Could My Tears Forever Flow
“So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him” (John 19:16-18).
One astonishing thing about the Gospel accounts…Continue Reading
Why God Created the Universe—For Good Friday
On the panel at The Gospel Coalition I was asked how my preaching may have become more Christocentric over the years. Here’s the summary of my answer.
My devotion to the truth that God magnifies himself in all that he…Continue Reading
Augustine on God's Love, Wrath, and the Cross
How (and when) does God’s love for us relate to Christ’s death on the cross?
God’s love is incomprehensible and unchangeable. For it was not after we were reconciled to him through the blood of his Son that he…
Salt, Suffering, and Satisfaction
Try this interpretation of what it means for Christians to be salt.
I suggest that being salty as a Christian means at root being so profoundly satisfied by Christ as our eternal reward, we are freed from fear and greed…Continue Reading
Packer on the Cross and Christ’s Love
Luther gazed at Christ’s cross with steady joy and gloried in the fact that whoever trusts Christ can be assured of his love. He once wrote to a troubled friend, “Learn to know Christ and him crucified. Learn to sing…
Recovering a Theology of Martyrdom
When I first read as a child about early Christian martyrs, I was fascinated but puzzled. I was fascinated by their willingness to follow Jesus to death, to witness (the meaning of martyr) through their deaths. I could see…Continue Reading
How to Live Like Christ
In Ephesians 5:1 Paul tells us to be "imitators of God". How can we obey such a holy commandment? William Temple writes:
"It is no good giving me a play like Hamlet or King Lear, and telling me to write… Continue Reading
Stott on The Self-Substitution of God
We strongly reject, therefore, every explanation of the death of Christ which does not have at its centre the principle of ‘satisfaction through substitution’, indeed divine self-satisfaction through divine self-substitution.
The cross was not:
a commercial bargain with the devil,…
Luther on True Contemplation of the Cross
Let us meditate a moment on the passion of Christ....true contemplation is that in which the heart is crushed and the conscience smitten....You must be overwhelmed by the frightful wrath of God who so hated sin that he spared not…