young college student to be afraid of Barth and his strange version of unorthodox orthodoxy, and… Continue reading Paradox in Preaching