All tagged Upside-Down

The Economics of the Incarnation

I don’t like the axiom, “Remember the reason for season.” Christians like to brandish this phrase on all manner of social media posts as they opine a society that has seemingly forgotten what Christmas is all about. The commercialization of Christmas has superseded the meaning of the season.

Eternity in a Feeding Trough

The drum of Scripture continually beats a theme that, unless consciously and carefully observed, will go largely unnoticed. Some portions of the inspired Word speak to this theme louder than others. Others require a vigilant reading between-the-lines interpretation to decipher what the Lord’s telling us.

Gospel Upside-Downness

Have you ever really thought about how crazy your salvation is? You may have never thought of it in those terms, but truly, your redemption and rescue from eternal damnation is a jarring truth, one that should spawn tears of joy and shouts of praise.

Ascension by Descension

We Christians are a forgetful bunch. We’re often confused and discombobulated. We so desperately want our goodness and virtue to account for something we’ve misrepresented the entire course of the Christian life — we’ve deemed our pious performance to be of greater weight, importance, and significance than the performing Person.

A Watched Pot Never Boils

I like how one Dutch Reformed theologian put it: “The good seed cannot flourish when it is repeatedly dug up for the purpose of examining its growth.” Or, as the saying goes, “A watched pot never boils.”

Turning Our World Upside Down: A Sermon from Acts 17

The Book of Acts is an intricate historical retelling of the first events which shaped the church as we know it today. The apostles’ ministerial efforts and sacrifices for the gospel are laid out in unprecedented detail, encouraging the church today to continue its stand for the truth of Christ alone — to continue turning the world upside-down with the message of grace.

Turning Our World Upside-Down

Have you ever really thought about how crazy your salvation is? You may have never thought of it in those terms, but truly, your redemption and rescue from eternal damnation is a jarring truth, one that should spawn tears of joy and shouts of praise. It’s baffling that such a salvation is proffered for those who are bona fide criminals.

The Backwards Reality of Christian Growth

Growing up in church and having Sunday School be apart of your molecular composition, as it were, there are certain stories that stand out from among the others, especially if you’re a young boy. As a budding male specimen, certain themes and details appeal to you more than others as the teacher trudges his way through Old Testament accounts, most notably, the “action scenes.”

A Cavernous Gospel

So much of what we know and think about the Christian life is, frankly, wrong. We’ve grown up too ingratiated and too inundated by the performance-driven society in which we live, that it’s hard — nigh impossible — for us to escape its mighty grip.