Three Brief Reflections on Reformation Day

Today is an important day. It’s Reformation Day, the day that sparked the Protestant Reformation in Europe. In fact, it’s the 500th anniversary of the day, October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenburg church, challenging several unbiblical doctrines and practices of the established Roman Catholic church in Europe. The core issue of the Reformation, of course, was justification: how are people declared righteous before a perfect God? Luther argued it was by faith in Christ, as the Scriptures reveal, not our own works. The church needed this correction. We need to … Continue reading Three Brief Reflections on Reformation Day

Rescuing Little Ones with Jesus-like Love

I’m preparing to lead a discussion later this month on abortion as part of our summer Culture & Theology series at Grace Chapel. In my research, I ran across this article on Biblical Ethics in the ESV Study Bible. Here’s a snippet of that article discussing abortion in early Christian literature. Against the bleak backdrop of Roman culture, the Hebrew “sanctity of human life” ethic provided the moral framework for early Christian condemnation of abortion and infanticide. For instance, the Didache 2.2 (c. a.d. 85–110) commands, “thou shalt not murder a child by abortion nor kill them when born.” Another noncanonical early Christian text, the Letter … Continue reading Rescuing Little Ones with Jesus-like Love

Five Reasons We Want to Be Foster Parents

My wife wrote earlier this week that we are starting the process to become foster parents. She said, “We are both well aware of the children out there who are abused and neglected, and in need of good, loving homes who can teach them about Jesus as well as care for and protect their little hearts and minds.” I love this woman, and I love her passion for Jesus and the “least of these” in our city and world. Why would a husband and wife in their mid to upper 20s, with a two-and-a-half month old daughter want to be … Continue reading Five Reasons We Want to Be Foster Parents

Foster Kids, Joseph, and Jesus

Before I was a pastoral intern at my church, I worked for the Department of Health and Human Services in Omaha. Though the work was not always a delight, God grew my heart for abused and neglected children. He grew my heart to help these kids–not to help them overcome past hurts with therapy or rehab–but to help them overcome through the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a huge mission field, even in Nebraska. To give you an idea, there are usually well over 6,000 calls a month to the abuse and neglect hotline…in Omaha. Not all of those … Continue reading Foster Kids, Joseph, and Jesus

Notable Links

I wanted to drop some links here that I’ve read or listened to lately but haven’t mentioned.  Enjoy. Sermons Matt Chandler – Sex (Parts 1-3) John Piper – God So Loved the World, Part 1 |  God So Loved the Word, Part 2 Blogs Blink – Don’t Take Dating Advice From Christianity Today Team Kollar – Smitten Creation Project – Confessions of a Failing Disciple Writing On the Walls – Obsession Between Two Worlds – Frame: Questions to Ask of a Film C.J. Mahaney – How to Help Your Husband When He’s Criticized Articles Christianity Today – How Tim Keller … Continue reading Notable Links