Tips for Attending Church Online

1) Get ready for church, just as you normally do. Take a shower, put on a nice shirt, etc. You can skip the “We’re going to be late” panic. 2) Go to our website early (about 10:00 instead of 10:30) so you can download the bulletin, print it if you like a paper copy, and… Read More ›

Trust Not In Pastors

“Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation” (Ps. 146:3). “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man” (Ps. 118:8). In 303 ad the Roman Emperor Diocletian unleashed an aggressive campaign of persecution against the Christian Church. And by “aggressive… Read More ›

No New Doctrine

“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1). I’ve been your pastor for almost five years now. It’s hard to believe the time has gone so fast. I still think of myself as being fairly new here. I’m finding that one of the challenges of not being new anymore is the… Read More ›

Is Scripture Enough?

Is Scripture sufficient? Is it enough for us? Man has always been tempted to search for God on our own terms, rather than to seek him where he has promised to be. God has revealed himself in the Holy Scriptures. Do we believe this is enough? The mere fact that God has revealed himself there… Read More ›

Ignorance ≠ Innocence

“I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to do it.” What kind of apology is this? Is it the mea culpa kind? (Mea culpa is Latin for, “My bad.”) Or is it the kind where we try to justify ourselves? There are two basic kinds of apologies. The first is the kind where we acknowledge that we… Read More ›

God Wants Us to Know about His Wrath

God Wants Us to Know about His Wrath

God is just. He is righteous. He always does what is right. He always performs justice. And he wants us to know it. One of the ways God performs justice is by punishing sin. And one of the most famous demonstrations of this kind of justice is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19)…. Read More ›

The Living Dead

The Living Dead

In Ephesians 2 Paul insults his readers. And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in 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… Read More ›

The Myth of Autonomy

The Myth of Autonomy

Dear Christian, You are not autonomous. You are free, but you are not autonomous. There is a difference between freedom and autonomy. Autonomy means “self-government.” It comes from the Greek words autos, meaning “self,” and nomos, meaning “law.” To be autonomous means that you are a law unto yourself; you can set your own rules…. Read More ›

Read It

Four months ago I encouraged you to make 2019 a year of reading the Bible. I have been very encouraged by how many of you have committed yourselves to do this. I know many of you have stuck with it. I also know some of you have gotten behind. That often happens with any kind… Read More ›