We’ve Talked to Jesus in an Inside Voice and He’s Going to Be Nice Now

We think we’ve got Jesus figured out today. We read about him turning tables in the Scriptures. But now he’s nice. Now he’s calm. Now he sits by himself, drinking tea, interrupting his repose to grant us whatever we want. He doesn’t ask us to change, and he doesn’t want us to do any heavy [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards: The Infinite Highness and Condescension of Christ

One of three favorite sermons of Jonathan Edwards is “The Excellency of Christ.”  If you have not read the sermon, print it out and read it over the course of two weeks in your devotional time or your lunch hour.  You won’t be the same afterwards.  Jonathan Edwards was brilliant, but he was primarily a [Read More...]

The New Yorker on Jesus Christ: Messiah as “Dharma Bum” and Crucified Apocalyptist

Adam Gopnik, writer of renown at The New Yorker, has just penned one of the more engrossing cultural pieces on the person and mystery of Jesus Christ that I personally have seen in a good long while.  Entitled “What Did Jesus Do?”, it is rich, rewarding, frustrating, deeply erroneous and a must-read for those who [Read More...]

Johnny Cash’s Vision: The Majestic Son of God

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.  He is [Read More...]

A Merry “Son of David” Christmas

It’s been quiet around these parts for some time.  Just wanted to pop back on here and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.   Side note: have you thought much about how the Gospels of Matthew and Luke use “Son of David” language in reference to Christ?  I had not previous to this Christmas (like so [Read More...]

The Resurrection as God’s Vindication of the Crucified Messiah

This is a helpful comment for understanding the significance of the resurrection, especially as it relates to the atonement: [T]he Gospels…all agree that when the question was put to Jesus, “Are you the Messiah?” he did not deny it.  It is in the context of those last days in Jerusalem that the royal title emerges [Read More...]

ETS Live-Blog: Bruce Ware’s 2009 Presidential Address

I am live-blogging the 2009 Evangelical Theological Society Presidential Address by Dr. Bruce Ware, professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).  Dr. Ware’s message, entitled “The Man Christ Jesus,” looks to be customarily rich and insightful. It is an honor to attend this address in New Orleans and to share [Read More...]

How Box Office Superheroes Reveal American Spiritual Beliefs

All those box office superheroes wouldn’t seem to have a strong connection to American spirituality, would they? Aren’t those silly movies simply the big-screen realization of the adolescent fantasies of adult men? Well, maybe they are. But as a Vanity Fair blog (not linked due to content) recently suggested, perhaps there’s more of a spiritual [Read More...]

The Week-est Link, August 1, 2008

1. Have you heard about the Henry Center’s CCI essay series for college students? If not, you should check it out, and pass on a few essays to some thoughtful students that you know. 2. As one who loves studying urban churches, and who loves to see urban churches with a vision for the city, [Read More...]

Contemplate Heaven with Me for a Minute: Edward’s “Heaven Is a World of Love”, Pt. 1

This sermon is an absolute masterpiece. Unfortunately, most Christians have not and never will encounter it. I encourage you to read this section and to check out the sermon. You’ll see why if you read it. The Reality of God’s Unending Love for His People–“As the saints will love God with an inconceivable ardency of [Read More...]


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