First Glance: Mark 15:33-34

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” (which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Mark 15:33-34) There are many different ways to approach a biblical text in order to... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Learning to Kneel

We have spent the last couple weeks looking and listening together to what God’s word has to say about our place in the body of Christ (all of us have gifts to be used for God’s service) as well as the particular roles of elder and deacons. As we finish this focused time, I want... Continue Reading →

Sermon: The Role of the Deacon

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to 1 Timothy, chapter 3, beginning in verse 8. 1 Timothy 3, beginning in verse 8. 1 Timothy is toward the end of the New Testament, tucked between Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians and his letter to Titus. It is the first of two letters Paul... Continue Reading →

First Glance: 1 Timothy 3:8-13

“Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 3:13 It seems rare to find someone genuinely excited to serve in church leadership. Many elders and deacons sigh when ‘their turn’ comes around. We all do the work well, but the work can be... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Luke 3:15-22

But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch, because of his marriage to Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.” (Luke 3:19-20 John the Baptist was never known for being subtle. Or gentle. Or tactful for that matter.... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Repentance

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, December 13, 2015] This Advent, we are listening together to the message of John, son of Zechariah, better known as John the Baptist. Each of the four gospels begin with John - the message and the mission of the man crying out in the wilderness. Only after we... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Luke 3:1-14

“In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Taconites, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilee - during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of the Lord came to John son of Zechariah in... Continue Reading →

Review: Bavinck on the Christian Life

John Bolt, Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service. Crossway, 2015. Herman Bavinck has greater influence than name recognition. At the turn of the twentieth century, he worked tirelessly with Dutch prime minister and theologian Abraham Kuyper to shape the movement of Neo-Calvinism. His writings have influenced more recognizable theologians such as... Continue Reading →

First Glance: Judges 11

And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: “If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering." (Judges 11:30-31) The more troubling the... Continue Reading →

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