Month: May 2018

  • Celebrating Freedom (Revisited)

    Celebrating Freedom (Revisited)

    We insult the veterans who survived the battles and those who died when we reduce Memorial Day to a day for sales and beginning summertime leisure activities. Even worse, we degrade everything it stands for. By giving more attention to surf and sales than to freedom and sacrifice, we desecrate the blood of our fallen soldiers. This is especially true when we distort the meaning of the word “freedom.”

  • Ascension and Pentecost IV: The Ascended Christ Sends the Indwelling Spirit

    Ascension and Pentecost IV: The Ascended Christ Sends the Indwelling Spirit

    This conclusion to this series will show how the indwelling Holy Spirit provides our connection with the ascended Lord Jesus Christ and enables us to observe all that He has commanded us (Matthew 28:19–20).

  • Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness

    Ascension and Pentecost III. The Gospel of Forgiveness

    One of the most important, and in many churches least emphasized, elements of Jesus’ post-resurrection teaching is the message of forgiveness. Yet, it is central to Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples, and it should be central to our message. As He prepared them for their forthcoming ministry, He said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld” (John 20:21–23).

  • Ascension and Pentecost II: The Mystery of the Incarnation in Heaven

    Ascension and Pentecost II: The Mystery of the Incarnation in Heaven

    Jesus Christ is fully God (the eternal Son of God) and yet fully human.

  • Ascension and Pentecost I: A Unified Gospel Message

    Ascension and Pentecost I: A Unified Gospel Message

    On the traditional church calendar, the Easter season lasts 50 days, beginning with Easter Sunday and ending seven weeks later with the Feast of Pentecost. Easter and Pentecost are not merely bookends on a cycle of Scripture readings for Sunday worship. Along with the Feast of the Ascension (on the 40th day of Easter, 10 days before Pentecost), they provide a significant unified summary of the Gospel and its impact on the Christian’s life.