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Should We Tithe?
As a child, my parents taught me to tithe. The word tithe simply means “tenth”. And so, I was trained to give God ten percent of what I earned because it all belongs to Him, and that this giving was an act of worship. My wife and I practice this, and we are training our … More Should We Tithe?
Love Like Your Heavenly Father
It's undeniable that children resemble their parents. Whether it's the color of their hair, their mannerisms, their temperaments or even something as simple as their smile. When we look at Jesus' words in Matthew 5:43-48, He showed us the big idea of His exposition on the Law: "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly … More Love Like Your Heavenly Father
Love Wholeheartedly
The Pharisees were no quitters. In their concern to maintain power and the status quo of the day, they constantly assaulted Christ. Every attempt to belittle the Lord Jesus had resulted in the Pharisees utter failure. Yet, their inability to walk away from spiritual debates with Christ led them to one more great exchange. The … More Love Wholeheartedly
Judge Me
Jesus desires for none of His disciples to be hypocrites. Jesus in the latter portion of His Sermon on the Mount shifts His focus so that His disciples’ eyes can be opened to the nature of God, of His justice, our hidden sin, our hypocritical ways and the solution to it all. In what is … More Judge Me
Without Vision, the People Perish
When you enter our little church in the Central Pennsylvania countryside, the first thing you’ll notice is an old brown sign. These words are written in an old English font, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). I remember being struck by the words when I first entered the building back in … More Without Vision, the People Perish
God is For Us
If someone asked you to show them what God's love looked like what would you do? We know that the love of God does not have a color. The love of God does not come in a boxed set. You cannot order it from a store. It is odorless, tasteless, and invisible to the naked … More God is For Us
Healed to Serve
As we look at Christ in Matthew 8:14-17, we find another unexpected miracle at the hand of Jesus. He had already done the unthinkable in touching and healing the leper, and then aiding a gentile centurion by healing his servant. Now the scene moves towards Christ entering the home of His disciple Peter. As we … More Healed to Serve
Peace In Repetitive Liturgy
If you have been watching the worship services for Christ Reformed Church while in quarantine or have read much of our literature, you have certainly noticed that we are a liturgical congregation. What you may not have known is that Pastor Angelo and I did NOT grow up in a setting of repetitive, printed liturgy … More Peace In Repetitive Liturgy
Ask, Seek, Knock
Have you ever been tempted to give up praying for someone or something? You had spent all this time and effort hoping and praying and it just seems as if God has put you on hold, so to speak. When we work through the Scriptures and drink in deep the living spring that is God's … More Ask, Seek, Knock
Dust to Dust
I have a garden. I didn't always love it. In fact, it was only a couple years ago that my wife and I truly began to try our hand at the green-thumbed task. We still have so much to learn, and have made many, many mistakes. But there is one thing I've grown to love, … More Dust to Dust
Sourdough Anyone?
One of my favorite things about the Bible is that God so regularly uses the ordinary images in our world to teach us great lessons. Whether its a prophet in the Old Testament ripping up a new robe to teach an object lesson to a king-to-be, or even the Lord Jesus Christ who so regularly … More Sourdough Anyone?
What Are You Waiting For?
The book of Malachi is the very last book of our Old Testament. It's a rather short book, only four chapters, and yet thoroughly substantive in content. God and His perpetual covenant faithfulness is thrown into the spotlight, and is contrasted with the perpetual unfaithfulness of His people. God was actually wearied by His people! … More What Are You Waiting For?
Where’s God When I’m S-Scared?
If you were a Christian in the early 2000’s, you probably know right where this is going: Veggie Tales. (No shame if you were not or have no idea what I’m talking about. But not knowing about Veggie Tales in the church is like not knowing about the Simpson’s or Elvis Presley in Hollywood. Do … More Where’s God When I’m S-Scared?
Worship As a Family
Our children and grandchildren are precious gifts. As parents and grandparents, you may know that that children are not an indifferent matter. They need food, water, shelter, and clothes. But even more than that, a child needs to feel safe, to be loved, to know that they are heard. Just as we are comprised of … More Worship As a Family
An Open Letter to an Overwhelmed Parent
Dear overwhelmed parent, you are not alone. If your family is anything like mine, your extroverts are dying for social interaction and your introverts are energized and ready for people again, leaving everyone at each other’s throats. Days are long, nights are short, and everyone is always looking for a snack. If the kids aren’t … More An Open Letter to an Overwhelmed Parent
He is Risen Indeed
I have an obsessive personality. Depending on the subject, that may very helpful. As of recent I’ve returned to my love for guitar. However, one other obsession has been a prayerbook of the English Reformation called “The Book of Common Prayer” (1662). If you’ve never been acquainted with it, it’s a fascinating tool meant to … More He is Risen Indeed
Lord of the Sabbath
It is no coincidence that as soon as Matthew writes that Jesus promises rest to all who come to Him in chapter eleven, that the next passage deals with the Sabbath. The Sabbath institution was given to man as a gift in order to establish a regular rhythm of rest into their lives (cf. Gen. … More Lord of the Sabbath
And Now, We Wait
As I write these words, it’s a beautiful Spring afternoon. The sun is cutting through the trees, which are dancing with the wind. The birds are fluttering about and everything around seems ordinary. Yet somehow, “ordinary” is the very last word any of us would use to describe our present situations. We leave our homes … More And Now, We Wait
Ways to Grow While at Home
Stuck inside, and want to make the most of your time? Consider some of these options. Here are some recommendations courtesy of Messiah's Reformed Fellowship (URCNA). Communicate- Flip social distancing into distant socializing! Write letters to each other, especially to the older men and women of CRC Alexandria, and other members of other churches you … More Ways to Grow While at Home
The King is Still Near
Due to the extraordinary events surrounding the globe at this point in time, I’d like to direct your attention to one of the more famous stories of the life of Christ: the stilling of the storm. This story appears in 3 of the 4 Gospels. In each account, the very last words are spoken directly … More The King is Still Near
He Bears You Up
There is a mountain that I’ve often hunted on near my home. There is a beautiful trail near its peak. As you walk, if you are able to keep your chin up along the way, you can peer out over the horizon and see for miles on end. A year or so ago, my son … More He Bears You Up
Take Up Your Cross
One of the most dangerous invitations in the English language is “Follow me.” Why is that? In one sense, the usefulness of such an invitation is dependent upon the character or training of the person making it. The phrase “Follow Me” appears 23x in the New Testament. With one exception, every time the invitation comes … More Take Up Your Cross
Barren Tree, Bear Fruit!
