Three Treats for the Feast of Ascension

May 13, 2021 // 17 Comments

Forty days after Easter brings us to the Feast of Ascension. Which means that people all over the world are today celebrating the ascension of Jesus into heaven. I’ve been thinking about the post-Easter period because I’ve recently added several hundred verses to the Grace Commentary, many of them having to [...]

Good Friday Timeline

March 31, 2021 // 36 Comments

You probably know that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday. What you may not know was that Good Friday was one of the busiest days in Jesus’s life. As far as I can tell, no other day in the Bible receives more attention. To help you appreciate this, I have drafted a timeline of the key events of the first Good [...]

Can Unbelievers Take Communion?

March 31, 2013 // 105 Comments

Communion ought to be a time of celebrating Christ’s finished work on the cross. It ought to be a time when we proclaim his victory over sin and sickness. Yet for many, communion is a time of navel-gazing self-examination. It’s a time of asking, Am I good enough for God? Am I worthy? Jesus said “take this [...]

What was Last Adam’s greater work?

April 6, 2012 // 18 Comments

The history of the world, as told by some people, runs like this: Adam disobeyed God and as a result brought death to all mankind, but Jesus came and put everything back the way it was. This sort of thinking puts Adam and his everyday sin on the same level of Christ and His incomparable gift. What was Jesus’ [...]

Happy Easter!

April 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

This account of the good news is brought to you by the prophet Isaiah and the wordsmith Eugene Peterson: Good Friday (Is 53) 1  Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought GOD’s saving power would look like this? 2  The servant grew up before God–a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant [...]

Easter in Narnia: What Really Happened at the Stone Table

April 2, 2010 // 2 Comments

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the schoolboy Peter finds himself in two bloodthirsty battles. In the first he fights and slays Maugrim the Wolf, captain of the Witch’s secret police. You’ve got to admire Peter’s courage. One day he’s playing hide and seek in the Professor’s house, the next [...]

That’s My King

February 3, 2010 // 2 Comments

From time to time we’ve been fired up by SM Lockridge’s awesome “That’s my king” sermon. (The full text can be found at the bottom of this post.) Last Easter Sunday we watched the following version of it… But the version I really like – but can’t show in church [...]