The First Flower of Spring

The older I get, the longer I live, the more significant Easter becomes. The resurrection of Christ means all my wanderings lead somewhere. The resurrection of Christ means the lessons I learn are eternal. The resurrection of Christ means death does not reign. The resurrection of Christ means all things can be made new. The resurrection of … [Read more...]

Jesus Still Wants You

Have you fallen into sin? Do you feel nasty and irrecoverable, unloveable? Then listen to this Gospel reminder from Matt Chandler. Jesus wants the tattered rose! Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came for the sick. He came for sinners. He came for you. "...while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." -Romans … [Read more...]

Top 5 Posts for March

Haven't stopped by Hobo Theology in a while? No problem. Here's what's been simmering this past month. 5. The Formula for Spiritual Growth The secret about the secret to spiritual growth. 4. Could Jesus Have Sinned? Addressing an important and delicate question with care. 3. Ignite Takeaways A Quick look back at our student … [Read more...]

The Perfect Scriptures for a Busy Day

The mashup of scriptures in my Daily Light reading seemed perfect for the big and busy day ahead. I thought you may need and appreciate it too. Here it is: Be strong and courageous The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? - He gives power to the faint, and … [Read more...]

Could Jesus Have Sinned?

I recently took part in a lively discussion about this question. In an area (the Hypostatic Union of Christ) bristling with difficulties, I will keep my words few. I'd simply like to offer a couple points of clarification and then I'll quote an expert. The Difficulty Some people may wonder why this is a difficult question. They will say God … [Read more...]

What I Think

What do I think? It doesn't matter what I think. It matters what God thinks. We live in a culture obsessed with opinions. We have professional opinonators. They fill our newspapers, feeds and screens. What do you think about this? What do you think about that? This obsession is everywhere. It's crept into the church. We feel we have a right to … [Read more...]

So Much to Learn

I have so much to learn. It's overwhelming actually. You'd think by now I would have reached some level of competency, but the further I go, the further it gets. I am clueless to many things. I am forgetful of others. And I am shallow on what I do know. (As someone once said, "Lord, help us to understand what we know.") Learning feels like … [Read more...]

Garden Cities

My family and I stopped in Savannah, Georgia and visited Forsyth Park. After a season of wintry darkness and rain, stepping into a Spring-filled garden of blooms felt like a rebirth. Fountains sprayed their waters. Spanish moss framed every vista. And the soft grass of Spring yielded to a zephyr. It was beautiful and intoxicating. But the beauty … [Read more...]

Book Review – The Pastor’s Justification

Jared Wilson. The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 192 pp. $15.99. I first discovered Jared Wilson on twitter. He was funny. He was a Patriots fan. And he was prolific. Win, win and win. Turns out he's a great writer too. Wilson has written several books and coauthored … [Read more...]

Insist on the Gospel

http://griz.me/files/sermons/derek-griz-insist-on-the-gospel.mp3   [Editor's Note: Sermon notes from Titus 3:4-11] Growing in Love How do we grow in love? Have you ever thought about this difficult question? In some ways, it’s quite easy to fall in love. In other ways, it’s out of your hands. I remember falling in love with Jess. It was … [Read more...]