The problem with a personalized, curated faith

The problem with a personalized, curated faith

One of the defining characteristics of our age is the vast opportunities for personalization. You can go to Burger King and “Have it Your Way.” Spotify will curate music just for you. Netflix will do the same with movies and shows, Amazon with books (or anything “from...

For our benefit and our boasting

so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”1...

How (not) to use worldly wisdom

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:20b-21) This past Sunday, our sermon text...

When others don’t deserve our love

This past week’s sermon was from 1 Corinthians 1:4-9, where Paul genuinely gives thanks to God for the Corinthian church, one of the more dysfunctional, immature churches in history (you can listen to it on our website or Apple Podcasts). I said that this is not just...

The unexpected answer

One of the fascinating things about the book of Ecclesiastes is that the final “answer” at the end of the book seems to have very little relevance to the questions and issues being discussed in the book. But it seems that there is a significant lesson in this....

Sin disarmed

What is to be a Christian’s attitude towards sin? While most would agree that becoming a Christian involves an acknowledgement of and change in attitude towards sin (called repentance), there is less agreement about a Christian’s disposition towards sin as they...

The unexpected road to joy

Ecclesiastes takes us on a quest to figure out the key to life: What is life about? What are we doing here? Where can satisfaction be found? And one of the conclusions of the book is that mankind cannot figure out the key to life! It is a quest we are all on, and yet...

State of the church 2022

I used to do a “state of the church address” each January. I haven’t been as consistent with these recently, but wanted to share some reflections on the church as we enter a new year, especially given the unique challenges of the past two years. To make it simple,...

God’s providence and human responsibility

In light of last week’s sermon on God’s providence (from Ecclesiastes 3:1-15), I’ve written a couple of blog posts this week unpacking this massive and important topic. In the first, I argued that the claim that God is providentially working, ordaining, bringing about...