Romans 5:8. Christ Died For Us
  • The Love of Christ

    “Forgiven much, you will love much; loving much, you will live to the service of Him whom you love. This is the grand master-principle of which we spoke; this is the secret spring of all the holiness of the saints.

    The life of holiness is not what the world falsely represents it, a life of preciseness and painfulness, in which a man crosses every affection of his nature. …

    We are constrained to holiness by the love of Christ; the love of Him who loved us, is the only cord by which we are bound to the service of God. The scourge of our affections is the only scourge that drives us to duty. Sweet bands and gentle scourges! Who would not be under their power?”

    -Robert Murray McCheyne

Bob Dylan, "Shadows in the Night"

Shadows in the Night

Shadows in the Night, Bob Dylan, Columbia, 2015 Buy CD or MP3 Shadows in the Night is Bob Dylan’s 36th studio album, and consists of ten covers of Tin Pan Alley standards that were popularized by Frank Sinatra. The emotive orchestra and Sinatra’s silky crooning are gone, but the weeping pedal steel and Dylan’s sandpaper vocals embody … Continue reading

Islam vs. Christianity

Islam and Christianity, = or ≠?

At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Obama denounced the barbaric acts of terror perpetrated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In this context, he warned against blaming Islam and Muslims in general: “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that … Continue reading

Arabic Nun

Islamic Terror and Islamophobia

As the atrocities perpetrated by radical Islamists mount, we see two extreme reactions. Those numbed by political correctness insist that Islamic terrorism has nothing to do with Islam; those blinded by Islamophobia insist that Islamic terrorism has everything to do with Islam. Neither is right. Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, and ISIS are products of Wahhabism and Salafism, … Continue reading

The System and the Human Heart

I have written previously about How to Eradicate Racism and Racial Profiling, but recent events call for further reflection. This week, a Staten Island grand jury voted not to indict New York City Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used an illegal chokehold to restrain Eric Garner and inadvertently killed him. Pantaleo was white; Garner was black. This ruling comes … Continue reading

Thanksgiving

Rejoicing and Thanksgiving

The sermon I preached at Crossway Church (Franklin, MA) on November 9th, 2014. “Rejoice, always, in the Lord who is near.” LISTEN Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and … Continue reading

broken-promise

The Failed Promises of God

Many Christians live with a lingering sense that God has failed them. In particular, they look to God’s promises in the book of Proverbs and wonder why God did not fulfill His end of the bargain. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart … Continue reading

New Life

New Life in Christ

The sermon I preached at King of Grace Church (Haverhill, MA) on August 3rd, 2014. “Live in keeping with your new identity in Christ.” LISTEN Ephesians 3:17-32 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their … Continue reading

Saved by Grace 1

Saved by Grace

The sermon I preached at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville (Louisville, KY) on June 1st, 2014. “God saves helpless sinners to display His sovereign grace.” LISTEN Ephesians 2:1-10 1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want to

It’s my birthday today. Perhaps I should be embarrassed about this, but there’s a song that always come to mind on my birthdays, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to…” It’s Lesley Gore’s iconic song “It’s My Party.” It captures the individualism and self-centeredness of our culture. “It’s my birthday, so I should … Continue reading

digital bible reading

Does Digital Bible Reading Make Us Biblically Illiterate and Spiritually Immature?

The changing medium From the stone slabs used by Moses (Ex. 24:12; 31:18), to the various wooden, clay, or metal tablets used by the prophets (Is. 8:1; 30:8; Hab. 2:2; cf. Ezek. 27:5), to papyri scrolls (Jer. 36:2; Ezra 6:2; Ps. 40:7), to parchment codices, and finally, to paper books, the Word of God has … Continue reading

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