John Chester

About John Chester

John serves the saints of Piedmont Bible Church, a Grace Advance church plant in Haymarket Virginia, as their shepherd, a position he has held since 2012 and hopes to serve in the rest of his life. Prior to being called to ministry John worked as a lacrosse coach, a pizza maker, a writer, a marketing executive, and just about everything in between. John is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and The Grace Advance Academy. He hails from The City of Champions, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and is unbelievably blessed to be married to his wife Cassandra.

Book Review: Girl, Wash Your Face

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Being a pastor is a high calling, but a very strange job.  And one of the strangest things I do is to read bad books. Not bad in the sense that they are poorly written, but bad in the sense that though they purport to be Christian resources they are so deeply flawed they are not just non-edifying, they are dangerous to the believers who read and are influenced by them. And I just read a doozy, Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (published by Thomas Nelson).

I know that there was more buzz about this book a few months ago, but I actually wanted to take the time to read it, and besides, it is still the best selling Christian book according to the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.Continue reading

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Reprise: The First Christmas Gift

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xmas picAs we move through the Christmas season, so often despite our best intentions, we can lose the proper focus. We know that there is no Christmas without Christ, but we can become practical secularists, worried about making sure there are enough cookies baked, that the house is ready for the arrival of out of town guests and of course that the right presents are purchased, wrapped and delivered to the right people.

But as we celebrate Christmas, it is of the utmost importance that we remember the first Christmas gift ever given. I am not referring to the gold, frankincense and myrrh brought to the Christ child, but to the Christ child Himself.… Continue reading

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Root Your Faith In The Old Testament

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I recently finished up the first part of a two part preface to a planned verse by verse exposition of the Gospel of John and this past Sunday, I started on part two. I don’t think that is so unusual, especially among churches where preaching and teaching is taken seriously. In churches devoted to expository preaching introductory messages are often preached before a new sermon series. What is unusual is that part one of this preface was a verse by verse exposition of all of the Servant songs of Isaiah and part two will be an exposition of all of the songs of ascent, Psalms 120-134. … Continue reading

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Reprise: So You Think You Are a Red Letter Christian?

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“Red Letter” Christianity is kind of a hot topic these days. If you spend much time in the Christian blogosphere (which presumably you do if you are reading this) you are sure to encounter writers, thinkers, the occasional pastor and especially commenters, who proudly proclaim themselves to be “Red Letter” Christians. Whether it is referring to those involved in the formal organization headed by Tony Campolo (I know he would likely object to the description a formal organization and him as the head but that’s what it is and that is what he is) or just to individuals who self identify that way the basic idea is that they follow Jesus’ teachings, the things in red typeface in red letter editions of the bible, as a kind of canon within the Canon.… Continue reading

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Loving The Unlovable: A Theology

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Over the past few years I have been honored to participate in the GAMA conference hosted by Hope Bible Church in Columbia, Maryland. And it is by far my favorite conference, sure Shepherd’s conference is great, and I have been blessed every time I have been to Together for the Gospel, But for my money GAMA is my favorite, and the reason is that there is no one famous. And that is a great encouragement, because the great teaching and preaching is coming from men who pastor small churches in our part of the world; God is at work building and equipping His church, even when you don’t hear about it.… Continue reading

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