Being a Disciple

In our adult Sunday school this past week, we worked through the remarkable chapter of Mark 10. It is my contention that the entire chapter – though making numerous theological points – sets up for us a contrast between those who do not clearly/accurate see what Jesus’ mission is (the Pharisees, the rich young ruler, ...

Command and Promise

Regarding 1 Samuel 23:4-5, Woodhouse writes in 1 Samuel – Looking for a Leader (p.448): “Notice the close connection between the command and the promise. The command is to ‘Go’ and do something that would normally be terrifying. The promise changes that: ‘for I am giving the Philistines into your hand.’ The command alone seems ...

Philemon – Fellowship in Grace

Audio: Please click here to listen to the sermon Video: Please click on the video below to watch the sermon     A Prayer for Effective Fellowship Philemon 1:1-3  Our letter begins with Paul once more in prison. And yet also Paul once more encouraging others Philemon 1:4-7  It must have been greatly encouraging to ...

I Samuel 12 Renewing the Kingdom

Audio: please click here to listen to the sermon. Video: please click the video below to watch the sermon. Out with the Old and in With the New? I Samuel 12:1-5  Samuel begins his speech by establishing his credentials before the people – he has led with complete ________. Nobody can rightly say that life ...

Twine Them About the Hill…

Let there never be any doubt that the Lord delivers His servants… Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon. And Saul and his men went to seek him. And David was told, so he went down to the rock and lived in the ...

Evangelism and God’s Sovereignty

“Why should missionaries continue to labor in the hardest parts of the world with limited success, or no success at all? Because they are confident that God will have a people for himself from every tribe and language and tongue and nation. And so they stay. …God’s sovereignty is fuel for our faithfulness–not a deterrent ...

Christians and Depression

David Murray, pastor and professor, recently wrote a book entitled Christians Get Depressed Too which I’ve thought had the potential to be a good resource for Christians who struggle with depression and yet feel that it is somehow unspiritual to seek help (it isn’t!). About a week ago, I came across a series of videos ...

I Samuel 11:1-15 Allegiance to the King

Audio: please click here to listen to the sermon Video: please click on the video below to watch the sermon.     The First Test for the New King I Samuel 11:1-4 A city in the land of Saul’s tribe is put under siege by the Ammonites. Eventually, the leaders of the city ask for ...

Will Christ be enough?

From Jared Wilson – this is well worth reading as we consider that Christianity isn’t about self-actualization, or about getting the perfect dream job, or about going to the perfect college, or never arguing with your spouse… “One of the problems I have with all the ‘chase your dreams!’ cheerleading from Christian leaders is not ...

Difficult Topics

From the introduction to “Does God Desire All to Be Saved?” (which I would encourage you to read for free here) by John Piper: When climbing from lowlands to mountaintops, one must often pass through clouds. That’s the way it has been for me all my life as I have tried to get the best ...