I have the awesome privilege and responsibility of preaching at Sunrise Community Church. The pulpit has been adequately described as the golden ball and chain. I never thought I’d preach regularly but now I wouldn’t trade it. As for what and how I preach, I’m committed to preaching the gospel of Christ through the sequential exposition of Scripture. Thankfully, our elders and church family expect me to preach messages from the Bible. For this legacy and expectation, I’m profoundly grateful.
In the past year or so, I’ve starting a running tab (mentally until now) of all the topics I’ve been encouraged to address from the pulpit.… Continue reading
“Be a Berean.” This command references the Bereans response to the Gospel message they heard when Paul and Silas preached to them in the synagogue of the Jews. The Jews in the synagogue heard the message and responded by going away and studying Scripture. “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). When we issue this command to people, we are asking them to be discerning about what they hear and make sure the teaching is inline with Scripture.… Continue reading
It is an opinionated world these days. Everyone seems to have an opinion about everything. It has always been like that. What seems to have changed these days, is that now most everyone seems to want to share their opinion, it even seems that many feel compelled to share their opinion. I get this from the world in the age of social media, but believers in Christ should know better. Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, the only appropriate comment for a Christian to make is no comment.
In his excellent book, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges wrestles with the doctrine of God’s Providence as it relates to the difficult circumstances of life. Bridges summarizes the doctrine of God’s Providence this way: God’s “constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people.”
For the sake of understanding, he goes on, “…note the absolute terms: constant care, absolute rule, all creation. Nothing, not even the smallest virus, escapes his care and control.”
To the ears of some, the idea that not even the smallest virus escapes God’s care and control may sound like a fairly radical (and perhaps ridiculous) idea. … Continue reading
Scripture disallows seeking peace at any price. Some apologists argue that even believers must draw the line somewhere to stand up to the forces of evil. Wherever one stands, Christians need to be pro-active. As Friesen, Langan, and Stassen observe in their introduction to Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War, “terrorism requires more than an ethic that says terrorism is unjust, it requires an ethic that points to practices that prevent it.” Some events create a time for war rather than a time for peace — when it would be un-Christian to not act unspeakably toward someone, perhaps a terrorist or terrorist organization.… Continue reading