Aaron Simms

Writer, Author, Pastor

“God will provide for himself the lamb” – The Sacrifice of Isaac and Jesus Christ

The Lord had promised Abraham (formerly known as Abram, until he was renamed by the Lord) that he would one day have a son of his own with his wife Sarah.  Finally, in their old age, Sarah, as promised, gives birth to a son, Abraham’s long-promised heir.  Abraham names his son Isaac and has him circumcised on the eighth day as a sign …

The Luxuries of a Church at Ease – A Call for Christian Unity

Lately, I’ve been reading C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity as part of a book club.  This, along with other recent events and discussions, has caused me to think more about unity within the Church. First, some context.  Lewis states in the preface to his book that his intent is not to discuss Christian denominations or differences among the denominations.  Instead, he …

“You may come here, but no further. Your proud waves shall be stopped here.”

  The recent hurricanes caused me to reflect on Job 38:1-11: Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind, “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me! “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding. Who …

“Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” – Matthew 18:1-20

Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  This question naturally follows what we discussed last week in Matthew’s Gospel when we compared the theology of glory with the theology of the cross.  Sinful humanity wants to try to take credit for its salvation and glory in its achievements.    Sinful humanity asks this question: “Who is the greatest?”  …