Why worship without justice dishonors God (Isaiah 1:10-20)

Isaiah 1:10-20 is a sobering prophetic passage in which God reams out the Israelites for thinking that they can honor Him while mistreating the most vulnerable of His people. We play the same game the ancient Israelites did. So many Christians today abstract their vertical relationship with God from their horizontal relationships with their neighbors and even pit the vertical against the horizontal. This is why I'm very suspicious of people who make a big fuss over glorifying God in the abstract … [Read more...]

Occupy the manger #8: A season of peace?

Yesterday, I had to do the devotional for our church staff meeting so I chose Isaiah 9:2-7 which is the Old Testament reading for this final week before Christmas. This is the passage that describes Jesus as the "prince of peace." We pondered together what it means to understand peace as the agenda for Christmas. … [Read more...]

Alien or Alienating? Monster-Psalm Meditation # 3

The first two sections of Psalm 119 described the psalmist's love for God's law and meditation on the question of "how young people can keep their way pure." In this third section, we encounter conflict for the first time. The psalmist describes being persecuted and alienated and calls upon God for deliverance. Much hinges on how we understand the nature of this alienation. … [Read more...]

God's Justice vs. Human Justice

Sermon for 8/11/2010 Texts: Matthew 18:21-35; Isaiah 1:10-20My wife Cheryl and I have a conversation that occurs about once a year. It happens whenever I open one of those thank you cards from the K-LOVE Christian radio network for a donation that I didn't know about. "Honey,I thought I decided last year that we weren't going to give any more money to those people. The lyrics are shallow, the theology is wrong, every song has the same three chords, and all the male vocalists are still trying … [Read more...]

God’s Justice vs. Human Justice

Sermon for 8/11/2010 Texts: Matthew 18:21-35; Isaiah 1:10-20My wife Cheryl and I have a conversation that occurs about once a year. It happens whenever I open one of those thank you cards from the K-LOVE Christian radio network for a donation that I didn't know about. "Honey,I thought I decided last year that we weren't going to give any more money to those people. The lyrics are shallow, the theology is wrong, every song has the same three chords, and all the male vocalists are still trying … [Read more...]


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