Marriage, Unity and The Trinity (A Sermon)

I recently gave this sermon at a wedding I officiated.   Marriage, Unity and the Trinity So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and […]

All Things Made New

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” -Matthew 5:4 “Still, I repeat, a man in sorrow is in general far nearer God than a man in joy.” -George MacDonald, The Hope of the Gospel p. 37 Manchester by the Sea, the latest film by Kenneth Lonergan, for me was the best film of […]

Sacrifice & Obedience

And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. -Hebrews 10:10, NRSV “And take up their cross.” That cross is already there, ready, from the very beginning; we need only take it up. But to keep us from believing that we […]

Lenten Reflections on Restlessness and the Gospel

“Properly speaking it is Gospel when it preaches Christ; but when it rebukes and reproves and gives commands, it does nothing else than destroy those who are presumptuous concerning their own righteousness to make room for grace, that they may know the Law is fulfilled not by their own powers but only through Christ, who […]

Shallot Acrobats and The Joy of Creation

“The Christian apprehension of creation requires and involves the principle that creation is benefit. It shows us God’s good pleasure as the root, the foundation and the end of divine creation.” -Karl Barth, CD III.1 p.331 “God’s gracious action in creation belongs from the first to that delight, pleasure, and regard that the Trinity enjoys […]

Reflecting & Rejoicing

“It was not worthy of the goodness of God that those created by Him should be corrupted through the deceit wrought by the devil upon human beings. And it was supremely improper that the workmanship of God in human beings should disappear either through their own negligence or through the deceit of the demons… But […]

Redemption & Freedom in “Stranger Things” (SPOILERS)

“Thus into our house of bondage, Jesus brought the freedom of God’s sons and daughters through living a life that broke through the bondage and slavery of our sin into the liberty of a sinless humanity rejoicing in the love and faithfulness of God the Father”  -T.F. Torrance, Incarnation, p. 121,122 “There is no fear […]