Blessed are the First Responders

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9) At just after nine AM on Monday morning, my fire pager went off. Ambulance needed. The dispatcher listed an address about 100 feet from our door. A woman is not breathing. In the year I have been on the local fire department,…

First Glance: Matthew 16:13-28

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13) Imagine with me for a moment that you are one of Jesus’ disciples. You spent your life growing up in one of the most religious areas of the country, and have spent…

First Glance: 2 John

Many deceivers who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John 7) Growing up, I had always been taught to envision the Antichrist as a proper noun. It was capitalized for a reason. A large, scary,…

Review: The Preacher as Liturgical Artist

Trygve David Johnson, The Preacher as Liturgical Artist: Metaphor, Identity, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ. (Cascade Books; Eugene, OR), 2014. P.T Forsyth once claimed that “with its preaching Christianity stands or falls.” In an age where many bemoan the effectiveness of preaching and lament the fall of Christianity in the West, Trygve Johnson, Dean of…

First Glance: Psalm 130

“Out of the depths, I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.” (Psalm 130:1) While ‘First Glance’ is usually the place where we briefly reflect on the bible passage for the upcoming week, I thought we’d do something a little different this week. Psalm 130 is a fantastic and deep psalm, but also…