Gospel Strength

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” In one sentence Paul pulls back the curtain on the link between strength and the gospel (2 Tim 2:1). What can we learn from Paul’s words to Timothy? The source of strength in this text is grace. Paul affirms here that the journey […]

Gospel & Beauty: A Cruciform Majesty

“He has transferred unto himself the filth of my sins, and communicated unto me his purity, and made me a partaker of his beauty.” Gregory of Nyssa The cross turns the world upside down. Power is weakness, wisdom is foolishness, greatness is service, humility is glory—this is the logic of Calvary. You cannot speak of […]

A Biblical Framework for Encouragement: Church

The presence of the church in the world is intended to be a tremendous source of encouragement. It is for encouragement that we gather and it is encouragement that we are called to bring to the world. The book of Hebrews tells us that encouragement is an important means of safeguarding one another and developing perseverance […]

Divine Deliberation and the Creation of Man

Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’” Luther’s Commentary “Moses is here celebrating the formation of man as having been wrought by a peculiar design and contrivance of the mind of God; my own opinion is that all the other animals of the earth stood forth created in a […]

God said, God made, God saw

Genesis 1:20-21 “And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’ So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And […]

The Trout’s Sermon

Genesis 1:20 “And God said, ‘Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.’” Luther’s Commentary “Here again is a further proof of the divine authority and majesty of this book, in that it sets before us under such various forms that […]

Seeds, Plants, Trees, and the Love of God

Genesis 1:11 “And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.” Luther’s Commentary “This peculiar care of God over us and for us even before we were created, may be contemplated rightly […]