For the best several years I have been privileged to participate in The Grace Advance Mid Atlantic (GAMA) equipping conference. The theme of this year’s conference was a biblical view of suffering (you can listen to some conference audio here with more to come in the near future) and I was blessed to give a seminar on shepherding someone in the midst of suffering.
this is something I know a lot about. My wife suffers profoundly from an
MS-like demyelinating disease of the brain. She has significant gait problems, diplopia,
bouts of optic neuritis among other symptom, but the most impactful symptom is
chronic extreme neurogenic pain.… Continue reading
Over the last couple of months I’ve been preaching through a series on what the Bible says about the present-day ministry of the Holy Spirit; how the Holy Spirit works today. As I’ve been coursing through the teaching of the New Testament on the ongoing works of the Spirit, what has stuck out to me are the repeated connections made in Scripture between the work of the Holy Spirit and what we might regard as the ordinary patterns and practices of the Christian life. When we compare the emphasis of Scripture in regard to the ministry of the Holy Spirit to many (most?)… Continue reading
I know it is hard to believe,
but Christmas is just around the corner. I was more than a little dismayed that
upon returning from our annual Fall vacation, I found that the candy corn and pumpkins
had been replaced with shortbread cookies in the shape of pine trees and
artificial wreaths at my local grocery store.
While I’m not exactly sure why
Thanksgiving has been blacklisted but it seems to be the Christmas season now,
so in the spirit of the season I thought I would a few suggestions of books
that will make great gifts.
On Loan From the Lord by Erica Siebert
I’ve often heard people say they
know there are faithful men doing great things for the Lord in complete
anonymity. … Continue reading
As a Christian, and as a pastor, one of the things that frustrates, and quite frankly saddens, me the most is how some who claim the name of Christ behave on social media. I get that sitting behind a keyboard provides an emboldening buffer for many, but for those who claim the name of Christ, this ought not to be. Even when it comes to online interactions God looks on the heart. This is supremely important. So let me be clear; Christian be nice!
When I say be nice, I am saying treat others, including unbelievers and Christians you disagree with, in other words everyone, with kindness gentleness and respect.… Continue reading
The relationship between
faith and works as it’s described in the Bible is not a very complicated
one. “If you love me you will keep my
commandments,” says Jesus. “If you live
according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the
deeds of the body, you will live,” says Paul.
“Faith without works is dead,” says James. Or as John says plainly, “Whoever says, ‘I
know him,’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not
in him.” At least one major takeaway
from all of this is that genuine faith in Jesus Christ – the kind that is
required for a person to be brought into right standing with God – is a fruit-bearing
faith. … Continue reading