• Read through the Bible, Part 20

    Posted Aug 14th, 2016 By in Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 20

    Psalm 88 – 105; Romans 5 – 10 Some years ago a prominent Christian radio program sent one of their producers to a pastors’ conference to ask attendees if they knew what the theological word justification meant. The answers were tragically revealing. What was so sad was how many who were asked couldn’t articulate an …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 19

    Posted Aug 7th, 2016 By in Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 19

     Week 32; Psalm 70 – 87; Acts 28:11 – Romans 4 When I was growing up, “queer” was what we called the effeminate boys who always got picked last during the pick-up football game during recess on the dirt lot out behind school. In my lifetime and in my vernacular queer has always been used …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 19

    Posted Jul 3rd, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 19

    Job 8 – 29; Acts 6:8 – 10:8 Any honest reader of the book of Job has been startled by its message. It’s a story like no other. We love tales of rags to riches. But this is a story of riches to rags to riches. It’s a story of a man who has it …

  • General Assembly Dustup

    Posted Jun 26th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on General Assembly Dustup

    Last week Ruling and Teaching Elders from across the world gathered in Mobile, Alabama for this year’s General Assembly. It was our denomination’s 45th GA. The denomination’s choice of location reminds me every year that our roots are in the south and that is, with a few exceptions, where our largest and most influential churches …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 18

    Posted Jun 19th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 18

    Week 24, Ezra 3 – Nehemiah 11; John 18 – Acts 2:13 One of the cool things about reading through the Bible in a fairly straightforward manner is the way we are confronted with the outworking and flow of the history of redemption. Today’s reading and tomorrow’s remind us of a watershed event in the …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 17

    Posted Jun 12th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 17

    2 Chron. 18 – Ezra 2; John 13:21 – 17 After Jesus’ resurrection he greets his disciples with the simple word of peace (Jn. 20:26). Deeply rooted in the Hebrew tradition and equally rooted in the Hebrew word, Shalom, Jesus’ announcement of peace is so simple and yet so profound. The risen king who possesses …

  • Read through the Bible, part 16

    Posted Jun 3rd, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, part 16

    1 Chron. 27 – 2 Chron. 17; John 10:22 – 13:20 As we move into 2 Chronicles this week in the OT readings we are presented the accomplishments of Solomon as the kingdom transitions after David’s death. And they are remarkable. Under Solomon the nation is the stability and legacy of a place in the …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 15

    Posted May 29th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 15

     1 Chronicles 7 – 26, John 7:37 – 10:21 We continued last week reading through the book of John. In 7:53 – 8:11 we read the story of the woman caught in adultery and Jesus’ famous response to her accusers, “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 14

    Posted May 22nd, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 14

    We just started reading through John’s gospel. His opening salvo is profoundly Trinitarian: In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God (Jn. 1:1). Today is Trinity Sunday. Today is the day on the church calendar when we pause to remember in a very pointed way our …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 13

    Posted May 1st, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 13

    2 Samuel 11 – 1 Kings 6; Luke 18:35 – 21 Luke’s version of the Olivet Discourse is recorded in chapter 21 (cf. Matt. 24-25; Mk. 13). In this discourse Luke describes the end of Israel as they know it. Not one stone of the magnificent temple will be left untouched (21:6). The whole chapter …

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