Tag Archives: Truth

Perfectly Free, Perfectly Bound


Biblical Texts: Mark 6:14-29, Amos 7:7-15
Full Sermon Draft

The real question in free and bound is: to what?

The normal way we talk about free and bound is in regards to sin. That comes under the doctrine of the keys. But in this sermon we are looking not at that doctrine, but at the bets we all place at the foundation of our lives. We all place some. Sometimes we might not know it, but they are there. What these two passages do is give us a glimpse of two foundations and how they bind and free us.

There are several applications, but today we were saying good-bye to a man and family that is off to study for the pastorate. We as a congregation were wishing them farewell and Godspeed. We were freeing them for this larger call as much as it pains us, but we along with the entire church were binding them to the Word. The plumb line that makes us free from sin and the crookedness of the world, binds us all to Christ. We might be separated in the World, but we are still one in Christ. The hymn at the end – The Church’s One Foundation – perfectly expresses this.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 7:1-21 and John 4:7-26

Job 7:1-21
John 4:7-26
Who is this God? Christopher Hitchens’ divine tyrant or revealed in Jesus Christ
The Romance of God

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 1:1-22 and John 1:1-18

Job 1:1-22
John 1:1-18
The Sovereignty of God and the problem of Pain
The emotional nature of Job’s story
What the revealed God tells us about love

The Beginning of God’s Story


Biblical Text: Mark 1:1-8
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You could say it is one of my pet theories of the bible – the order of seeing and believing. Most moderns would emphatically say that sight leads to correct belief. (And hence the high priests of modernity sneer at Christ.) I think the reality is that faith or believing comes first. What we believe about the world influences what we see. And let me extend that further, I think that having a solid ground (i.e. Christ/God) is very important to having a good grip on truth overall. Without Christ we are much more likely to see all kinds of non-truth as truth. (I get that from Romans 1 FYI.)

I don’t expound on it often because: a) the culture believes just the opposite so b) it is hard to get solid accepted examples for such a mystical point. But this sermon is an attempt at just that because the immediate past has three examples of belief influencing sight, some very poorly.

The core of the problem is that false belief is always an attempt to justify ourselves (and demonize the other). The secure ground is what John the Baptist proclaimed as the beginning of the good news – a baptism of repentance. God’s story refuses to divide us; we are all sinners. God’s story refuses to divide us; we are all saved not by our acts or the law but by the acts of God. God’s story isn’t pretty or immediately believable. It just happens to be true good news.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – 1 Samuel 9:1-27 and Acts 21:37-22:16

1 Samuel 9:1-27
Acts 21:37-22:16
Saul’s self conception vs. reality vs. David,, Cultural blinders, Our Shared consciousness of Christ

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Proverbs 30:1-9, 18-33 and John 20:19-31

Proverbs 30:1-9, 18-33
John 20:19-31
The limits of Wisdom and the need for the gospel,The middle path of wisdom, Hebrew Poetic Form and hard truths

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Gen 45:1-20, 24-28 and Mark 13:1-23

Gen 45:1-20, 24-28
Mark 13:1-23
The place of Truth, election, guard yourself

Theory meets Verification – A Video to Smile At

A video of the Physics prof who created the gravitational theory of the residue of the big bang (non-economic inflation theory) about 30 years ago being told of the just released experimental results. I liked the his comments around 2:00 forward – “what if I believed it just because it was beautiful”.

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 20:1-23,29 and John 8:21-38

Job 20:1-23,29
John 8:21-38
A quick recap of Job’s three friend’s positions, How people react to suffering, Jesus as the Word, Revelation or the Word is a prerequisite of truth

Daily Lectionary Podcast – Job 8:1-22 and John 4:27-45

Job 8:1-22
John 4:27-45
Bildad the prosperity preacher (truth mixed with falsehood), Source and work of the Word of God, Lord Tis Not that I Did Choose Thee (LSB 573)