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Poetry and the Birmingham Jail

Poetic preaching filled with the romance of the biblical text has been substituted for laborious lectures fixed on the iotas of the larger story while losing the story itself. As one who speaks for a living, I ask one simple thing of other speakers: “Does the speaker draw me into the truth he is proclaiming?”(…)

Wine Tasting Prayer

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Holy God, we celebrate the conclusion of another Christmas season. We thank you for these twelve days which cannot begin to exhaust the inexhaustible gift of the Virgin Birth of the World’s Messiah. We thank you that even now the(…)

Bathing Resolutions

If these resolutions have any chance of surviving beyond January, it needs to be bathed in the sacrifice of Jesus. Jesus needs to be king over our resolutions. Our desire to do that which is good needs to be first and foremost a desire to do what is good for the kingdom. As we end(…)

What I Learned from R.C. Sproul

I recall meeting Dr. R.C. Sproul for the first time. He was sitting with his wife Vesta and a few other scholars at lunch. A friend took me there and introduced me to him. “How are you, young man?” he asked. I didn’t respond to his question. Instead, I uttered with all the courage I(…)

Advent Well

But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. -Isaiah   Advent is a time to affirm what Isaiah affirms. If we wish to reorient our desires, then remember: the Lord is our Father and we are the clay.(…)

Homily on Matthew 1:23: O, Come Immanuel

I wish to meditate just for a few moments on one text in Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew 1:23: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” This singular text carries with it the force of redemptive history. The term “Immanuel” is(…)