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The K2 of Scripture

For the past few weeks we have been looking at Romans 6-7, setting the table for the feast we are about to have on Romans 8. We will spend the next 4 Sundays on Romans 8 which has to be one of the high water marks of living the Christian life. What is the basis of Christian hope? Why do I struggle yet am dead to Sin? These and other significant questions will be addressed...Read More

Struggle Reframed: Flesh vs. Spirit

In Romans 8:1-11 Paul describes life in the Spirit and describes a different kind of struggle. A struggle nonetheless, but a struggle for those who are no longer condemned (8:1) because they are no longer bound by the “law of sin and death”—"the struggle of those who are now set free by “the law of the Spirit of life” (8:2)...Read More

Community and Providence

I had a chance encounter this week that speaks to the power of community and to the ways in which God can show up in ordinary moments. During our Dinners for 9 meal on Sunday, I had the pleasure to meet Jeff and Melissa Johnson. I didn’t know the Johnsons before Sunday, even though they only lived a few blocks away. But we got to know them over dinner, enjoying the brisket and ribs Jeff had smoked in his Big Green Egg...Read More

Deliverance from Disordered Desires

It can be immensely frustrating being a Christian. Having encountered the transforming love of God in Jesus Christ it can be disconcerting to find ourselves continually slipping into old ways of living. Whether our conversion was a dramatic experience or a slow growth in faithfulness, it is not uncommon to find that having come to Christ, we are now at odds with ourselves...Read More

New Sexual Revolution Coming Soon

Wow. That probably got your attention. Hope so. Over the next few weeks, as we give messages on St. Paul's exposition of new life in faith and baptism, we will continue to look at chapters 6-8 of Romans. What does it mean to be human? How do we understand our bodies as our presence to history?...Read More

Fruitfulness - The Third Thing

Have you ever been in or known someone in a truly dysfunctional relationship? Such relationships can be distorting and disorienting, bending the world in on itself so that the reality of the relationship becomes the only reality there is. Such relationships can be coercive and abusive, leading to the diminishment of the self. In Romans, Paul sees our relationship with sin in such terms...Read More

Feeling Tired?

Are you feeling worn out? Does life seem like a never ending series of deadlines or a race with no finish line? Are you getting just a little bit weary of it all? I have to confess the last couple of years have felt that way for me. Balancing marriage, young kids, work, and graduate school has left me more often than not waking up tired in the morning and going to sleep at night exhausted. I know I’m not alone in that...Read More

Christian Freedom

Freedom. What a great word describing all that we as a country fought and live for. Political freedom, tax freedom, religious freedom, freedom of speech, etc. these are just some of the freedoms we talk about often. But, there is another kind of freedom, and I invite you to join us this Sunday and the next several Sundays to look at the freedom Christ won for us...Read More

The Unwavering Faith of Abraham

For Paul, James, the writer of Hebrews, and even Jesus, Abraham is an exemplar of faith. Indeed, Paul calls him the father of all who have faith. This is an amazing legacy, but when we read Abraham’s story in Genesis, and when we encounter him in the midst of his everyday, I don’t imagine that Abraham often felt like he was an exemplar of faith...Read More

What is Hope?

For the Christian, hope is based on the work of Christ in my life. In our culture, hope is a wish in an uncertain situation. For the believer, hope is the waiting for the full outworking of the presence of God in my life that began with conversion. There are specific criteria, a foundation...Read More