The Gospel in a few words

“…to believe the gospel is not only to accept the awesome truths that 1) God is holy, 2) we are hopeless sinners, 3) Christ died and rose again for sinners, and 4) this great salvation is enjoyed by faith in Christ-but believing the gospel is also to treasure Jesus Christ as your unsearchable riches. What […]

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Best books of 2021, so far

For all the hard things that happened in 2020, one of the best (for me) was that I was able to read more books last year than I read in many years.  My pace is slower this year, but I’ve still read about 55 books, so far.  Here are some of the ones I have […]

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Fighting for Church Unity

Unity in the local church is the goal of every church (or it should be).  It is not always easily or readily attained, as a newspaper account about a church in Wales a couple of generations ago testifies: Yesterday the two opposition groups both sent ministers to the pulpit. Both spoke simultaneously, each trying to […]

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Sermon: Liberty and Unity

Liberty and Unity Romans 15:1-6 August 1, 2021 I began praying for this church long before I knew the name of this church.  I knew that coming straight out of seminary to pastor a church that both the church and I would need particular attributes if we were going to thrive together.  Because I didn’t […]

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Sermon: Encourage One Another

Encourage One Another 1 Thessalonians 5:11 July 24, 2021 I love the story told by Larry Olsen in Outdoor Survival Skills: A guy has been lost in the desert for days. He’s out of food and water. His lips are parched, his tongue swollen. His legs are bruised and bleeding from crawling, his skin is […]

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Grab bag — evangelism edition

Some helpful articles I’ve bookmarked recently (or not so recently) on the topic of evangelism: “The Motivation of Evangelism” (Mike Riccardi) “Getting beyond ‘Do you believe in Jesus?’” (Jordan Standridge) “How To Share The Gospel With Roman Catholics” (Jordan Standridge) “How Do I Evangelize Someone Who Says That They Don’t Trust the Bible?” (Jordan Standridge) […]

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Pursuing happiness…

Comedian Rodney Dangerfield seriously said in an interview a few years before his death, “I have never been happy. My whole life has been a downer. Similarly, Katherine Hepburn once said, “I don’t know what one means by happy.  I’m happy spasmodically.  If I eat chocolate turtle, I’m happy.  When the box is empty, I’m […]

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Sermon: What Can We Eat? (Pt 5)

What Can We Eat? Answers About Liberty (Part 5) Romans 14:19-23 July 4, 2021 If one country wants to demonstrate its appreciation for and friendship with another country, they do what people do when they have friends:  they give gifts.  But what do you give a country that has everything?  That was the question the […]

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Sermon: What Can We Eat? (Pt 4)

What Can We Eat? Answers About Liberty (Part 4) Romans 14:13-18 June 27, 2021 Have you noticed how many times a day you are given warnings?  Among my favorites On a cup of coffee — “Caution: Contents Hot” (yes, isn’t that the point?) On a Dremel rotary tool: “This product is not intended for use […]

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Sermon: What Can We Eat? (Pt 3)

What Can We Eat? Answers About Liberty (Part 3) Romans 14:10-12 June 20, 2021 There are many things that can destroy the unity of the church.  Among the most effective tools that Satan uses is the tool of hypocritical pride that takes the form of judgmentalism.  Whenever we think we are superior to others in […]

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It’s been a year

“It’s been a year…” How often did you hear that lament last year?  And how much more often have you heard it this year?  It’s not only been a remarkably unusual year — it’s been a remarkably unusual pair of years — politically, medically, socially, religiously, and for many of us — personally. But when […]

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Sermon: What Can We Eat? (Pt 2)

What Can We Eat? Answers About Liberty (Part 2) Romans 14:1-9 June 13, 2021 Seventy-seven years ago, 76 POWs held at the German Stalag Luft III camp fled that camp through a tunnel they had dug under the camp to a location outside the fence of the camp.  They had actually dug three tunnels — […]

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