Sermon: Outside the Party?

A very important note about sources: Several structures, themes, and ideas of this message, especially some text enclosed in quotation marks, has been lifted from the course, available on the udemy platform, entitled, “Paul and His Letter to the Ephesians,” the copyright for which belongs to N.T. Wright Online, 2016. Also see the relevant sections of Wright, N. T. Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. London Louisville, KY: SPCK Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. Please see also Wright, N. T., and Lin Johnson. Ephesians: 11 Studies for Individuals and Groups. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Connect,…

What’s going on?

I have always said that Los Angeles wasn’t the city for me—that doing life in L.A. would be a catastrophic mistake. I was going to get my Ph.D. in French history and run off to a cushy European tenure-track professorship. To live the remainder of my life in L.A. would mean (in the words of Racine’s Le songe d’Athalie), C’était pendant l’horreur d’une profonde nuit.

The blessings of His Heav’n

Those who know me know that I am much more of a devotionalist than a scholar, humorist, polemicist, or whatever. To the extent that this is the case, I want to say a few things: Hurricanes, one after the other, multiple wildfires in the West after chronic drought, a terrible earthquake in Mexico, horrific flooding in Bangladesh, political and economic instability the world over, the list continues. There’s really no escaping the fact that times aren’t the best that they could be right now. The apocalyptic imagery of Mark 13 and Matthew 24 notwithstanding, it helps to be reassured of…