Five reasons to submit to government

Submission isn’t easy.  It isn’t easy for children to submit to parents.  Or students to teachers.  Or slaves to masters (or employees to employers).  Or wives to husbands.  Or church members to elders. And it’s not easy for citizens to submit to governing authorities. In 2021, it seems especially true that it is hard for […]

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Think hopefully, not wishfully

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published an article entitled, “Finding Hope When Everything Feels Hopeless.”  The thesis of the post was that people today feel hopeless and need hope.  But hope “feels increasingly elusive,” with COVID, the election, winter, and more weighing on people’s minds.  Author Elizabeth Bernstein suggests that hope “guards against anxiety […]

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God’s merciful use of sin

You are aware of the saying, “You can be anything you want to be; you can do anything you want to do, if you just try hard enough.” I am intentionally working to burst bubbles and change thinking when I say, “Bologna.”  That saying is just wrong.  Completely wrong.  And foolish.  And deceiving.  And hopeless […]

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Promises, Promises

We are used to people breaking promises.  We assume politicians — Presidents, Senators, Representatives, State legislators, city councilmen and more — will break their promises.  We know that some marriage vows being given in earnest this year will be broken in years to come.  Promises to children for vacations and days away (“Six Flags!” and […]

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God’s shocking grace

In Romans 10:20, as Paul recounts the revelation of the gospel to the Israelites, he notes that Isaiah is “very bold” when he writes what he does in Isaiah 65:1ff.  The word “very bold” has the sense of words that are daring, astounding, and even shocking.  What God says through Isaiah is unanticipated and unexpected.  […]

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When Scripture speaks

The Apostle Paul is fond of quoting from the Old Testament — particularly in the book of Romans.  In that theological treatise, the apostle quotes the Old Testament directly over 60 times.  And over half those quotations appear in three chapters — Romans 9-11. As Paul lays the foundation for God’s sovereignty in salvation in […]

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Sermon: Gospel Longings

Gospel Longings Romans 9:1-5 May 26, 2019 What makes you sad?  What makes your heart ache?  What are your greatest sorrows? We likely have similar kinds of lists of sad things: Illness of a loved family member Cancer and terminal diseases in children (I was often profoundly sad walking halls of Cooks Hosp) Broken and […]

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Sermon: God’s Great Gospel

God’s Great Gospel Romans 1-8 May 19, 2019 Today we close the book on Romans 8.  That means we are halfway through this great letter.  It means that we are transitioning to the fourth major section in the book — the sovereignty of God (chs. 9-11).  It means that we are leaving one of the […]

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Sermon: Since Christ is Resurrected…

Since Christ is Resurrected… Romans 8:33-34 April 21, 2019   Sometimes, when you are given a good gift, you don’t realize just how good that gift is: The first time someone gave us fresh eggs, I thought, “that’s nice…I like eggs…” And then I tasted them.  Wow…the difference was remarkable! When I transferred seminaries in […]

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