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.
I am in the midst of doing something, I have longed to do for years. I am preaching through Paul’s letter to Ephesians and more specifically I just finished preaching through what I consider the most beautiful, glorious and precious passage in the New Testament, Ephesians 2:1-10.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
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. I began this preface in mid-August and Lord willing it will wrap up some time around the beginning of April.… Continue reading
Apostacy is never a light matter and is always heartbreaking. When we hear of anyone walking away from the faith the appropriate reaction is always sorrow. It is always heartbreaking when someone who has professed faith in and reliance on God’s grace suddenly says God can keep His grace, because I have no need of it. And it is no less or more heartbreaking based on a person’s level of notoriety.
Recently a relatively well
known, in conservative Christian circles, person publicly announced his
apostacy. I’m speaking of course of Josh Harris. And since he so publicly (and
strategically) announced his apostacy there has been much public speculation about
what led to his apostacy.… Continue reading
One of the oddest questions I
get asked is how I knew I was called to ministry. I say it is odd because it
assumes some kind of mystical experience by which I knew beyond a shadow of a
doubt that I was set apart by God to minister, in a vocational sense, to His
people. Simply put, there is nothing in Scripture that indicates that is the
way God tells people to pursue vocational ministry.
Now some do have some kind of
experience where they suddenly have an overwhelming feeling that they should
pursue vocational ministry. But, as in all things, feelings are never to be
regarded as authoritative or even necessarily true.… Continue reading
I am unapologetically a book
guy, I always have been. For me books were a refuge and a comfort during a
childhood that although happy wasn’t always peaches and cream. As a young adult,
a city kid who moved to the mountain West, I learned a lot of the skills of
that turned me into a competent outdoorsman from reading and as a new Christian
in my late 20’s who had no Christian friends or relatives, along with being
discipled by faithful men, I learned a lot about how to live as a Christian by
reading. As I began pastoral ministry,
while also leaning on mentors, I also read, especially collections of letters,
to build my skill set as a shepherd.… Continue reading