Forde Quote

I do love myself some Gehard Forde…

God does not come to us because we are free and responsible.  He comes all the way to us because we are not and he intends to make us so.  He comes to set us free and to give us that destiny which he himself has planned for us as his creatures.  He comes to set us free form our bondage, our illusions, dreams, and fictions, our enslavement to our own ideals, to the law.  He comes to give us the freedom to live, to bring forth life out of death.”

Gerhard Forde “Justification by Faith: A Matter of Death and Life

Martin Luther’s Christmas Day Sermon 1530

“In my sin, my death, I must take leave of all created things.  No, sun, moon, stars, all creatures, physicians, emperors, kings, wise men and potentates cannot help me.

When I die I shall see nothing but black darkness, and yet that light, “To you is born this day a Savior” [Luke 2:11], remains in my eyes and fills all of heaven and earth.

The Savior will help me when all have forsaken me…

If you can say: The Son, who is proclaimed to be a Lord and Savior; and if you can confirm the message of the angel and say yes to it and believe it in your heart, then your heart will be filled with assurance and joy and confidence, and you will not worry much about even the costliest and best that this world has to offer…

If it is true that the child was born of the virgin and is mine, then I have no angry God and I must know and feel that there is nothing but laughter and joy in the heart of the Father and no sadness in my heart.

A Sermon for Sarah

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As many of you know, last week one of my former students from St. Paul’s in Maumee, Ohio took her own life.  Below is the transcript of the sermon I gave at her funeral this morning.  I’m sharing it as a word of hope for those who are mourning the loss of Sarah this Christmas or for anyone who has suffered from the suicide of a loved one… Continue reading

Steve Brown “Don’t Waste Your Sin”

If you’ve followed this blog for any time you already know I’m a huge fan of Steve Brown.  I came across the following quote at the conclusion of his radio broadcast the other week.  It’s about sexual sin, but I think you can broaden it to include whatever it is you struggle with.  Here it is:

Don’t waste your sin.  You can waste anything in the world, but don’t waste your sin.  It’s there to send you to the one who will love you no matter, no matter what.  And that love becomes the definer that’s even greater than your lust.

For the full broadcast head over to Key Life.

Tullian Tchividjian on Contemporary Preaching

“Preachers these days are expected to major in “Christian moral renovation.”  They are expected to provide a practical to-do list, rather than announce, ‘It is finished.’  They are expected to do something other than, more than, placarding before their congregation’s eyes Christ’s finished work, preaching  a full absolution solely on the basis of the complete righteousness of Another.  The irony is, of course, that when preachers cave in to this pressure, moral renovation does not happen.  The focus on how I’m doing, more than on what Christ has done, is Christian narcissism–the poison of self-absorption which undermines the power of the gospel in our livesContinue reading

Gene Veith on Preaching

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“Whether preaching the need to conform to society, reform it, or separate from it, all these options are theologies of the Law, not Gospel.  They reduce Christianity to rules, behavior, and codes of conduct–neglecting the fact that human beings are in such bondage to sin that they cannot fulfill the Law.  More profoundly, they neglect the fact that Christianity is about God’s grace, the atonement of Christ, and the forgiveness of sins.  Put another way, in their ambitious kingdom-building, they exhibit the theology of glory, rather than the theology of the cross.”

Gene Edward Veith, Jr.  “The Spirituality of the Cross