‘It’s a New Day’ – Easter Sermon Notes

Our Easter sermon is available on audio. But I thought I would add some links, additional resources, and quotes to accompany it. The Resurrection Icon, called “The Harrowing of Hades” has many variations but with common elements. Here is a 1 minute video explanation from an icon website. The ancient hymn that goes with it: […]

Two responses to ‘Noah’

For those who have seen the movie and wonder if it’s worth it, here are 2 articles that go into some analysis I find helpful. Church and Culture author James Emory White follows his first positive review (noted within the post) with one called: The Three Biggest Questions People Have After Seeing “Noah.” Wesley Hill, […]

Making Sense of Suffering?

On vacation, I was getting ready to add some resources to the sermon on the Tough Questions of ‘Suffering’ when the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy hit the news. The question sadly rages again as we groan and weep and pray. Here are some important resources from the viewpoint of our Christian worldview: Some books I often recommend: Philip Yancey […]

A Prayer to pray for 40 days (and beyond)

The “Lenten Prayer of Ephrem the Syrian” has become part of my regular prayer life. As I have done several times in the past – I “commend” it to you for your prayer (and repentance). The wording of the prayer is my latest version from much reading on the history of the prayer.  The commentary […]

‘Love with skin on’ – Athanasius ‘On the Incarnation’

On the Incarnation of the Word was highly recommended by Christian apologist, C.S. Lewis, who in his great introduction suggested that contemporary Christian audiences could benefit from reading more ancient classics. Though Athanasius of Alexandria wrote this text in the 4th century, his writing is easy to follow and powerfully persuasive. It has been called one of […]

Are you ‘Plugged in?’

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches…apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) We were created and redeemed to be connected to God, to God’s people, and to be fruitful in God’s mission in the world. Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit who would through his new community […]