Love Thy Body – Part 1

I have recently started leading a book study of Nancy Pearcey’s newest book Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. As the subtitle suggests, the book addresses a number of culturally sensitive subjects such as abortion, homosexuality, and transgenderism. And there were a bunch of reasons I chose this book for our group to study: the prevailing cultural ethos, the lack of sophistication in Christian responses to these hot-button issues, to name a couple. But, as I told the group who gathered to study the book with me, it wasn’t the cultural issues that initially grabbed my attention and it wasn’t those issues that became the primary determiner of choosing this book to study. Rather it was the title of the book that captivated my attention. “Love Thy Body.”

I am concerned that there is a … Read More »

Good Friday

The cross is the most pointed manifestation of the wrath of God in all the Bible. Sometimes we don’t grapple with this as much as we should. It is not uncommon to hear folks pitting the “God of the OT” versus the “God of the NT.” The God of the NT is a God of love, we are told, while the God of the OT is a God of wrath. That false dichotomy crumbles, however, when we rightly gaze upon the cross. The cross is also the most pointed manifestation of God’s love. We tend to emphasize this more and, if we are not careful, can be guilty of subtly embracing the aforementioned dichotomy. Of course this raises massive questions, questions like, “Are God’s wrath in conflict with one another?” This has … Read More »

Maundy Thursday

Tonight we are here to walk with Jesus through one of the darkest nights of the church calendar. This was Jesus’ last night, a night which was marked by betrayal — by Judas and Peter —, his passionate prayer in Gethsemane, his arrest and the charge by the high priest that he was guilty of blasphemy.

The title “Maundy Thursday” is derived from the Latin Mandatum Novum which means “a new commandment.”

The title “Maundy Thursday” is derived from the Latin Mandatum Novum which means “a new commandment.” Maundy Thursday was the day that Christ uttered those powerful words, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (Jn. 13:34). He did not issue this commandment in word only, though. Just prior … Read More »

The Lord’s Prayer

Honestly, I feel a little weird defending the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our services.  No one seems to mind when an elder prays one of Paul’s prayers or when we recite the Psalms, but when the Lord’s Prayer comes out, the Catholic meters start going wild.  This was driven home to me recently when I heard a message wherein the preacher mocked churches that pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Hopefully, this will not only explain why we do what we do, but also encourage you and infuse your prayer life with freshness.

Rather, he said, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed by your name…’” (Luke 11:2-4).

Jesus instructed us to use the Lord’s Prayer as a model for our own prayers.  On one occasion, the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk. 11:1).  He neither give them the … Read More »