Monthly Archives: April 2012

Fourth Sunday of Easter: The Empty Threat of Death, Part III, I Corinthians 15:20-28

First Sermon Second Sermon People of God, this is the Fourth Sunday of Resurrection! We are still immersed in this season of joy and celebration. And we have chosen I Corinthians 15 as the background theme to this feast. Why? … Continue reading

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Saturday Psalter: Westminster Cathedral Choir Singing Psalms

Westminster Cathedral

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Our lovely Church has a new website!

Providence Church in Pensacola, FL

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Communion Meditation: The Alpha and Omega of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Our Lord provides a future for his people. It is a future of victory and gigantic triumph. Our Lord is risen, so that He might initiate the plans of the Father to bring all things under his feet. The Son … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Death and Resurrection

It is hard to read through the Bible and not come to the realization that God’s story is filled with death. It begins with the death of Adam and Eve and it continues with endless bloodshed through the prophets and … Continue reading

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The Significance of the Resurrection

N.T. Wright in his magnum opus The Resurrection of the Son of God discusses the different ways in which history is defined (12-14). Among the five senses of history, Wright argues that among scholars whatever-it-was-that-happened (referring to the resurrection) was “extremely significant,” … Continue reading

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Mormonism and Joel Osteen

The same questions asked in the early church are being asked again in the 21st century. The Nicene Creed, a standard summary of Christianity, is threatened on a regular basis. With the political scene heating up, and the Romney ticket … Continue reading

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The Rescuing

Again Wright summarizes Paul’s argument in I Corinthians 15: The whole argument establishes, with rock-solid theology and considerable rhetorical power, the point that the resurrection of Jesus the Messiah is the starting-point and means whereby the creator, in completing the … Continue reading

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New Order to the World

Wright in his usual poetic brilliance encapsulates resurrection theology: It is because humankind was created with the purpose of bringing the creator’s order to the world that now, because Jesus is the truly human one, he is invested with the … Continue reading

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Unbridled Rejoicing

We do not merely live out our length of days and then have the hope of the resurrection as an addendum; rather…Christ’s resurrection has set in motion a chain of inexorable events that absolutely determines our present and our future…That … Continue reading

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The Last Enemy

Paul provides an eschatological chronology in I Corinthians 15. This chronology is laid out quite clearly. Paul says in 15:26 (literally translated): “The last enemy is being destroyed, namely death.” The reign of Christ is a consequence to his bodily resurrection/ascension. … Continue reading

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Third Sunday of Resurrection: I Corinthians 15:12-19,The Empty Threat of Death, Part II

People of God, this is the Third Sunday of Resurrection! We will continue our study through Paul’s narrative in I Corinthians 15. This is Paul’s resurrection magnum opus; it is the Bible’s greatest treatment of the bodily resurrection of Jesus, the … Continue reading

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Communion Meditation: The Table of Joy

The Resurrection of Jesus created this newly gathered body, called the Church. Of course, the Church has existed since the Garden, but never has the Church possessed such glory, such overflowing joy, and such unity than when she was bathed … Continue reading

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Exhortation: The God who makes all things new

Is the resurrection of Christ neglected in the Church today? The truth is: many Christians fall into a false dichotomy. Some tend to give preeminence to the cross over the empty tomb. We too want a cross-centered gospel. The cross … Continue reading

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A Brief Argument for Weekly Communion

Many of us who practice weekly communion experience the immense joys and communal benefits of this practice. At the same time, I am aware that the vast majority of evangelicals–especially here in the South–view this practice with a certain skepticism … Continue reading

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No Past. No Future.

Paul ties the resurrection to the forgiveness of sin ( I Cor. 15:18). Hence, a denial of the resurrection means that our sins were not forgiven. If Christ is not raised, we have no past and no future. As Gordon … Continue reading

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They Believed…

“The early Christians did not believe in the resurrection because theycould not find his dead body. They believed because they did find a living Christ.”  FF Bruce, The Apostle of the Heart Set Free, p. 93

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Future Bodily Resurrection

According to St. Paul, without the resurrection, everything is futile (mataia). But the opposite is also true. If you deny that there is a future bodily resurrection, then you cannot claim that Jesus rose bodily from the dead, and your … Continue reading

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In Favor of…

Adrian Warnock, in his popular defense of the Resurrection (Raised with Christ), argues that too many “Protestants are so busy protesting what they are against that they forget to declare as loudly what they are in favor of.”

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The Strife is Oe’r, the Battle Done, Alleluiah!

The strife is o’er, the battle done; The victory of life is won; The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia! Refrain Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The powers of death have done their worst; But Christ their legions hath dispersed; Let shouts … Continue reading

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Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands

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Don’t Give Up on the Church!

I was just sitting there with Pastors Schnider and Ben Rossell. We were enjoying the cool breeze and the tranquil blue waters. Our waiter came a few times to re-fill my Diet Coke with lemon (always a must), and even … Continue reading

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Titus 2:5, Working Women, and Biblical Priorities

Note: Some initial thoughts on a controversial topic. These thoughts originated after reading about the attack on Ann Romney (the wife of Mitt Romney) who was accused of never having worked a day in her life, because she chose to raise her … Continue reading

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The point of the Resurrection…

“The point of the resurrection…is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die…What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it…What you do in … Continue reading

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Throw Away Your Books

Mortify your intelligence, learn to weep over the wounds of our Lord, throw away your books.–Ubertino, The Name of the Rose Ubertino’s caution against William’s rationalism goes overboard. Over-reaction is always a possibility when contrasting ideas.

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Torture and Hell

A short dispute arises between Ubertino and William in Umberto Eco’sThe Name of the Rose about how heretics respond to torture. William argues that in torture everything returns to your mind, “as if you are being transported, not toward heaven, but … Continue reading

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Liturgical Awareness Near Death

One of the things I distinctly remember about ministering in nursing homes in college and now as a pastor is that the elderly –though most mental faculties are gone–are still liturgically aware. “The Lord be with you” is promptly greeted … Continue reading

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Pipe Smoking as Decent

Back before fundamentalism caused much of American Christianity to go off the moral deep end and get caught in up in a fevered attempt to demonize a whole series of behaviors that are morally neutral, pipe smoking was seen as … Continue reading

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Easter Sermon: The Empty Threat of Death, I Corinthians 15:1-11

People of God, this is the day of Resurrection! From this day to May 20th, we will celebrate the Easter Season. It is a remarkable pity that most evangelicals limit the Easter celebration to one Sunday. The reality is: this … Continue reading

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Exhortation: When we say…

Athanasius once said that the resurrection leaves traces everywhere. When we say every square inch of creation belongs to our Lord, when we say the world is being re-created, when we say the gospel is going forth to all the … Continue reading

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