On Making the Most of Christmas

I originally wrote this as part of my weekly letter to Park FG and a follow-up email exchange. Thinking About Why We Celebrate Christmas Advent starts this Sunday and lasts for four weeks leading up to Christmas Eve. But have you ever considered why we celebrate Christmas at all? After all, Colossians 2:16 says we shouldn’t let… Continue reading On Making the Most of Christmas

Some Further Reflections on John the Baptist and Predestination (Luke 1:1-17)

John's Significant Life Today I had the privilege of opening up God's word and teaching from Luke 1:1-17 on the subject, "The Life of Significance." In Matthew 11:11, Jesus says that of everyone born up to that point, John had been the greatest. Together as a church body, we looked at three traits of John… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on John the Baptist and Predestination (Luke 1:1-17)

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Thanksgiving

Can we talk about thanksgiving? No, not the holiday, the attitude. Or we might say, the desire. That is, there is in each of us the innate desire to be grateful for the good things in our lives. We want to give thanks. Is it possible that the gratitude we feel when we experience goodness is… Continue reading This is Apologetics: an Argument from Thanksgiving

Some Further Reflections on Community (Galatians 6:1-10)

Yesterday I preached at Park (Forest Glen) on the subject of community from the text of Galatians 6:1-10. I opened with a story from my own life about a period when I was in dire need of the fellowship and support of a church family, but I also avoided it because of the sin in… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on Community (Galatians 6:1-10)

This is Apologetics: Presup Starter Pack

As I explained in my first article, I started this blog in order to, "share with you the books and articles I'm reading, the videos I'm watching, the sermons and podcasts I'm listening to, and the discussions I'm having--in the hopes that you can use this resources to build up your own faith and develop… Continue reading This is Apologetics: Presup Starter Pack

Does the Bible Make a Distinction Between Elders and Pastors? (Some Further Reflections on Church Leadership from Ephesians 4:11)

Sunday I preached from Ephesians 4 on the subject of church leadership. You can listen to the audio from my sermon here. This post is in response to a text question I received, asking, "Does the Bible make a distinction between elders and pastors?" This is a great question, and I'll try to do it justice. When… Continue reading Does the Bible Make a Distinction Between Elders and Pastors? (Some Further Reflections on Church Leadership from Ephesians 4:11)

Some Further Reflections on “Scripture Alone” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching God's word to my church family at Park Community Church (Forest Glen).  I preached on the "content of the church," focusing in on the doctrine of Sola Scriptura--that Scripture alone is the foundation of the church. You can read my sermon notes here. The "big idea" was that, "Scripture… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on “Scripture Alone” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Some Further Reflections on the Definition of the Church (1 Peter 2:4-10)

Last Sunday at Park Community Church (Forest Glen), we started a new teaching series. I got to preach on 1 Peter 2:4-10, answering the question, "What is the Church?" The question is a crucial one, because if we, as the church, miss God's definition of what we are supposed to be, then we will miss… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on the Definition of the Church (1 Peter 2:4-10)

This is Apologetics: an Argument from Guilt

Have you Ever Decided It Was Right to be Wrong? Have you ever done something you knew was wrong--not something you had been told was wrong, but something you actually believed was wrong, that you chose to do anyway?   And when you did that thing, did you feel guilty? Not because you got caught--in fact, I mean… Continue reading This is Apologetics: an Argument from Guilt

Some Further Reflections on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)

On Sunday, I preached on Matthew 28:18-20, the passage in which Jesus gives to His 11 remaining disciples the "Great Commission." And the big thing Jesus wants His church to be pursuing is discipleship--making people into followers of Him. Of course, evangelism--the announcing of the evangel or "good news" about Jesus, is bound up with discipleship. Below… Continue reading Some Further Reflections on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)