To Hell with retreat!

May 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

As a result of a recent conversation among Facebook friends about bold, pro-life preaching, I privately distributed a copy of the sermon I preached from Psalm 11 this past January on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday at McIlwain Presbyterian Church.  It seemed, especially in light of the just-announced Kermit Gosnell verdict, to post the entirety of that sermon here.  I know it it is long for a blog post—but I trust it is helpful in our advance together as the people of Christ.

Here we are again, marking another year past since Roe v. Wade.  It is 40 years now—40 years!—that the defenseless unborn have been offered upon the altar of “choice.”  Will the horrible tide of blood ever be stemmed apart from Jesus’ triumphant return in which all of his enemies will be destroyed?  I don’t know.

I do know that for years now the Christian community has been warning about the increasing coarseness of American culture—the rapid demise of virtues such as honor and respect, not simply for those in authority but for people in general—as the result of he decreasing sense of value of human life in general. « Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Commencement Homily for Trinitas Christian School

June 11, 2012 § 1 Comment

On May 25, for the second year in a row, I was privileged to share the rostrum with Rev. Uri Brito, each of us delivering a “tag” commencement homily for the graduating class.  Our text this year was Hebrews 12; my portion covered the first 17 verses but I primarily focused on the first two.  My title was “Run!”

Graduates, tonight we rightly congratulate and honor you for your successful achievement.  Twelve-plus years of cultivating hard and diligent work have borne fruit—and because the hardworking farmer has the right to enjoy the fruit of his labor, I earnestly hope that tonight and in the coming days and weeks you will feast with satisfaction and gratitude upon this harvest.

But it’s not over.  Not by a long shot.  In fact, in some ways it is really just beginning.  By “it” I don’t mean college, per se—and you are going to probably think this sounds sentimental and clichéic—but what I mean to say is really just beginning for you is the race of life.

Now, I hate sentimentality more than anyone—but I hate it most in sermons and things like commencement homilies.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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