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The Meaning of Life: A Sermon from Ecclesiastes 2, 3

The Meaning of Life: A Sermon from Ecclesiastes 2, 3

The Book of Ecclesiastes is, in my estimation, one of the more crucial books of the Bible with which to reckon. A right understanding of Solomon’s soul-searching invites one to embark upon their own such incisive quests. It does not call us to escape our broken world, but rather, to engage it — to enter into all the discomfort, discombobulation, and disaster of this fractured life and there tender grace.

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.

Hope: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Hope: A Sermon from Psalm 119

The middle of Psalm 119 might also be its midnight. David opens up to God in the 11th stanza, not pretending he is fine but honestly expressing his grief. His hope has shriveled. His heartache is bringing him to edge of faith, to his wit’s end. It’s easy to feel similarly to the psalmist. But fortunately, we are given the same source of hope in the middle of our heartache.

#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.

Doctrine & Devotion: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 4

Doctrine & Devotion: A Sermon from 1 Timothy 4

Paul’s first letter to Timothy sees the apostle instructing his young disciple in the healthy, nourishing words of “sound doctrine.” Such things Timothy was to “labor and suffer” for — to “command and teach” — to construct and conduct his entire ministry on. As Paul closes chapter 4, he gives an insightful portrait into the significance of doctrine and devotion in both the private and public life of the Christian.

Seeds, Sinners, & Saints: A Sermon from Mark 4

Seeds, Sinners, & Saints: A Sermon from Mark 4

The Gospel of Mark is a “no holds barred” sort of Gospel. Its matter-of-fact presentation of Jesus’s actions confront all of our preconceived notions as to what the promised Messiah is supposed to come and do and say. Whereas many fancied the Messiah sauntering into Rome on horseback with sword drawn, instead, he is sitting and dining with outcasts and sinners. Jesus continues his trend towards unexpectedness in Mark 4, as he relays the hallmark parable in all of his teachings.

Longevity: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Longevity: A Sermon from Psalm 119

In Psalm 119, the Christian is afforded with boundless encouragement. It relays to us the unceasing relevance of God’s Word through some of the most earnest, honest, human prayers in life’s intensest moments. The truths throughout the Psalms, but especially those of the 119th chapter, are what we cling to as the church. They are our unwavering, unfading confession.

The Value of Suffering: A Sermon from Psalm 13

The Value of Suffering: A Sermon from Psalm 13

Seasons of great grief and harrowing loss often make me recognize the relative “cheapness” of my profession. The most basic function of a pastor, at the human level, is to put together words in order to comfort or convict. But in times of abject loss, grief, despair,  and suffering, words can often feel cheap — wholly deficient at addressing life’s emotional turmoil. What do we do, then, with this grief? David’s cry in Psalm 13 shows us how we can respond.

Goodness: A Sermon from Psalm 119

Goodness: A Sermon from Psalm 119

We are often only able to gain clarity as to why certain events happen after they occur. “Hindsight is 20/20,” so the saying goes. This is often true in our spiritual lives, too. We are only able to apprehend what God is doing in our lives after it is all done (if at all). But notwithstanding what we are brought through, the other side of every significant moment in our lives will always reveal one thing: God is good. Such is what David contemplates in the 9th stanza of Psalm 119.