Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – November 17

10 Things You Should Know About Pride & Humility From Jonathan Edwards “No one has spoken with greater clarity on the nature of both pride and humility than Jonathan Edwards. Here are ten things we can learn from him. All citations are from Edwards book, Religious Affections….” Cain & Abel: More Than Sibling Rivalry “Cain and Abel may indeed be the …

Sermon Preview – Week of November 13

The preaching text for Sunday will be John 7:25-52. Jesus has left Galilee for Jerusalem, and it’s no surprise that we find him in the temple teaching. This isn’t a small ordeal, remember, we are in the middle of what is probably the most popular feast (Feast of Booths) that the Jewish people celebrate. John does a masterful job capturing …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – November 10

Your Church Should Make You Feel Uncomfortable A review of a new and important book, “Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community” God’s Not Really That Holy, I’m Not Really That Bad “The gospel helps us see things as they really are. The gospel says that God really is far holier than I dared even imagine and that …

Sermon Preview – Week of November 6

The preaching text for Sunday will be John 7:1-24. This chapter transitions us from Jesus’ ministry in Galilee to Jesus’ return to Judea. The unmistakable trajectory we see over the next few chapters is the escalating hatred for and opposition to Jesus that will ultimately lead to his arrest, trial and execution. Our text this week gives us insight into …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – November 3

Fishers Of Men “When Jesus came upon the two brothers, Simon and Andrew, repairing their nets by the Sea of Galilee, he spoke to them those familiar words found in Matthew 4:19. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” My experience has shown me that the words are familiar to the church, but the actual work perhaps not so much. How …

Sermon Preview – Week of October 30

This coming Lord’s Day our preaching text will be John 6:60-71. We come to the close of the “Bread of Life Discourse”, and unless we really slow down to picture what is happening in the closing verses of John 6 we venture to miss the magnitude of this event. The things Jesus says in this chapter are some of the …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – October 27

How Great The Light That Casts The Shadow A gospel reflection on Jude’s doxology. God’s Word Never Returns Void “I used to think that this verse was primarily about salvation. When I would pray for people who had heard the truth of the gospel, I would pray that God’s word would not return void in their lives. I saw it …

Sermon Preview – Week of October 23

Our preaching text for this coming Lord’s Day worship gathering will be John 6:35-59. This is a continuation of the “Bread of Life” discourse that Jesus began in the previous verses of this chapter. In the beginning verses of this discourse Jesus is revealing the purpose of the feeding miracle that took place the day before. He miraculously fed the …

Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – October 20

Reformation: A Visual Timeline A good way to get acquainted with the Reformation! Sola Scripture: A Scripture-Alone Life “God is glorious. Heaven is his footstool. Yet, the kind of person God gives his loving attention to is one who trembles at his Word. “Tremble.” Why “tremble”? Why not read the Bible like the newspaper? Because “the grass withers, the flower …

Sermon Preview – Week of October 16

This Sunday we are back in John’s Gospel and our preaching text will be John 6:22-35. Jesus has just miraculously fed a crowd somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 people. The recipients of this miracle want to force him to be their king, so Jesus sends the disciples across the sea to Capernaum and he retreats away from the frenzied …