Standing as Priests

Last Sunday, I preached about Paul’s fourfold command to stand in Ephesians 6:10-14. In that sermon, I presented three large implications for standing firm against the schemes of the devil and for withstanding the cosmic powers over this present darkness. Within the second of those points, I cited Hebrews 10:11-14, which presents pointed contrast between …

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Stop Meditating on Headlines & Start Meditating on Jesus

This past Sunday I preached from Ephesians 4:17-24 where Paul exhorts us to cling to Christ and the truth that is in Him by putting off our old selves, renewing our minds, and putting on our new selves, which are made in Jesus’ image. The apostle says roughly the same thing in a few other …

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Did the Incarnation Change God?

While writing about the immutability of God, I entirely intended to address this question: Does Jesus becoming man mean that God changed, that He became mutable? My word count limit, however, came a lot faster than I realized, so I have decided to write a follow-up article addressing this question. Although my answer is a …

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These People: the big harm of “small” sins

The overall tone of Haggai 1:2-11 is communicated via the first two words of God’s message: these people. They imply strain, tension, a fractured relationship. If the LORD so desired, He could have called them my people, as He often does through the Scriptures. Yet He distanced Himself instead, calling them these people. It reminds …

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Loving God & Neighbor Through the Fourth Commandment

Theologians have often divided the Ten Commandments into two tables, one pertaining to the love of God and the other describing how to love neighbor. The most traditional division is between the Fourth and Fifth Commandments, for fairly obvious reasons. The Fourth Commandment requires the remembering and keeping of the Sabbath day holy, while the …

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When Technology Replaces the Holy Spirit

Leaving pieces behind, in my opinion, is the most difficult aspect of sermon preparation. Yet for the sake of clarity and precision, some must be left on the cutting room floor. The following is one of those. While preparing to preach on the incarnation, I wanted to show how God becoming flesh proves that our …

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