Christus Victor

On Good Friday we invited folks at Central Baptist to come and hammer in a nail to a cross one of our family had made. It’s a powerful thing to be in the silence of the sanctuary, only to have it interrupted by the pounding of a hammer. There’s a violence to the sound which…

Stained Glass – Resurrection

This is the center panel of the stained glass window in Central Baptist’s sanctuary. The whole front window is, to me, some of the most fantastic stained glass I’ve ever seen – but this center panel is the most striking. This is as things should be. It is, after all, Jesus’ resurrection. There’s a lot…

Rise Up

This is an edited manuscript for my Easter Sunday sermon – April 5, 2015. It’s launched from Acts 10:34-43 but is set up much different than my typical preaching. Most of the themes from Peter’s message to Cornelius are present, but I don’t unpack them as I normally do. As it’s not my typical way…

Ready for Resurrection

Holy Week is upon us and Lent is coming to an end. I don’t want to say that Lent has been fun 1, but this year I’ve found it to be vibrant. Central has been alive this Lenten season, displaying a life and energy which I knew had been waiting for release. In many ways,…

N.T. Wright on The Colbert Report

I’ve been meaning to post this video here since I first saw it last week.  I love The Colbert Report, under the satirical nature of the character there are often some dang good interviews – this is a case in point.  I have to admit that one of the reasons I love this interview with…