It Takes a Church

Recently, at a dinner for RTS graduates, we were all asked to share reflections on our time in seminary. I had nothing to say. There were a couple factors at work, one being that I was the first person to go. But part of it was that I honestly hadn’t taken any time to reflect […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.27.18

What areas of your life are you not trusting in Christ to make you holy, either by not pursuing holiness or by looking to yourself to be holy? How do you need to pursue holiness in economic matters? Do you need to evaluate how you give? How you conduct business? How you loan money? How […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.20.18

Is there anyone in your life whose sin you are ignoring that you need to confront for their own good? Is there anyone whose sin you are unwilling to forgive, choosing instead to gossip and publicly shame them? What is your normal tendency in responding to people’s sin, ignoring it or overreacting to it? How […]

Preparing for Worship // May 20, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 20, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Our Scripture passage this Sunday covers a whopping two chapters. On top of that, there are a fair number of things in the text that are confusing for modern-day readers, especially in the first half of chapter 22. Deuteronomy 22:1-12 is a series of laws […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.13.18

Where is God calling you to fight the world? Where has God gifted you in ways that are different from others that allow you to fight as God calls you? Who do you know that needs to be rescued from being an enemy of Christ by sharing the gospel with them? Where in your life […]

Preparing for Worship // May 13, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 13, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When I was in high school, I did a weekend retreat at a local church. I don’t remember a lot about the weekend, but what I do remember was a little bit biblical and a little bit cultish (The climax of the retreat was on […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 05.06.18

Who are you harboring anger against that you need to repent of? Where do you see corruption or the taking of innocent lives where you can step in and protect the sanctity of life?

Preparing for Worship // May 6, 2018

Preparing for Worship // May 6, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) David Powlison refers to anger as “the dark, turbulent emotion of destruction.” Anger comes in many forms. There’s the explosive anger of a parent who has finally had enough of their child’s stubborn rebellion. There’s the seething anger of the man or woman whose roommate […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.29.18

What false prophets are there in your life and in the culture that make it difficult to listen to God’s true prophets? What makes it difficult to discern between sources of truth and sources of falsehood? Are you listening to God’s voice in the Bible? Are you spending consistent time reading His word? How have […]

Preparing for Worship // April 29, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 29, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) When I was a kid my parents liked to say that I had “selective hearing.” Basically, if they told me something that I wanted to hear, I heard them just fine, but if they told me to do something that I didn’t want to do […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.22.18

What kinds of attitudes towards authority do we see in the world today? What is your typical response to the leadership placed over you? What can you do to help support and provide for the leaders that God has placed over you? Where do you need to listen to the leaders that God has placed […]

Preparing for Worship // April 22, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 22, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Have you ever wanted to do something precisely because it was forbidden? Perhaps you see a “No Trespassing” sign and immediately want to trespass, or maybe as a kid, you desperately wanted to go into the room in your parents’ house with all the breakables […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.15.18

When was a time when you have experienced the perversion of justice in society? When have you been treated unfairly by a boss, parent, judge, etc.? When have you treated others unfairly? When have you judged others unfairly in your heart? How have you used your authority as a parent, boss, teacher, etc. in a […]

Preparing for Worship // April 15, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 15, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Each of us has an innate sense of justice. Deep down, we all believe that a person should be repaid based on what he or she does and how he or she treats other people. If you do a job and do it well, you […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.08.18

When recently have you experienced the saving, sustaining, or satisfying of Christ? How consistent is your Sunday morning worship? When you come to church do you do so as a joyful response to what Christ has done or because you think it’s what you’re “supposed to do”? What avenues of worship do you engage in outside […]

Preparing for Worship // April 8, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 8, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I love weddings (I mean, who doesn’t?). Actually, what I really love are wedding receptions, because they are parties with a reason for celebrating. Most of the events that we call parties are really just social gatherings: work parties, most Christmas parties, and most birthday […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 04.01.18

What doubts about Jesus are you struggling with right now? What do you need to do to address these doubts and live at peace with God? In what ways are you interacting with Jesus on a regular basis? Are these interactions marked by duty or delight? How well are you living in humble confidence? How […]

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

Preparing for Worship // April 1, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The gospel begins on the darkest day in history. But it is quickly followed by the brightest. The same Jesus who was crucified, died, and was buried, was then raised to life. Why was this the greatest day in human history? Because on Easter Sunday, […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 03.25.18

Are you tithing? Are you joyfully and generously giving to the poor on top of that? If not, what keeps you from giving more? When was a time when you lent someone money? What expectations did you have for that person? How might the radical generosity that God has shown you change the way that […]

Preparing for Worship // March 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // March 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Money makes the world go round.” There are probably few places in the world where this is truer than Charlotte. We live in a banking town where most people make their money working for a company whose business is to handle people’s money. But the importance […]