Around the Table with God

Jesus is God in the flesh. He reveals the heart, nature and intentions of God. When you read the gospel narratives through this lens everything changes. Read Mark 2:15-17 from this angle. “Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were […]

Indwelling in 2 Timothy: Gospel Faithfulness

2 Timothy 1:4 states the following, “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” Paul’s letter to Timothy is concerned with doctrinal fidelity and gospel centrality in the pastoral context. Paul practices what he preaches as he passes on what he has learned to faithful men (2 Tim […]

Luther: Meditating on the Cross

Luther loved to preach on the benefits of the sacrifice of Christ. If you read through his sermons you will quickly find that he consistently pressed the gospel into the hearts of his hearers. In a sermon on the cross he states this about the value of meditating on the work of Christ. “Whoever meditates […]

The Gospel and Sex

I was doing some research for a project on the topic of marriage. The project required some work on a theology of sex within the confines of marriage. As I researched, I came across this quote by Tim Keller which spurred me on to read more from him on the issue. The ecstasy and joy […]

Nevertheless

Many psalms encapsulate a journey. Psalm 73 charts a path through some difficult terrain. The psalmist travels into the pit of doubt and despair as he observes the prosperity of those who want nothing to do with God. He then claws his way out of the pit and crawls into the sanctuary. His encounter with […]

The Gospel and Humor

What does the gospel have to do with humor. Tim Keller gives an insightful answer to this question in an article titled: The Gospel and Humor. Here is a portion of this article. “Does the gospel have an effect on our sense of humor?” The answer has to be yes—but why and how? Your humor has […]

Gospel and Vocation

Like any other doctrine, vocation must be brought into dialogue with the gospel to grasp its depths and beauty. I have chosen only a few conversation points between them. I want to look at vocation through a Trinitarian lens, gospel shaped vocation, and gospel need in vocation. The Vocation of the Triune God When we […]

Gospel and Ground

All themes in the Bible connect to the gospel. Since the last few posts have been on the ground, it is worth asking the question: how does the ground relate to the gospel? The gospel is the good news of God becoming man, dying our death, and conquering the grave—all to rescue us from the […]