166 times the Bible calls us to Remember. A number that tells a story about forgetfulness, mine and yours. Remembrance is central to why we gather as believers, read and hear the Bible, baptize and participate in the Lord’s Supper. Our memories need to be jogged, our hearts riveted again and again and our faith fed […]

Dead Men Don’t Change People

The resurrection of Christ was the prelude to his ascension. The same Jesus that lived on this earth in bodily form was raised from the grave. This same embodied God-man was taken up into heaven before many eyewitnesses (Acts 1:11). Scripture teaches many things about the current activity of Jesus. He is alive, well, and  seated […]

Gospel and Flood

What does the gospel have to do with the flood? It does not seem like the language of “good news” and world devastation should appear in the same sentence. In the book of 1 Peter, we have a gospel-centered perspective on the flood narrative. “…God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was […]

God’s Toolbox is His Mouth

From nothing God creates. This is the affirmation of creation ex nihlo (out of nothing). With no raw materials he brings forth something. From his powerful word springs forth that which he speaks. His word does what it says. This is an important aspect of God’s work in both creation and salvation. It is a truth […]

The Faith of Jesus in the Resurrection

This easter season I spent a lot of time meditating on the resurrection account given by Peter in his  first sermon that is recorded for us in the book of Acts. Here is the passage. “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and […]

The Sign of Jonah

I love the book of Jonah. I resonate with the fractured obedience of the missionary prophet. I am grateful for the theme of God’s relentless pursuit of sinful Gentiles. I find great comfort in the absolute sovereignty of God over all things, whether they be worms, whales, or wills. I love the impossibility of the […]

Jesus, the Whole and Complete Savior

The plan of salvation was an eternal purpose in the mind and heart of the Triune God prior to the creation of the earth. The work of salvation was prefigured and promised throughout the Old Testament. The work of salvation is accomplished through the whole work of the Lord Jesus through the Spirit and in […]