Here is a short ministry update from Grace Bible Church, and a few thoughts about gratitude during Covid-19:Read More Coronavirus and gratitude
The kinds of questions children sometimes ask about God are not so different than the questions we have about God: Who created God? What does God look like? Why can’t we see God? How can Jesus fit in my heart? Why did God create Satan? Why do people get sick and die? Where is God? […]Read More God is with us. Always.
Our Infinite, Intimate God Psalm 139 March 29, 2020 Loneliness is a common affliction. While living in an increasingly connected world, many feel increasingly disconnected relationally. As one secular writer noted a few years ago, “…if you’re an average American, you’re not nearly as connected to the people around you as your parents or grandparents […]Read More Sermon: Our Infinite, Intimate God
Here is the latest video update from the elders: The text of the updates can be found here.Read More Church and ministry update
Peace and Courage in a Troubled World John 16:32-33 March 22, 2020 This is an odd morning. I have preached to this church body almost 1400 times, by my count. I have never preached with music recorded by our musicians ahead of time, and I have never preached to an empty auditorium. There have been […]Read More Sermon: Peace and Courage in a Troubled World
This morning our scattered church will gather together by live stream. It is a means of God’s grace that we might do that through technology. We thank Him for this kindness in this unusual and remarkable season. Here is one thought as you prepare for worship. You are likely in your home. Perhaps you are […]Read More One act of preparation for your live stream worship
Several publishers are making some resources that are particularly helpful for battling spiritual issues that have arisen as a byproduct of the Coronavirus available for free (or highly discounted). Here are a few things I’ve found that I would encourage you to take advantage of: Free Resources for Your Stay at Home during COVID-19 (book […]Read More Some helpful (free!) resources during Coronavirus
Here is an announcement and encouragement from our church about the Coronavirus and how we will handle ministry in the coming weeks (months?): The details of our plan and some suggestions for personal ministry are here.Read More An announcement from our church
In God’s grace, technology (video conferencing, conference calls, live-streaming, blogs, vlogs, and yes, even social media) can be and is being used in many ways to encourage and strengthen the church of Christ and extend our ministry to our shaken communities. In the past week I have come across many helpful resources. I will try […]Read More Helpful biblical resources during the Coronavirus
This article was originally written by me for The Center for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship. It is a good reminder that fear is good — when it is fear of God, and not the kind of panicked fear that is being exhibited in many communities these days. Almost two years ago, designer Kate Spade committed […]Read More It’s ok to be fearful. If we are fearing God.
Food, Shelter, Pandemics, and Fear Matthew 6:25-34 March 15, 2020 We know that as believers we should not be afraid. But when the World Health Organization classifies the Coronavirus as a pandemic and virtually every major sports league suspends its games, including championship series, universities move to online only classes, school districts extend spring breaks, […]Read More Sermon: Food, Shelter, Pandemics, and Fear
What Happened??? Romans 11:7-10 March 8, 2020 I suppose that the most asked question in the universe is “why?” Because 2-4 year-olds ask that question so many times, no other question gets asked more often. But perhaps the next most-often asked question is, “what happened?” As in, “I just received this month’s credit card bill. […]Read More Sermon: What Happened???
What God Has Not Done (and Cannot Do) Romans 11:1-6 March 1, 2020 Rejection is hard. No one wants to be rejected and most people don’t like telling people, “No.” Sometimes saying, “no” is unavoidable, though. For instance, editors regularly have to tell authors “no” to book or article ideas. Here is how Brian Doyle, […]Read More Sermon: What God Has Not Done (and Cannot Do)