The God Who Justifies the Ungodly

Romans 4 is an explosive passage of Scripture. It oozes good news. Romans 3 paints a bleak picture for us all. Paul tells us we are all rushing forward to one inescapable moment—-the day we stand before our Creator face to face. A day “appointed” according to the writer of Hebrews. A day of accountability for […]

Made for Others

God did not fashion us with the ability to see ourselves. Eyes were made to see the world and the “others” around us. Created to look outside of ourselves, it is no surprise that freedom, joy and purpose align when “others” are the focus. Genesis 1-2 reveals humanity looking up to the Creator and outward […]

Falling Upward and Doing Nothing

Gerhard Forde was a Lutheran theologian that taught as a seminary professor for 40 years. He wrote some very insightful material on the doctrine of justification and the theology of the cross. He was a strong proponent of the radical grace of the gospel. He understood the original sin to be a an upward lunge […]

Immanuel: God With Us In Our Sin

Names mean something. This was especially true in the world of Christ. Names were carefully chosen and would often set the trajectory of a child’s life. In the Matthew narrative we learn that the naming of Jesus was no different. The text says that Mary and Joseph received divine guidance regarding what they would call Jesus. […]

Select Quotes from G.K. Chesterton

The following quotations are taken from an article on G.K. Chesterton written by Relevant Magazine. The assortment is a good snapshot of his wit and creativity. The Nature of God “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” – Introduction to The Book of Job. Creativity “Poets do not go mad; […]

Gems from the Screwtape Letters

C.S. Lewis wrote a famous book titled The Screwtape Letters. The plot line is that of a senior demon instructing his nephew (Wormwood) on how to tempt and undermine the faith of the Christian man to whom he has been assigned. If you have not read the book, I recommend it. Here are a few great excerpts. […]

The Lord’s Supper: Broken Bread for Broken People

In the gospel of Matthew the story of the Last Supper is sandwiched by two narratives of betrayal. The text that precedes the Last Supper is the story of Judas selling out Jesus (Matt 26:14-25). The text that follows portrays the certainty that all the disciples will fall away and betray Jesus (Matt 26:30-35). It is striking that […]