Does The Universe Have a Wonderful Plan For Your Life?

Every worldview worth its philosophical salt must address the question of metaphysics, that is, what is the nature of reality? Followers of Jesus need to be able to know both what the Bible teaches and how that teaching interacts with the popular view of the culture. What is ultimate reality like? Is it the universe?… Continue reading Does The Universe Have a Wonderful Plan For Your Life?

Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

Sometimes at Park Community Church (Forest Glen) worship gatherings, we take text-in questions from the congregation. It is one of my favorite things to do and a practice I recommend. Back before I went on paternity leave (Aliza and Baby Josephine are both wonderful and healthy, thanks for asking), I taught on James 2:1-13. My big idea… Continue reading Is Predestination the Same as Favoritism? (Some Further Reflections on James 2:1-13)

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)

Why does it take us so long to ask for help?

In the biblical book of Judges, we get an accounting of the history of ancient Israel before the monarchy was established. During this period, there was no king, the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes (often with disastrous moral consequences), and the nation as a whole descended along a downwardly-spiraling track of… Continue reading Why does it take us so long to ask for help?

One Sure-Fire Way to Grow in Spiritual Health this Summer

Before we begin, join me, for the sake of argument, in assuming two things: You have a spirit. Your spirit could be healthier. Your spirit is the deepest core of who you are.  It's the truest essence of "self" that you have. It's your very life. When your spirit departs your body (i.e. when you… Continue reading One Sure-Fire Way to Grow in Spiritual Health this Summer

Why Does God Allow Evil In The World?

This topic has come up a  couple times in recent days, so I wanted to just bang out a few thoughts on it. What follows is not a full, scholarly treatment on Problem of Evil (in any of its various philosophical formulations). However, I hope it might be helpful to you, the next time someone… Continue reading Why Does God Allow Evil In The World?

Serving with Hope in God’s Household (A Sermon Skeleton of Titus 2:9-15)

Titus 2:9-15 (Author’s Translation) 9 Slaves are to be subjugated to their own masters in all things, to be acceptable, not contradicting, 10 not embezzling, rather demonstrating all good faithfulness, in order that they may adorn the doctrine—that of our savior God—in all things. 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to… Continue reading Serving with Hope in God’s Household (A Sermon Skeleton of Titus 2:9-15)

Hello friends & family!

What’s going on with my family lately: a post from my wife Aliza about our son.

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My name is Aliza Settecase and I am a mom to three beautiful children, Jakob (3.5 years old), AnnaSophia (2 years old) & Lukas (10 month old.)  I never saw myself as being a stay at home mom, but I was thrust into the role when I lost my job at 35 weeks pregnant with my second born, AnnaSophia.  At the time I was angry with my company for putting my family in this situation at such an inopportune time, as I was the SOLE bread winner for our family at the time, but God knew better.  I have absolutely LOVED staying at home with our kids and feel blessed by my new role.

That being said the road has not been an easy one for me and my family.  After losing my job, Joel, who was in seminary full time, was able to find a full time position at a…

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