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Responding to the Intolerance of Tolerance

by Jed Brown

It has been well-documented by others that what’s called “tolerance” these days is actually a form of intolerance. (See D. A. Carson’s excellent book, “The Intolerance of Tolerance”.) The word “tolerance” has been highjacked by our culture and totally turned for a use completely antithetical to its definiton.  You see this in calls to accept […]

Up All Night, to Bear Good Fruit

by Jed Brown

Luke’s record of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Luke 12) – probably preached by the Lord in more than one more place and time – directs us helpfully, in our church’s present season.  First, we see the singular importance of prayer. Jesus prays all night – v. 12 – just before making the big decision of […]

Exodus 2

by Jed Brown

Sometimes small details in Scripture point us to vast vistas of God’s work. One such place is in Exodus 2. In verse 1, the writer notes that Moses comes from the priestly tribe, the Levites. Moses was born a priest. As the story unfolds, he continues serving as priest – repeatedly interceding on behalf of […]

Mark 15

by Jed Brown

As D. A. Carson notes, everyone in this chapter speaks better than they know. What do they say, about Jesus? He is . . . The King of the Jews, of Israel, of God’s people. 2, 16-20, 26 Like a sheep led to the slaughter, opening not his mouth – see Isaiah 53. 5 The […]

“Bringing Back Feminine Energy”

by Jed Brown

The strangest moment in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy comes at the end, when Frodo and Sam return to the Shire. They’ve vanquished foes far more powerful than themselves and experienced fantastic adventures.  But when they enter the Shire, they realize there’s another battle to be won, on the homefront. Selfish, abusive hobbits have […]

Restless until . . .

by Jed Brown

In yourself You rouse us, giving us delight in glorifying You, because You made us with Yourself as our goal, and our heart is restless until it rests in You. -Augustine, Confessions

If not for the cross . . .

by Jed Brown

I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune from it? – John Stott, The Cross of Christ

On Bible Reading

by Jed Brown

Merry Christmas! This is the time of year that many of us think about starting a Bible reading plan. Here are some important principles to keep in mind: The Word of God is a means of grace. We need God’s grace, and one means by which God sends that grace is through His Word – […]

What Creates Love

by Jed Brown

Sometimes love drives faith and hope – our church has had “Love” as the first word in our mission statement. This is not wrong. But there are plenty of times in life when we should not assume we have the requisite love for some action. Often there is something upstream from love that we currently […]

Effective Small Groups, Part 3

by Jed Brown

In the last post, I said three triads are necessary for a group to be effective, properly defined. I want to define those “triads” here: Word, Prayer and Fellowship: By “Word”, I mean the group pursues spiritually significant conversations, around and out of the Bible. Perhaps this means simply discussing the prior week’s sermon. But […]