The Ten Words

During the middle five Wednesdays of Lent—between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week—we are considering the Ten Commandments at evening services. If we can average two per week, we’ll make it. But on the first Wednesday (February 21), we didn’t even get past the First Commandment. Part of that is because the First Commandment is, by… Read More ›

How Do We Know the Bible Is True?

How do we know the Bible is true? Take a moment and think about that before you keep reading. How do we know the Bible is true? How would you answer that question when your neighbor asks you? How about when your kids or grandkids come home from college and tell you what they heard… Read More ›

Authoritative and Clear

“I wish I could read the Bible, but I just don’t know how.” “The Bible is such a difficult book to understand. I just don’t know what it means.” “It’s such a big book that I don’t know where to start, and I’ll never learn it all.” I’ve heard many different variations of this, and… Read More ›

What If …?

What if I would have tried out for the golf team instead of track? What if I had apologized twenty years earlier? What if I hadn’t even had that first drink? We all have those “what if?” moments in our lives—those times when we wonder what would have happened if we had made different choices…. Read More ›

He Descended into Hell

Whenever we confess the Apostles’ Creed (which is basically every week except communion Sundays, when we use the Nicene Creed) we confess this Biblical truth that Jesus descended into hell. But we don’t really talk about it very much. I suppose the primary reason for this is simply because there is only one Scripture passage… Read More ›

Jesus’ Resurrection and You

What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for you? Notice I didn’t ask, “What does it mean to you.” That would be too subjective. When we talk about the resurrection of Jesus, we are talking about a real, historical event with eternal implications. So we ask, “What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for you?” Because it does impact… Read More ›

Justice, Mercy, a Kingdom, Today

A very bad man was getting what he deserved, and he knew it. He said to another criminal, “We are receiving the due reward for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23:41). He was speaking of Jesus, who was hanging on a death instrument between these two criminals. I suppose both… Read More ›

Blessed Are …

During the season of Epiphany (the time between Christmas and Lent), the Scripture readings progressively reveal Jesus to us. As we observe Jesus’ baptism, miracles, and teaching, the Scripture readings answer the question, “Who is this guy whose birth the angels heralded?” In The Gospel According to Matthew, one of the first events in Jesus’… Read More ›