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  • Scarlet Yarn

    Twined linen, dripping scarlet red
    And curtaining his face;
    Embroidered on the ephod donned
    To enter holy place

    With hyssop dipped in gurgling blood
    To sprinkle lepers clean;
    Red heifer’s blood, consuming fire
    To purify and glean

    Cascading down the Jer’cho wall
    To wipe a harlot’s slate,
    Red robe adorns his bloodied back
    It's my Redeemer's fate

    The scarlet yarn unspooled and spilled
    To dye the skeins of sin,
    Flows freely from his naked wounds
    To cover my chagrin

    ~ssw 12.11.2012

The System and the Human Heart

I have written previously about How to Eradicate Racism and Racial Profiling, but recent events call for further reflection. This week, a Staten Island grand jury voted not to indict New York City Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who used an illegal chokehold to restrain Eric Garner and inadvertently killed him. Pantaleo was white; Garner was black. This ruling comes … Continue reading


Rejoicing and Thanksgiving

The sermon I preached at Crossway Church (Franklin, MA) on November 9th, 2014. “Rejoice, always, in the Lord who is near.” LISTEN Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and … Continue reading


The Failed Promises of God

Many Christians live with a lingering sense that God has failed them. In particular, they look to God’s promises in the book of Proverbs and wonder why God did not fulfill His end of the bargain. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart … Continue reading

New Life

New Life in Christ

The sermon I preached at King of Grace Church (Haverhill, MA) on August 3rd, 2014. “Live in keeping with your new identity in Christ.” LISTEN Ephesians 3:17-32 17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their … Continue reading

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Saved by Grace

The sermon I preached at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville (Louisville, KY) on June 1st, 2014. “God saves helpless sinners to display His sovereign grace.” LISTEN Ephesians 2:1-10 1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want to

It’s my birthday today. Perhaps I should be embarrassed about this, but there’s a song that always come to mind on my birthdays, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to…” It’s Lesley Gore’s iconic song “It’s My Party.” It captures the individualism and self-centeredness of our culture. “It’s my birthday, so I should … Continue reading

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Does Digital Bible Reading Make Us Biblically Illiterate and Spiritually Immature?

The changing medium From the stone slabs used by Moses (Ex. 24:12; 31:18), to the various wooden, clay, or metal tablets used by the prophets (Is. 8:1; 30:8; Hab. 2:2; cf. Ezek. 27:5), to papyri scrolls (Jer. 36:2; Ezra 6:2; Ps. 40:7), to parchment codices, and finally, to paper books, the Word of God has … Continue reading


From Death to Life

The sermon I preached at King of Grace Church (Haverhill, MA) on August 4th, 2013. “We were once dead, but God, by his grace, makes us alive in Christ.” LISTEN Ephesians 2:1-10 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power … Continue reading


The Love That Covers

The sermon I preached at Jon and Tasha’s wedding at High Rock Church (Arlington, MA) on August 3rd, 2013. “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Through the thick and thin, be quick to repent, and quick to forgive. Be covered by the love of Jesus, and cover one … Continue reading

A dress requirement for entry into St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

The Prude and Prurience: An Essay About Christian Modesty

There has been a fascinating dialogue on the Q-Ideas forum between Jessica Rey and Rachel Held Evans about female modesty in clothing. Objectification of Women Jessica Rey is an entrepreneur who started a popular line of Audrey Hepburn-inspired swimsuits that tries to steer past the Scylla and Charybdis of skimpy bikinis and frumpy one-pieces. In … Continue reading


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