William Tyndale was born in the late 1400’s. As he grew, he became passionate about God and the Bible. But it wasn’t available in English. In fact, it was illegal to translate it and to sell it. Tyndale, however, was highly motivated, despite the danger. He knew the Bible had infinite value—not because of what … Continue reading What Tyndale gave his life to give
In Luke 16:14 we are told about Pharisees who “loved money” and who were “sneering at Jesus.” Jesus said: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight” (verse 15). Shortly afterward Jesus then told the story of … Continue reading Not just what to believe, but how
A university professor was at the pinnacle of his career. He had so many options and opportunities spreading out before him. But he resigned. Why? To take care of his wife who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. I’m sure many of you already know how horrible it can be. A “friend” of his—someone who knew … Continue reading “Successful” or faithful?
Do you have things, or do they have you? When we “have” things, we own them. We control them. But when things “have” us, they own us. They control us. Consider the man in Mark 10:21-22: “Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and … Continue reading Do you have things, or do they have you?
In The Lord of the Rings there is a character named Gollum. He becomes obsessed with possessing a ring of great power. Gollum even kills to get it. Over time, he becomes infatuated with the ring, even calling it “my precious.” He has lost all perspective, and it distracts him from other things. He hates … Continue reading Gollum and precious things
Recently I was walking our dog, Buddy. It was a cold morning, but a beautiful morning. I could see my breath, but also the sun streaming through the trees. There was fresh snow on the ground. As the sun hit the snowflakes, it made them shimmer, like ten thousand sparkling diamonds. I stopped walking and … Continue reading Glorious
“And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). When Jesus talks about carrying a cross, he’s using bold language to teach us a bold principle: Whoever does not crucify their own self-serving desires and instead pattern their lives on him cannot be his apprentice. This kind of … Continue reading Liberated for greater things
The cross is central to the Christian faith. After all, Jesus says: “whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). Clearly, it’s not just about what he did, but about what we do. It’s easy to forget how jarring the cross was (and is). We see it on … Continue reading No matter the cost
In Luke 14:15 we read: “he said to Jesus, ‘Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.’” At Westminster Church we’ve started a barbeque in July to celebrate our successful Bible camps. Picture a couple hundred people, music playing, kids’ in bouncy castles, face-painting, and hamburgers sizzling. A … Continue reading When Jesus puts on a BBQ
In Luke 14:10-11 Jesus says: “But when you are invited [to a wedding feast], take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves … Continue reading Jr A hockey and Luke 14:11