The Effects of Leaven

Galatians 5:7–9, “You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion is not from him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.” Returning again to the topic of circumcision (Gal. 5:1–12) might seem to be a strange way for...

The Importance of Encouragement in the Christian Life

On today's episode, a listener writes in today and asks, “Can you please help me to learn about the importance of encouragement and confronting Satan's lies in my Christian life?" What you’ll hear in this episode The importance...

What Really Counts

Galatians 5:5–6, “5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” One modern commentator has suggested...

Four Practical Ways to Connect with the Older Generation in Your Church

Growing up, I remember my grandmother would take my cousin and me to the nursing home weekly to visit our great-grandmother. We would see other members of the nursing home community as we walked in. They had the biggest smiles, and they didn’t mind accepting a hug. My...

O Sweetest Exchange in Christ Alone

Galatians 5:2-4,“Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified...

Emblems of the Infinite King by J. Ryan Lister

From time to time, I enjoy a good children’s book. There’s something about taking a break from my usual theologically robust reading schedule and immersing myself into a book designed to inspire and educate kids. J. Ryan Lister’s book is targeted to pre-teens and...

The Yoke that Gives Us Freedom

Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Freedom is certainly a relevant word in our time. It evokes images of armed soldiers fighting with valor and a flag. Or perhaps of people marching...

Get Ready for Preaching through the Incarnation and the Second Coming

The glory of “God with us” shines brightest when lit beneath the things most seemingly God-abandoned. That is why I love Advent. Advent has the power to turn over the inconceivable to discover the unimaginable. I especially love preaching Advent. No literary work...

Living Next Door to Urkel

My family, along with our missional community, has been devoted to being good neighbors in this overlooked neighborhood for the past three years. We’ve walked the streets, played with children on the playground, welcomed people to eat meals with us in the park, served...

Fighting Pastoral Covetousness with Contentment in Christ

There’s something in us that discounts our current circumstances: our lives, our location, our role, our life. We look at others and want more. It’s sin, of course, a direct violation of the tenth word: You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet...

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