Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.24.18

Who will you serve today? Have you ever made an explicit commitment to Christ? Is God calling you to renew your commitment to Him? Are you ready to make an informed, total, and eternal commitment to God? Has your heart for God gone dry? How do our hearts dry up? How do we keep them […]

Preparing for Worship // June 24, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 24, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Of all the rituals and festivities that go on in a year, New Year’s Resolutions are one of my favorites. Collectively, the world unites on one night and resolves in a unified triumphant voice, “We will be better than we were last year!” For a […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.17.18

Do you take your sin as seriously as God takes it? Why does God take it so seriously? Why do you think we tend to overlook our sins? Are there any sins in your life that still need to be repented of? Reread the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-21) remembering their exposition through the book of […]

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 17, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In 2013, Matt Maher released a song titled, “All The People Said Amen.” It is a happy, uplifting tune about how we all need Jesus regardless of our backgrounds, and “giving thanks to the Lord for his love never ends.” It is one of those […]

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 – 06.10.18

Are there ways you have been grumbling against God? How is God calling you to respond to these things? How can you orient your heart to gladness? List some specific ways God has made you thankful. What has he delivered you from? What is he teaching you right now? Are you giving back to God […]

Preparing for Worship // June 10, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) “Count your blessings” is a phrase I often misuse. It is supposed to mean something along the lines of “stop and consider all the good things going on in your life,” or, “remember all the things that are going well for you right now.” I […]

Is Behavior More Important than Theology?

Is Behavior More Important than Theology?

In the book by Philip Gulley, we are given a common maxim in our world today: “Gracious behavior is more important than right belief.” Upon a first reading, there is room here for some common ground.  We certainly would agree that gracious behavior is something that should characterize the church (though there may be disagreement […]

Sermon Reflection Questions – 06.03.18

Who are the weak in your life that God is calling you to protect (if you can’t think of any, consider Luke 10:25-37)? Why does God call his covenant people to protect the weak? What are some practical steps you can take this week to protect the weak? In what ways does our culture try […]

Preparing for Worship // June 03, 2018

Preparing for Worship // June 03, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Based on personal experience, I would say that theme parks do not bring out the best of people. I remember a particular promotion at Legoland when every child wanted a foam sword and shield so they could all be knights and slay the evil dragon. […]