Pastor’s Study Notes

A Nehemiah Series of Indeterminate Length

Dear church family, For the next little while, and it is impossible to be very precise about these things, we are going to be moving through the book of Nehemiah.  Nehemiah is much more than a book about leadership, wall rebuilding, and returning exiles, although it certainly includes those things. Some of the key themes of Nehemiah are as follows:…

What makes life Life?

“Life is an excellency added to being.” –Thomas Goodwin If you could ask God for anything at all, what would it be? David asked God for a long life and the Lord answered his request:   O Lord, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults! 2 You have given him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the…

The Power of Friendship, Part Two

“The best mirror is an old friend.” –George Herbert Amid increasing anxiety and approaching suffering, Jesus called his disciples by a new name, “friend.” (Luke 22:41-45; John 13:21; 15:12-15) The word signaled intimacy, sacrifice, and an understanding that the secret counsels of God would not be hidden from them. (Exodus 33:11; Job 29:4; John 15:15-16) The Puritans understood the power…

Prepared, Passionate, Prayer

Dear church family, I am doing a lot of reading on prayer. A lot. Mucho reading. That’s Spanish for, you guessed it, a lot of reading. I am reading recent books on prayer, like Tim Keller’s Prayer(2016). I am reading old books on prayer, like Thomas Goodwin’s The Return of Prayers(mid-1600s). I am reading Victorian books on prayer (too many to list).…