Sermon: Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy – Why Practicing What You Preach Matters

“Orthodoxy and Orthopraxy:  Why Practicing What You Preach Matters” Romans 2:17-24 May 22, 2016 A few years ago, Washington state Representative, Jack Metcalf revealed that the U.S. Forestry Service and a Washington state agency were working together to spend $18,000 to dye rocks on a scenic route to the Cascade Mountains brown and gray. It […]

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Sermon: Is God Fair? Pt. 2

“Is God Fair?” Pt. 2 Romans 2:12-16 April 17, 2016 When I was in seminary, the professor for an introductory missions class had the same assignment for his students every year. They were to write a short paper answering the question: “will the heathen who have never heard and responded in faith to the gospel […]

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Sermon: Is God Fair?

“Is God Fair?” Pt. 1 Romans 2:12-16 April 10, 2016 We love children and we love the things children say and do. Let’s face it — they’re cute and the things they do are cute. Like the little girl, who when she was told by her parents, “I love you,” regularly responded, “I love me, […]

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Sermon: A Day of Reckoning, Pt. 2

“A Day of Reckoning” Pt. 2 Romans 2:8-9, 11 April 3, 2016 There are many misconceptions about God, Christ, the Bible, the cross, the resurrection, and many other biblical doctrines. But perhaps the most dangerous truth to misunderstand is the truth about Hell and God’s coming judgment. Inaccuracies and vagueness about Hell are prolific. Consider […]

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Sermon: A Day of Reckoning

“A Day of Reckoning” Pt. 1 Romans 2:6-7, 10 March 20, 2016 Annie Dillard, in her book, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, writes: “A couple summers ago I was walking along the edge of the island to see what I could see in the water, and mainly to scare frogs.…At the end of the island I […]

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Sermon: God’s Day of Wrath

“God’s Day of Wrath” Romans 2:5 March 6, 2016 We like to celebrate special days and holidays. So each week we remember the work of Christ for us on Sunday. And of course in a few weeks there is Easter and we just finished Christmas. And we also like a few lesser known holidays, like […]

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Seeking Christ’s righteousness

We utter the words of Matthew 6:33 quite easily — “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  But what does seeking the righteousness of Christ mean?  Is this an opportunity for chest-thumping legalists to rejoice in their accomplishments?  No. “The righteousness we are to seek has […]

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Anxiety and God’s righteousness

Jesus was concerned to correct false views of righteousness.  As an example, Jesus’ most famous sermon — the one given on the mount (Mt. 5-7) was given largely with a view of revealing God’s standard (and provision) of righteousness.  The problem, as Jesus revealed it, is that there are competing forms of righteousness and none […]

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Book blurbs

In the interest of “something is better than nothing,” here are a few blurbs and comments on some books I’ve recently completed reading: Title: Bringing the Gospel Home:  Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well Author: Randy Newman Publisher:  Crossway, 2011, 216 pp., $14.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Summary: Newman not […]

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