January 12, 2015

Some of you are thinking, “I already believe in eternal security.” But why do you? What’s your proof, chapter and verse? “Be ready to give an answer to any man who asks of you of the hope that lies in you.” This will strengthen your position. And it will deepen your appreciation for what it is you have in Christ, and it will cause you to want to live a Christ-like life because of that appreciation. Read more

January 9, 2015

The end of the year has come and gone. Have you even thought about any New Year’s resolutions yet – you know, those decisions you make every year to shed a few pounds, get in shape, stop smoking, and basically just start getting our lives back in order? There’s something about starting a new year that forces most people to want to make some resolutions. We like the idea of putting an old year behind us, along with all of its frustrations and mistakes, and starting over fresh and new. Read more

January 5, 2015

After we had our miscarriage I was surprised to learn how many other couples had gone through them. I had no clue how many there were. Statistics tell us that about 15-20% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. But, our culture has a strange desire to not talk about this issue. I suppose I understand some of the desire to keep it a secret – it’s unsettling, traumatic, and sometimes embarrassing. We don’t want to talk about it.  Read more

January 3, 2015

Nebraska is a story about failed expectations, both spoken and unspoken, in families.  Although it did not make a lot of money in theaters, it was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  The look of the film, from its landscapes to its black and white photography, gives it the feel of a classic, and this is already a film I’ve gone back to re-watch a couple of times. Read more

December 31, 2014

I saw a lot of 2014 releases, almost 60, which is more by this time of year than in any previous year. There were a few happy reasons for this. 1) I went to the Telluride Film Festival last year and some of those films were not released until this year. 2) I moved from a town with one theater to a city with over a dozen. 3) Online viewing has continued expanding. 4) My wife loves watching movies also, so date night agrees with my biggest hobby. Read more

December 22, 2014

My encouragement to you, this Christmas, is not to seek so much to understand the things of this world that trouble you, but rather to seek the newborn Savior, whose peace “surpasses ALL understanding” (Philippians 4:7). While I agree that we should all work hard in our desire to “let there be peace on Earth”, I don’t think the cry for that peace should be “and let it begin with ME”. Rather, let it begin with a Holy God of redemption, incarnate in the form of a tiny baby in a manger. THAT is where true peace begins. That is “the thrill of hope” in whom “the weary world rejoices”. Read more

December 11, 2014

To believe our covenant children should be baptized apart from a personal, living, repenting, faith is to completely miss the entire reason for baptism. It’s to belittle the significance of faith and it’s centrality in the New Covenant. Romans 6:3 tells us baptism is a kind of participation in Christ’s death, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death”  Read more

December 8, 2014

Being a pastor is one of those jobs everyone thinks he understands, but few really do. I had no idea what it was going to be like myself. So after 20 years of experience, here are 11 things some of us wish you knew. Read more

December 6, 2014

There’s only one character in the new film All Is Lost. If this character were an unknown actor, or even a known actor you didn’t care about, it would be opening in two theaters or going straight to DVD. The fact that it’s Robert Redford, who at 77 years old a living legend who may not be around much longer, makes this movie feel important. At an hour and forty-five minutes and with much less dialogue and music than its predecessor Castaway, there aren’t many actors who could hold our attention until the end. Redford does, and makes us feel every moment. Read more

December 2, 2014

Regardless of where you fall on the issues surrounding Ferguson, you watched and listened because you desired to see good prevail (in whatever that means to you) and justice upheld. The problem is that “justice” may mean something different to you than it does to me, or the rioters. Therein lies the big problem. Sin has a way of skewing our perception of reality. It warps it. Our natural desire for justice becomes distorted, mixed with pride; it becomes an ugly, self-justifying, animal. Read more

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