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A Religion of Trinkets & Relics: A Sermon from Joshua 10

A Religion of Trinkets & Relics: A Sermon from Joshua 10

The way we defend the Bible reveals the way we view the Bible itself, and its Author. We need not stress ourselves or fret ourselves in authenticating its truth at every turn. Rather, we need only to proclaim its truth. Oftentimes, we find ourselves fawning over historical signs and evidences and artifacts which prove  the biblical narrative is true. And if we’re not careful, we end up with nothing but a religion of trinkets and relics in place of a Person.

Jesus Is King: A Sermon from Mark 5

Jesus Is King: A Sermon from Mark 5

The Gospel of Mark is full of encounters with devils and demons. Especially relative to its size, Mark’s account of Jesus’s life makes a point of emphasis to show the Lord Jesus’s outright control and authority over the forces of darkness. It evinces over and over that this Teacher from Nazareth is also the Ruler over everything. He is the King.

Light: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Light: A Sermon from Psalm 119

In the 14th stanza of Psalm 119, David testifies to the illuminating presence of the Word of God by likening it to his “light and lamp” for all of life. It directed his steps and ordered his future. It was his essential companion in a world that was dark. And so it is for Christians of all ages. Only the Word of God can be our only light and hope in an ever-darkening world.

Fortifications for Faithful Living: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 6

Fortifications for Faithful Living: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 6

The first letter to Timothy reads like Paul’s dispatches from the frontlines, his marching orders for the young pastor as he grapples with the labors of ministry. Timothy is being prepared for the conflict that naturally follows gospel proclamation. He is being fortified — secured, surrounded, and strengthened — with the defensive reinforcements of “sound doctrine” that he might do the same in and for the church.

Nourishment: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Nourishment: A Sermon from Psalm 119

As Psalm 119 everywhere asserts, the life of a Christian is one that feeds off the Scriptures. The common pastoral illustration is, indeed, true: you cannot gorge on meals once a week and expect to acquire all the nutrition needed to sustain a healthy life. This is equally true in relation to our spiritual diets as well. You and I were made for daily nourishment. And the good news is that the Word of God offers us an endless from which to partake.

Know What You Believe: A Sermon from 1 Peter 3

Know What You Believe: A Sermon from 1 Peter 3

Coupled with the calling for us to be ardent students of Word — that is, good theologians — we are also called to make ready defenses for the Word. We are called to be apologists. This word, of course, doesn’t mean apologizing as we have come to be familiar with the term. Hearkening back to Classical Greek, an apology was formally a “well-reasoned reply,” mostly used in argumentation and debate and scholastic thought. But don’t let this word scare you — anyone can be an apologist, as, I believe, 1 Peter 3 shows us.

A Great Storm, a Greater Calm: A Sermon from Mark 4

A Great Storm, a Greater Calm: A Sermon from Mark 4

At the end of Mark 4, Jesus commands his disciples to make a small boat ready to depart and pass over the Sea of Galilee. His intention is recoup and get rest after spending an entire day ministering and teaching the crowds. Their boat, though, is caught in a violent storm, one that threatens to doom the heavenly kingdom which has only recently been inaugurated. But this storm was no accident; it was all part of God’s plans for his followers.

Honoring the Family of God: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 5

Honoring the Family of God: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 5

The apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy primarily deals with the doctrine of God’s church. He iterates the roles they were to play in it, the message they were to proclaim, and its precedent to demonstrate that message in how they lived. In 1 Timothy 5, Paul transitions to inform Timothy of how the church was to function as the family God. This is Christianity in action.

Unknown, Unnoticed, & Unexpected: A Sermon from Mark 4

Unknown, Unnoticed, & Unexpected: A Sermon from Mark 4

From Jesus’s first moments of public ministry, he has endeavored to declare the gospel of the kingdom of God. Yet, his preference was to upset any and all prevailing notions about how this kingdom would come to be and what its founder, the Messiah, would do to establish it. The disciples are certainly confused in this moment. But Jesus speaks into their confusion by relaying two striking parables about the unexpected operation of his kingdom that was right in front of them.

#51: On Universal Objective Justification with Daniel Emery Price & Erick Sorensen

#51: On Universal Objective Justification with Daniel Emery Price & Erick Sorensen

In this edition of the Ministry Minded Podcast, I am privileged to chat with long-time friends, Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen to talk about the doctrine of universal objective justification and why it’s so important for an appropriate understanding of the gospel.