Why don’t Christians continue to sin?

Why don’t Christians continue to sin? Because they’ve been baptized! Perhaps that’s not quite the answer you were expecting, but it’s what Paul says in Romans 6:1-4:  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we...

Baptism vs. Shame

There’s a curious incident in the book of Joshua where the nation of Israel finally enters the Promised Land, but before they go anywhere, they camp for several days while all the men are circumcised (ch5). The story ends with God saying to Joshua: “Today I have...

Hogan’s Bridge and Romans 12

“Hogan’s Bridge,” the 12th hole at Augusta National Golf Club, is one of the most photographed landmarks on any golf course in the world. It’s also one of the most difficult par 3s in tournament golf. People love the image, but the experience is something else...

Gospel Culture

Gospel doctrine creates gospel culture. This is gospel doctrine: Christ died for our sins (1 Cor 15:3). There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1). Christ redeemed us from the...

Sitting in Your Own Pew… For Now

C. S. Lewis compared the optimal church experience to a pair of comfy shoes: “A good shoe is a shoe you don’t notice. …The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God” (Letters to Malcolm).  To be clear,...