The Sword That Perpetually Hangs over the Neck and the Father Who Holds All Things in His Power

Innumerable are the evils that beset human life; innumerable, too, the deaths that threaten it … Wherever you turn, all things around you not only are hardly to be trusted but almost openly menace, and seem to threaten immediate death. Embark upon a ship, you are one step away from death. Mount a horse, if […]

Learning the Language of Lament

J. Todd Billings is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. And he has incurable cancer. Billings has just written a piece for Relevant titled, “Are We Missing Something Important About Prayer?” In the article, he talks about learning the language of lament. He writes: Whether our burden is […]

The Path of Death is the Only Way to Healing

J. Todd Billings is quickly becoming one of my favorite theologians. His book on theological interpretation of Scripture is outstanding, and I’ve recently finished reading his book, Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church, which likewise is excellent. In a recent article, Billings writes of his battle with cancer. I highly recommend […]

Traveling the Pathway from Suffering to Exaltation: Exposition of 1 Pet 3:18-22

The following sermon was preached at Owaka Grace Presbyterian Church (otherwise known as Owaka Grace Fellowship), New Zealand, on October 13, 2013. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus […]