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Are We Ecumenical?

Are We Ecumenical?

For some, the title of this post will be a head-scratcher. What is ecumenism? What does it mean to be ecumenical? For some, the title of this post might require a trigger warning. For some, there is a growing suspicion in your mind that this might be a mid-week post that you can skip. Please don’t skip this post! Two…

The Letter to Titus and the Blessing of Elders

The Letter to Titus and the Blessing of Elders

“We must venture upon men’s displeasure rather than neglect our duty.” —Adam Martindale Pastor Adam Martindale (1623-1686), lived in a tumultuous time when serving the Lord and following your conscience could cause a minister to lose his livelihood (position and salary). Church leaders of 17th century England often faced political and social challenges of a type that we have yet to…

Post-Roe Discussions (Part 2)

Post-Roe Discussions (Part 2)

This is a continuation of last week’s blog post. As we reflect on the legal and moral ramifications of the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, we should be preparing for more conversations with others about the issue of abortion. This week I want to share with you some responses to a question about the death penalty. What you…

Post-Roe Discussions

Post-Roe Discussions

Last Friday the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Since then, the number of questions that I have interacted with about abortion has increased dramatically. In an article from a few weeks ago, I pointed to some biblical passages that argue for the full humanity of pre-born babies. Today, I…

Fully Human

Fully Human

John the Baptist was unique among men in that he was, as far as we can tell, making much of Jesus from before his birth. This is seen in Luke 1:39–45 where Elizabeth, the mother of John was overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit when her child, John the Baptist, leaped in her womb at the presence of the baby Jesus…

Complete Patience and Teaching, Gentleness and Love

Complete Patience and Teaching, Gentleness and Love

 Last Sunday, we considered the origin of Peter’s bold gospel proclamation. In the book of Acts Luke focuses our attention on the power of the Holy Spirit of God to fill Christians with boldness in proclaiming the Gospel. Brothers and sisters, every age of this world is desperately in need of Christians who are bold with the Gospel, and our…

At Just the Right Time

At Just the Right Time

Remember when you were you were cruising down the highway making good time on your way home? That is until a never-ending row of orange traffic cones conveniently appeared ahead, and of course right in your lane. You carefully merge into the lane on your left which is now crawling at a snail’s pace. You see activity down the road…

Daily Treasure

Daily Treasure

For May 19, 2022 Dear church family, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was nicknamed the “Prince of Preachers.” He styled himself as the “last of the Puritans.” He was compared to “Great-heart” in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Some of his associates called him “Governor.” For authenticity, please pronounce that last title as “govna” and go full Cockney with it. His wife called…

Bare Tree and Little Wind

Bare Tree and Little Wind

Dear church family, This week and the next, we will feature and briefly present two books. Why present books to the church family? There are many, many reasons to focus occasionally on books: 1) Books are not screens. Books are made of paper. Books resist swiping; 2) Books don’t have batteries and will work during an extended power outage; 3)…

Head and Heart

Head and Heart

“Affection for God increases not through bypassing the mind but by means of it.”                                                                                                        –Tom Schreiner Jude encouraged his readers to “earnestly contend for the faith.” His use of the word “faith” in that passage means the teachings of the Lord as received and passed down by the apostles. The faith is what the apostle Peter is calling his readers to…