First Glance: Luke 3:15-22

But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch, because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.” (Luke 3:19-20 John the Baptist was never known for being subtle. Or gentle. Or tactful for that matter.…

Sermon: Repentance

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, December 13, 2015] This Advent, we are listening together to the message of John, son of Zechariah, better known as John the Baptist. Each of the four gospels begin with John – the message and the mission of the man crying out in the wilderness. Only after we…

First Glance: Luke 3:1-14

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Taconites, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilee – during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of the Lord came to John son of Zechariah in…

Review: Bavinck on the Christian Life

John Bolt, Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service. Crossway, 2015. Herman Bavinck has greater influence than name recognition. At the turn of the twentieth century, he worked tirelessly with Dutch prime minister and theologian Abraham Kuyper to shape the movement of Neo-Calvinism. His writings have influenced more recognizable theologians such as…

First Glance: Judges 11

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.” (Judges 11:30-31) The more troubling the…

Beauty in Lines

 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;     your works are wonderful,     I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14) When I first noticed them I was mortified. What in the world was happening to my skin? It used to be so nice and smooth. Why were these crevices appearing? Did I do something wrong?…