The following is an unedited sermon manuscript; for an explanation of my sermon manuscripts, click here. *Originally preached in January 2022* Sermon Audio: To Die Is Gain (Phil 1:18-23) “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one's head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, … Continue reading To Die Is Gain (Phil 1:18-23)
Occasionally Satan uses earth-shattering catastrophes in our life. Most of the times, however, the most effective temptations in our lives are the monotonous, mundane frustrations that pile up. Whether its picking up your kids' socks off the ground for the millionth time or sending that follow-up email because that person isn't responding, little frustrations can … Continue reading Satan and the Little Things
No sermon audio this week. Transcript: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. – Matt. 5:8 Think of the last time you saw something great. What was it? Maybe it was a great concert of one of your favorite musicians. Maybe it was sitting around the table with family and … Continue reading The Pure (Matt. 5:8)
Friedrich Nietzsche, God’s alleged murderer/coroner, seemed to lack any fear of the chaos that God’s death would bring, but rather passionately plunged himself into the oncoming torrent of darkness.
"There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils." C.S. Lewis' brilliant work, The Screwtape Letters, a fictitious correspondence between two demons, begins with these now famous words found in the introduction, "There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve … Continue reading Charlie Charlie: Screwtape’s Great Hope
Last night at Sola, (our student ministry) in honor of Valentine's Day this weekend, we decided to take a look at God's design and purpose for romance. After the sermon, we let students anonymously text in questions they had about love, dating, marriage and romance. However, in our short 15 minutes we had, we were unable … Continue reading Dating Q&A: How do I know that I love someone?
In C.S. Lewis' wildly popular The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, there is a powerful allegory that Lewis employs to vividly depict the nature of sin. Edmund, one of the four Pevensie children, falls prey to an evil White Witch almost immediately upon entering Narnia. The Witch finds Edmund wandering in the forest … Continue reading Jesus is Sweeter Than Turkish Delight
We use a most unfortunate idiom when we say, of a lustful man prowling the streets, that he “wants a woman.” Strictly speaking, a woman is just what he does not want. He wants a pleasure for which a woman happens to be the necessary piece of apparatus. How much he cares about the woman … Continue reading Lustful Men Don’t Want A Woman – C.S. Lewis
An impersonal God? Well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness inside our own head? Better still. A formless life force surging through everyone – a vast power we can all tap? Best of all. But a living God – pulling at the other end of the cord approaching at infinite speed, … Continue reading Alone With God – C.S. Lewis