And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who...Continue ReadingBeware of the Scribes
Joh 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. (2) Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more...Continue ReadingWhen Abnormal Becomes “Normal”
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You...Continue ReadingThoughts on how Seminary Training can Produce Gnat Strainers and Camel Swallowers
2 Corinthians 4:2-4, “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of...Continue ReadingThe Vapory Ether of Deception
1Co 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, (10) nor thieves, nor the greedy,...Continue ReadingMaybe my Abuser is an addict – isn’t sin an addiction?
I have been thinking a lot lately about how we are often pressured, especially in the world of theology and writing and blogging, to maintain a cool professionalism that never gets torqued. A polite respectability if you will that leaves...Continue ReadingCool Academia has a Place – but not always
I am just going to quote a Scripture here. This passage pretty well nails the scenario in our churches today that most all of us have experienced and which we are trying to expose. I like the Lord’s promise of...Continue ReadingA Thought for Today from Jeremiah 5
They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we...Continue ReadingWhy Aren’t They Hearing the Good Shepherd?
1 Peter 2:1-3, So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation — if indeed you...Continue ReadingA Good Description of Real Repentance
[The following is excerpted from July 6, 2014 sermon at Christ Reformation Church. You may listen to or read the entire sermon at sermonaudio.com/crc] Faith is the means by which we overcome the world, by which we resolve to not...Continue ReadingTo Discern Good from Evil, You Must be Born Again