The church’s next move in the current crisis

The church’s next move in the current crisis

Read this in 3 mins The kind of difference I’m talking about is not marked primarily by vestments, by latin words and phrases, or by a churchly calendar. It is, instead, a difference marked by an experiential encounter with the grace and glory of God–J. C. Ryle refers to it as a “habitual communion”–that produces a change far deeper than ecclesial practices. It creates the willingness to lose our lives for the glory of God and for the sake of the world.

Beware the lie

Beware the lie

Read this in 1 min I picked up a collection of the late John Webster’s sermons published by Lexham Press under the title Confronted by Grace (2015). The first sermon in the collection, entitled “The Lie of Self-Sufficiency,” is a Holy Week sermon on Matthew 21. It’s a powerful meditation. One section captured my imagination and quickened my heart:   At the …

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We have forgotten how to make critical distinctions

We have forgotten how to make critical distinctions

Read this in 3 mins That little work “okay” carried with it the (modern) human impulse to make a conversation partner feel better about himself and avoid the perception of a negative judgment. Here’s the thing though, “okay” also carries with it the possibility of cheap grace and shrouds a relatively clear scenario in an unnecessary moral opacity.

A minute in advance…

A minute in advance…

Read this in 1 min I’m back in Chicago after ten days of conferences in Denver. The trip was long and challenging, mostly because it was so long. The good news is that it was a wonderful success! The principle that drove our planning and execution of these two exhibitions was a minute of preparation in advance is worth an …

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