Under the Cross
Life in this fallen world can be hard. Sin affects us in so many cruel ways. Depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide, self-harm, abuse, sexuality, eating disorders...the list goes on. We become isolated by our secrets and they can all-too-easily overwhelm us at times. But they're not all there is. We still have hope. The Gospel means something. Jesus dying for us has to matter...it just has to. In Baptism, we lay our cares on Him. Living out our lives UNDER THE CROSS means living in the hope of the Gospel in spite of our suffering.
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Under the Cross: The Sophia Worthy of Reception
July 9th, 2020
My daughter's Sophia's name means "wisdom." She's more precious to us than rubies! (Proverbs 8:11) She has taught me more about being a pastor than any theology book or seminary class. Her whole life flows from God. She literally can't make it on her own. She lives and grows completely and totally from the God who gives gifts to her....
Under the Cross: Beautiful, Heartbreaking World
July 6th, 2020
Yes, we do live in a beautiful, heartbreaking world. It's great. It's also really hard. It's up and it's down. Sometimes we're not sure what it is or which way we are going. However, we know that through it all our Lord is with us. ...
Under the Cross: The First Time I Died
June 29th, 2020
Daily I am drowned. Daily I am repented. Daily I am made righteous. A new life, overflowing with the most extraordinary ordinariness. ...
Under the Cross: Hope in Suffering, Not Apart from It
June 22nd, 2020
I don’t know if Peter had courage or cowardice upside down on that cross, but I know he’s baptized. I know that afraid or not, God had already saved him....
Under the Cross: Baptized, Not Gay
June 9th, 2020
You are baptized! God has not abandoned you. You are not less in His sight because of your struggles against sin. He has beaten sin for you. All of the guilt, doubt and despair you may feel has been answered for on Calvary....