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Dr. David Strain was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds degrees from Duncan Jordanstone College of Art, Trinity College Glasgow/School of Divinity, the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, and Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Free Church of Scotland in September 2003, and has held pastoral charges in London, England, and Columbus, MS. Since May 2013, David has served on the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson and was installed as Senior Minister in May 2014. He was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) in 2016.

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

But today we conclude, as I say, the prophecy of Micah. And one of the things we have noticed, a feature of Micah’s prophecy, is the way that he holds two things together. He sort of alternates back and forth between them. On the one hand there is a remarkable honest and realistic view in Micah of the problems of his own immediate context. The elites in Micah’s...

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

We have been working our way steadily through the book of Micah and we’ve come to the penultimate chapter this evening. Micah really has been alternating back and forth between an oracle of judgment and rebuke on the people of Israel, the northern kingdom, the people of Judah, the southern kingdom, alternating back and forth between that an a promise of coming blessing in the age of Messiah...

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

The first half of Micah chapter 5, really, you could say is also about a leadership transition. In verse 1, the Assyrians deliver a devastating insult, really a devastating insult for an ancient near eastern king. Look at verse 1. “With a rod, they strike the judge of Israel on the cheek.” So, it’s a way of graphically demonstrating the utter contempt with which the Assyrians hold this...

The Gospel of Mark

We come tonight to the famous story of Jesus walking on the water, coming to the disciples who had begun, you will remember, to cross the Sea of Galilee in a boat ahead of Him, leaving Jesus behind them on the shore. And we’re going to notice three things in the text. First, this is a story about revelation - God revealing Himself in Jesus Christ to His...

The Gospel of Mark

When I was a kid in the UK, I used to watch “Doctor Who” every week. “Doctor Who” - is that something you know about? Some of you are looking at me blankly. I suppose not! I think there’s a reboot of “Dr. Who” that’s still available. When I was a kid, it was a very popular British sci-fi show in which the doctor, he traveled through time...

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

If you look at chapter 4 for a minute, you’ll see it falls into two sections, each section distinguished by the time in which it takes place. In verse 1 and again in verse 6 you’ll notice that this first section takes place “in the latter days.” That’s how verse 1 is introduced. Verse 6 continues, “in that day.” So, 1 through 8 is the first section of...

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

We began to consider the message of Micah a few weeks ago. We turn now to these two chapters were Micah continues his oracle, his message of rebuke and discipline on wayward Israel. Israel is divided into two kingdoms - the northern kingdom takes the name “Israel,” the southern kingdom the name, “Judah,” but they are God’s people. Micah has an oracle of warning and judgment for them...

The Gospel of Mark

Over the last year or so when I’ve had opportunity to preach for a few weeks on Sunday evenings we’ve been engaged in a series looking together at the gospel according to Mark. And so let me invite you to take a Bible in hand and turn back there with me again this evening. Mark chapter 6. We are considering the words of verses 14 to 29 which...

R. A. Finlayson, in his magnificent little book, The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord, which you should try to get ahold of if you’re looking for something edifying and helpful to read, The Cross in the Experience of Our Lord, by R. A. Finlayson, he recounts a saying that he had heard of among the Scottish people. He said this, “There’s a strange idea among the Scottish people...

Do Justice, Love Kindness, Walk Humbly

So what do we learn about Micah and Micah's prophecy? Well, first we should take notice of his name. His name means, "Who is like the Lord?" from which I think we can infer at least that it was a godly family from which Micah has come and they're concerned for their child, much like the covenant parents who were having their own children baptized today, is that...

You’ll notice there’s not a single word of prayer in Psalm 103. Psalm 103 is not addressed to God. To whom is this psalm addressed? Verse 1, you’ll see actually it begins and ends the same way, verse 1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul.” Verse 20, “Bless the Lord, O you...

Rooted

So these remaining verses of Colossians 4, at first glance, may appear slim pickings for rich teaching. But actually, if we take some time and look a little closer, I hope we'll see that what Paul is doing is providing some lived examples that put flesh on the bones of the skeleton of truth that he's been teaching in the body of the letter. We all benefit from...

Rooted

Now in verses 5 and 6, our focus this morning, his concern is still with the promotion of the Gospel and its advance in the world. Only now he seeks to enlist the Colossians themselves as evangelists. So last time in verses 2 through 4 we thought about the place, pattern, and priorities of faithful prayer. Today we’re going to think, in verses 5 and 6, about the...

I want you to have some sense of what kind of story this is. The Christian message centers on the fact of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It’s not a metaphor or a symbol for some abstract spiritual experience. It’s not a myth concocted by the religiously deranged or a deception deployed by the strong to manipulate the weak. It is a fact of...

The Gospel of Mark

In the passage we are considering tonight, really verses 7 through 13, Jesus will call the twelve disciples together and He’s going to send them out in pairs on a mission of their own. And if you put these two sections of this chapter together, verses 1 through 6 and 7 through 13, you can see part of the point. Jesus’ reception at Nazareth and His mission in...

The Gospel of Mark

For most of Mark's account of Jesus' ministry thus far, Jesus has been preaching and teaching in and around the Galilean town of Capernaum. That's been His adopted home base. At the end of chapter 3, we learn that Jesus' mother and brothers came down to Capernaum from their family home in Nazareth where Jesus was raised to persuade Jesus to stop all this preaching nonsense and to...

The Gospel of Mark

We've been working our way through the gospel of Mark Sunday nights, and tonight we've come to two intertwined stories that deal with Jesus' power to heal. Jesus has been preaching and teaching around Capernaum and he has crossed over the Sea of Galilee to the Gentile region of the Gerasenes. And now in verse 21, we're told He and His disciples have crossed back again over the...

Rooted

We are in a section toward the end of the letter now where Paul is applying to the Colossians’ lives the implications of what it means to be united to Jesus Christ, to be “in Christ.” Last time, beginning in verse 18 of chapter 3 through verse 1 of chapter 4, Paul spoke about the Christian family, the household, and the implications of being united to Jesus for...

The Gospel of Mark

For several weeks now we’ve been in chapter 4 where Jesus began teaching beside the Sea of Galilee. Mark tells us that the people who were attending His ministry were so numerous that He had to make use of a boat. He got into a boat and taught them from the water while the crowds listened from the shore. And the various parables that we were considering in...

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