a family of faith
seeking to boldly proclaim Jesus Christ
by loving God and serving our neighbors.

Romans 1 (Good As Your God)

July 7, 2019 Tim Keller wrote: “You can never break any of the other commandments without breaking the first…idolatry is not one sin among many…all our failures are, at their root, based on idolatry.” Each of us has a guiding principle, an organizing thought behind our decisions—rather that guiding principle is family, or country, comfort, […]

Romans 1 (You Say)

June 16, 2019 As we are exploring prayer, and what it means to live by faith, I felt called to go deeper into Paul’s letter to the Romans, the fullest, longest, and deepest of Paul’s letters in its discussion of faith, salvation, and the Christian life. So I’m beginning today a sermon series on Romans, […]

Acts 2 (Church on Fire)

June 9, 2019 Diana and I were in the car one day when she started giggling, then outright guffawing, and I had no idea why. “Diana, what’s so funny?” I asked. She responded, still laughing, “this song!” “What’s so funny about it?” I asked. The song was by Rend Collective, and it was called “Build […]

John 17 (Give Way Together)

May 26, 2019 The World Christian Encyclopedia cites that there are 33,000 different Christian denominations. When you look at that number, it’s clear it’s kind of inflated—the Encyclopedia counts some groups whose beliefs fall outside mainstream Christianity, and also counts different groups within denominations as denominations—for example, it counts 242 denominations within the Roman Catholic […]

Matthew 26 (The Cup)

May 19, 2019 When I was a youth pastor, I pulled my share of all-night lock-ins. Young people love the idea of staying up all night…to the dismay of parents and youth pastors. The Bible tells us that Jesus pulled an all-nighter before His greatest test, on the night before his trial, suffering, and death. […]

John 11 ( Being Heard)

May 5, 2019 As a parent, I’ve come to the conclusion that anyone who thinks they have all the answers to parenting just hasn’t lived long enough. One reason for that is that I have three children, and just when you think you’ve got something figured out, the next kid is completely different. For instance, […]

1 Corinthians 15 (A Different Game)

April 21, 2019 Spoiler alert: Jesus wins! The term “spoiler alert,” according to Google, originated on or about June 8, 1982, when, in the infancy days of the Internet, a Star Trek geek used the phrase “spoiler alert” before mentioning a detail about the plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.  It’s a […]

Luke 19 (In the Savior’s eyes)

April 14, 2019 In one of the earlier episodes of the TV series M*A*S*H the doctor known as “Trapper” gets diagnosed with a stomach ulcer.  Although initially upset about having to deal with a hole in his gut, Trapper soon beams with joy when his bunkmate Hawkeye reminds him that according to Army regulations, Trapper was going […]

Habakkuk 3

April 7, 2019 The dancer Martha Graham wrote:   “Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.”  Habakkuk is not a hero of the Bible we tend to hear much about, like Moses or David or Elijah. Not many Sunday-school songs get written about Habakkuk, and few sermons get preached about him. In fact, […]