“Where is the Wisdom We Have Lost in Knowledge?”

Recently I heard that many ministers – established and (by most any standard) successful ministers – have decided to shorten their sermons. They want to shorten them for one reason: their congregations struggle to stay focused for as long as they used to be able. From any number of directions we are receiving warnings that the more […]

Christians in a LOST Culture

[SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the full television series LOST, this blog post will spoil a lot of details for you.]   A little over two weeks ago LOST concluded its run on television with a much-celebrated series finale. The show, as most everyone knows, was full of mystery; and the finale promised to wrap […]

Understanding God’s Plan: A Sketch of Covenant Theology, Part 7

Part 6: Covenantal Shape of Redemptive History (Continued) The redemptive history which we have sketched in the previous posts explains the covenantal structure of God’s relationship with humanity – first in the covenant based on works, then in the covenant based on grace revealed through a series of unfolding covenantal administration. However, the climax of the […]

Covenantal Shape of Redemptive History, Part 6

    There is None Good but God Alone There is none good but God alone. Not one of us is righteous. We spurned God’s Way and sought our own, and so have become worthless. What hope, then, can we see? Christ Jesus: only He the path of life has trod, to love both man […]

“Spiritual,” Not “Religious”: The Comedic View

  On April 27, Jimmy Fallon opened his show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with (among others) the following joke: “I read that 72% of 18 to 29 year-olds consider themselves more 'spiritual' than 'religious'…or in simpler terms, ‘way too hung over to make it to church’.”   With a young adult demographic, Fallon got […]

Gospel Leadership in the Workplace

Lyrics by: William Cowper  Music by: Justin Ruddy   Where is the blessedness I knew, When first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul refreshing view Of Jesus and His Word?   What peaceful hours I once enjoyed! How sweet their memory still! But they have left an aching void The world can never […]

Counting of the Costs of Place

Recently the Boston Globe reported on the cost of suburban living in Eric Moskowitz’s piece “Travel Swells Cost of Housing.” In the article, Moskowitz cites a study completed by the Urban Land Institute (also available on-line) about the hidden costs of living in the suburbs. While many believe that moving to suburban environs saves them money by […]

Covenantal Shape of Redemptive History, Part 5

Continued from Part I   A Theology shaped by the Kingdom   The concept of the kingdom of God, along with its derivative forms, “the kingdom of heaven,” “the kingdom of Christ,” “the kingdom of the Lord,” “the kingdom,” and “ruler, king or kingship” etc., is an important teaching found in all of Scripture. Since the […]

‘Up in the Air’

An Aerial View of Life & the Calling of the Church The other day I finally got around to watching Jason Reitman’s film Up in the Air. (I know I should have seen it six months ago.) As many of you will know, it got the round of award nominations for most of the major performances, screenplay, […]

Covenantal Shape of Redemptive History, Part 4

Words by: Robert Lowry Music arranged by: Citylife Music   What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus; What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.   Chorus Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow; No other fount I know, Nothing but the […]