Guard Your Steps into 2019

Tomorrow we will enter the year 2019. 2019. It doesn’t matter how bad the previous year is, at New Year’s we all hope for better. It’s a time for confetti and champagne and resolutions and hope. It’s funny really. We’ve picked an arbitrary day from our calendar year and agreed to designate it as theContinue reading “Guard Your Steps into 2019”

Satisfied in Giving Thanks

This week, I’ve been meditating on Paul’s seemingly straightforward and simple command to the Colossians: “And be thankful” (3:15). The word and reminded us of our privilege to offer thanksgiving as a continual refrain to what God has done for us in Christ. Be showed us the impossibility of thankfulness without regeneration and renewal. It’s our presenceContinue reading “Satisfied in Giving Thanks”

Jesus, Our Thanks-Giver

This Thanksgiving season, a short sentence from Paul’s letter to the Colossians has been stuck in my head: “And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15). In yesterday’s post, we explored the first word and. And encouraged us to see how thanksgiving is related to every aspect of the Christian life. There is always room for more, andContinue reading “Jesus, Our Thanks-Giver”

Thanksgiving: The One Thing We Add to the Gospel

Every year as the holidays approach, I take a break from whatever book I’m preaching through and turn to something completely different. For instance, last year I preached a series entitled “A Very Reformed Christmas”, preaching a text from the Christmas narrative each week of Advent and pairing it with one of the five solasContinue reading “Thanksgiving: The One Thing We Add to the Gospel”

To My White Brothers and Sisters, for MLK Day

(Written January 2016.) I just got home from a rousing three hour service at Miller Chapel AME Church. It was my first time attending an MLK Day service. It’s a holiday that has always felt to me like President’s Day or Labor Day–another Monday off from school in honor of an important figure from theContinue reading “To My White Brothers and Sisters, for MLK Day”