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 »
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 »
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 »