John Ruskin, a philosopher, naturalist, and artist wrote in the 19th century, “One can’t be angry when one looks at a penguin.” I spontaneously smiled as soon as I read that sentence this week. In a day when there are many opinionated and angry people, perhaps we need to look at more penguin pictures. Or […]Read More Of penguins, pandemics, politics, and parking lots
Relationships are essential. Relationships are a non-negotiable component of corporate church life and individual spiritual life. Relationships are not an added blessing like a favorite dessert after a satisfying meal. Just as fruit, vegetables, and protein are foundational to a good meal, relationships are foundational to life. We might survive without relationship, be cannot thrive […]Read More Men, Relationships, and Ministry in 2021
Grace Bible Church’s men’s conference next year will be held February 19-20 at Solid Rock Camp. Our speaker this year is Pastor Rick Holland. Rick is senior pastor of Mission Road Bible Church in Kansas. He is also the author of Uneclipsing the Son, which will be the topic of the conference. All registrants will […]Read More GBC Men’s Retreat
One of the blessings of COVID is that it has forced some changes into our lives that are ending up being good and helpful additions. That is true in ministry as well. For a couple of years, the leadership at Grace Bible Church has been contemplating how to communicate more effectively with the church body […]Read More Ministry update and encouragement
Here is the news for which our church has been waiting: we are planning to regather for corporate worship on Sunday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m., Lord willing. We have been thinking about, desiring, and planning for regathering for corporate worship for three months (since about 30 seconds after we made the decision to stop […]Read More Some principles for regathering Christ’s church for worship
At least during Covid-19, I’m doing at least one weekly video update about ministry at Grace Bible Church and a short meditation on something from Scripture. Here is this week’s update, from John 1:16:Read More Some reflections on John 1:16
Here is a short ministry update from Grace Bible Church, and a few thoughts about gratitude during Covid-19:Read More Coronavirus and gratitude
Here is the latest video update from the elders: The text of the updates can be found here.Read More Church and ministry update
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
Last year, in his series equipping men for friendship, David Gibson reminded us that “Friends don’t let friends skip leg day.” Workout days are hard. Workouts that focus on strengthening our legs can sometimes feel especially hard and we might be particularly tempted to skip leg workout days. Don’t skip leg day. And don’t skip […]Read More Arm yourself
Two weeks ago, Pastor Keith exhorted us that in thinking about the future of Grace Bible Church, we should be thinking in terms of prayer — that a God-honoring church is a praying church. Last week, we were given an example from Paul’s letter to Colossae of the kinds of prayers to pray, and how […]Read More Why pray?
How Shall We Pray? — A Prayer for the Future Colossians 1:9-12 August 18, 2019 We have remembered our church’s past. And we have remembered God’s faithfulness in our past. We have given thanks to God for His care for us over the past 40 years. Now what? As we said last Sunday, by the […]Read More Sermon: How Shall We Pray?
This past week, we gave thanks to the Lord as a congregation for His faithfulness to us over the 40 years of the church’s existence. A large amount of time, energy, and financial resources went into that celebration. Is it legitimate to do something like that celebration? Why should we be overt in our expression […]Read More Giving Thanks for 40 years of God’s Faithfulness
We Give Thanks to God Colossians 1:3-8 August 11, 2019 A tremendous amount of effort has gone into acknowledging GBC’s 40th anniversary. Hours and hours in planning, interviewing, designing logos, phone calling, ordering (food and shirts and…), setting up tables and chairs, mowing, marking parking, and more. Is it worth the effort? Is there value […]Read More Sermon: We Give Thanks to God
Much of life is ordinary and routine. Get up in the morning, get a cup of coffee, get the kids ready for school, go to work, come home, pay bills or mow the lawn, go to bed. Get up. Repeat. But periodically, circumstances change unexpectedly, and unusually joyful events are interjected into our lives. Babies […]Read More The Lord, Our Help — for 40 years (and counting)