Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport?

In a mysterious twist of providence, the tragic shooting at Las Vegas and the release of the new film Calvinism happened on the same day. That brought to my mind Richard Mouw's fine little book Calvinism in a Las Vegas Airport. The book opens with a re-telling of a scene from the movie Hardcore. A stodgy Christian... Continue Reading →


Calvin paraphrasing Augustine on church reform.  "To the pious and placid his advice is, mercifully to correct what they can, and to bear patiently with what they cannot correct, in love lamenting and mourning until God either reform or correct, or at the harvest root up the tares, and scatter the chaff.  Let all the... Continue Reading →

gospel prosperity

Descent into suffering is followed by ascent into glory. Our story is very much like that. I take you back to just three summers ago. That's when we began our descent into suffering. The tribulation and the poverty that came upon us in those days! The slander of people who spoke ill of us! We... Continue Reading →

The Return of the King (Reprise)

In light of our recent sermons on Revelation 21-22, you might be interested in this excerpt from The Return of the King -- part three of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece The Lord of the Rings. Here the story of the long-awaited return of the king is recounted in splendid detail. As you will see, Tolkien's fantastic vision... Continue Reading →

Cross the River

In light of our recent sermons on Revelation 21-22, here's an excerpt from John Bunyan's imaginative dream Pilgrim's Progress. So I saw that when they awoke, they addressed themselves to go up to the city. But, as I said, the reflection of the sun upon the city (for the city was pure gold, Rev. 21:18,)... Continue Reading →

God Wrote a Book The people of God are a people of the book. But that doesn't mean that everyone has always enjoyed access to the book. For millenia the people of God were taught the word of God by prophets and priests in their own language at the temple, in synagogues, and in the public square. Parents... Continue Reading →

A Doubting Thomas

Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place... Continue Reading →

God Saves Sinners

It is with holy fear, reverence, and awe, that I dare to preach the gospel of the Lamb of God on this New Year's Day. Jesus laid down his life for all his people and was slain on the cross to take away the sins of the world. (Text: John 19:16-36) This essay by J.I.... Continue Reading →

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