Blog Posts from 2014

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today III -“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”(Matt. 5:4)

    Two weeks ago we began to consider the second Beatitude, pronouncing blessing on those who mourn. We noted what this mourning isn’t: it isn’t joyless sorrow; it isn’t the sorrow of bereavement; and it isn’t superficial regret. But if we are to begin to live...

    Pastor's Perspective on Aug 20, 2014

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today 2 -“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”(Matt. 5:4)  

    In this second beatitude the radically counter cultural ethic that governs life in Christ’s kingdom stands out in sharpest relief.  

    “Our civilization is devoted to fun. The ideal life, it seems, is one continual party. Drink hard, play hard...

    Pastor's Perspective on Aug 13, 2014

    New Life in Christ: The Beatitudes for Today 2 -“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”(Matt. 5:3)

    In Luke’s account of the Beatitudes Jesus is recorded as having said, “Blessed are the poor” (Luke 6:20). Matthew’s account (5:3) makes Jesus’ meaning clear. The poor in view are those whose poverty of spirit demonstrates their blessed status. The blessed are the...

    New Life in Christ: the Beatitudes for Today Part 1

    Today we begin a short series looking at the Beatitudes. In an age when there are a multitude of voices claiming our attention and offering us ‘wisdom’, we badly need clear direction in the way we should go. How shall we live in our world in a manner that is both pleasing to God and good...

    Pastor's Perspective on Jul 30, 2014

    Dear Friends,

    “Salvation belongs to the LORD!” These are the climactic words of Jonah’s famous prayer from the belly of the fish (Jonah 2:9). Standing at the very heart of the book, they rise, like a mountain peak, above every other theme in the landscape of the story, driving home the big idea: God, the sovereign Lord, alone saves sinners! These words of a runaway prophet are...

    Pastor's Perspective on Jul 23, 2014

    Dear Friends, 

    In Philippians 4:4 we read Paul’s famous exhortation, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” There are three things worth considering here. First notice that it is a command. Paul here commands joy. The word for joy, or one of its cognates, is used some sixteen times in the letter to the Philippians. It is a major emphasis of the apostle’s message...

    Pastor's Perspective on Jul 16, 2014

    Dear friends,

    There is currently a debate within the Reformed community on the great doctrine of sanctification. It’s an important discussion with far-reaching implications for our Christian lives, and it’s worth taking a few moments to consider it together. It should immediately be said that the issue under discussion is not whether Christians are called to be holy. Thankfully, on this all agree. Rather, the issue...

    Blog Entry on Jul 12, 2014

     Tomorrow we will partake of The Lord's Supper in our morning worship service, and I thought this excerpt from the chapter titled "The Two Feasts" would be helpful as we prepare our hearts to come to the table. 

    Pastor's Perspective on Jun 11, 2014

    Some Advice on Evangelism (Part 2)

    This is part two of  the Pastor’s Perspective. Part one of “Some Advice on Evangelism” ran in the June 4 issue of The First Epistle.

    Don’t tell them everything at once. It takes a whole gospel to make a whole Christian, as the saying goes. But if you are sharing that gospel in the context of a relationship, you do...

    Some Advice on Evangelism

    This is part one of a two-part Pastor's Perspective. Look for part two in next week's First Epistle.

    All Christians ought to share the gospel with those around them, if for no other reason than that we are called to love our neighbors, and what kind of love is it that helps with lesser, temporal needs while assiduously ignoring the greatest...