READING THE BIBLE (3): As the Revelation of God’s Majesty

In this series of posts we’re exploring the different ways the Bible confronts the reader and the appropriate response to each. #3 – THE BIBLE AS REVELATION OF GOD’S MAJESTY Christians often take the mind-blowing fact of God’s self-revelation for granted. Our faith stands or falls on the foundational belief that God has stooped to…

What Keeps Me Awake? Pt. 3

I worry we’re preaching the love of Christ while ignoring the wisdom of Christ. I worry we’re raising up a generation of Christians shaped by the shallow and spineless gospel of the Beatles: “All you need is love, love, love.” Yet, take away wisdom and all you have a bunch of “foolish lovers” driven along by fluctuating emotions and trendy causes. Love must be accompanied by wisdom. Wisdom guides us to love rightly.

What Keeps Me Awake? Pt. 2

What keeps me awake at night is wondering if all of my pastoral efforts are actually producing disciples. Are we just keeping people busy with programs and gatherings, or are people being gradually (and imperfectly) formed into Christlikeness? I felt Paul’s exasperation lately over his beloved church when he wrote, “Oh, my dear children! I…

Martin Luther: Comforting the Sick

I know the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is over, but I just happened upon an old essay I wrote on Luther’s pastoral approach to the sick and dying I found interesting. Martin Luther’s book Comfort For the Sick and Dying provides a window into his faith and theology as it is worked out in the face…

What Keeps Me Awake? Pt. 1

Every Christian should want to know what keeps their pastor awake at night. What is his/her greatest longing and burden for his/her congregation?  I’ve been asking myself this question a lot as I prepare for the next year at MainStreet Covenant Church. It’s year seven or so in the life of this church. The excitement…

READING THE BIBLE (2): As God’s Book of Promises

In this series of posts we’re exploring the different ways the Bible confronts the reader and the appropriate response to each. #2 – THE BIBLE AS GOD’S BOOK OF PROMISES The Bible is a treasure trove packed full of the enduring promises of God. When life’s troubles trip us up and get us down, when…

READING THE BIBLE (1): As Divine Encounter

I want to repost a series exploring the many different ways God speaks to us through the Scriptures.  #1 – THE BIBLE AS DIVINE ENCOUNTER There is a significance difference between examining God’s written Word on the one hand and having a personal encounter with the Living God through our reading of His Word on…