In Matthew 21:18-22, the Lord Jesus comes upon the Temple and is quite busy. He cleansed the Temple with a whip in hand. He publicly embarrassed the chief priests and scribes who had forgotten the simple beauty of children praising God for His goodness. After a good night’s rest, the Lord Jesus was returning to … More Barren Tree, Bear Fruit!
You Are Not Hopeless
The great Protestant Reformer Martin Luther once said, “God can draw a straight line with a crooked stick.” Have you ever felt like a crooked stick? As if somehow your past prevents you from being used by God. Maybe you’ve even felt as if your past baggage continues to stand in the way of your … More You Are Not Hopeless
The Quest for Comfort
Everybody wants to be loved. Everybody wants to be accepted, to feel safe, to feel like they belong. Sadly however, people do not always find themselves in such situations, whether by their own doing or by their circumstances. In fact, life in many ways can be described as a quest for comfort. So often this … More The Quest for Comfort
I Am Not the Batman
For a very long time, Batman was my favorite superhero. As a kid, I idolized the Michael Keaton era Batman for all of his power, gadgets, and abilities. What six-year-old kid didn’t! However, as I grew older and continued my admiration for the Caped Crusader, I found a special affinity for the Batman of Christopher … More I Am Not the Batman
Rebels AND Saints
Far too often, life is taken for granted. Whether it be the simple joy of seeing the beauty of creation in the leaves dancing in the trees courtesy of the afternoon breeze, or the embrace of one we love. You and I have been given so many wonderful gifts by our God; both in everyday … More Rebels AND Saints
Worship Jesus
Jesus is a remarkable man. Whenever we follow Him through the Gospels we find the miraculous exuding from His presence. At this famous account we find another such miracle. In Matthew 14:22-36, the Lord Jesus reveals the extent of His lordship over creation. Matthew says, "Immediately He urged the disciples to embark on the boat … More Worship Jesus
God Comes Upon His Temple
As a child, I always loved newspapers. While I was a student in a Lutheran elementary school, I decided to try to begin a school newspaper. However, upon bringing this idea before my principal she recommended that I produce a proposal. Whether it was my primary school aged hubris or pure inability to imagine a … More God Comes Upon His Temple
Why Pastors
What is the job of a pastor? I’ve often heard the joke go around that it must be great to be a pastor because you only have to work one hour a week. Now there are shameful pastors who are in fact lazy, and will be held accountable to the Lord for everything they have … More Why Pastors
Thou Shalt Not Kill?
What is a Christian response to armed violence? Now that is a charged question for you! As the nation continues to divide itself over various moral issues, inevitably the question comes forward: How should a Christian respond? Normally these sort of ethical discussions are reserved for coffeeshops and pubs, Sunday school classrooms, and even pulpits … More Thou Shalt Not Kill?
Look at Yourself
Just this week I had the pleasure of speaking with a pastor friend of mine in India. We have been speaking and praying with each other for little over a year now. I cannot help but feel encouraged every time I have the privilege of speaking with him. Following our conversations, I am often reminded … More Look at Yourself
Mystery of Mysteries
The Bible, as THE BOOK of books, holds within its volumes the actions of God in creation. We learn much of God's actions with man, both in righteous wrath as well as, His merciful hand of redemption. But one particular doctrine has always been central to the church: the blessed Trinity. When we gather to … More Mystery of Mysteries
Give As You’ve Been Given
Jesus is concerned with how you respond when other's wrong you. We've all been in a situation where someone has wronged us in some way. Perhaps we've had a boss who lives to make our life unbearable, or maybe even a family member who loves to see us squirm. Whether in these situations or others, … More Give As You’ve Been Given
Don’t Abandon Each Other
In such an instant gratification society, it's easy to see why one of the greatest concerns in our day is missing out on something better. We live in a world where commitments are as fear inducing as rattling snake. The concern is always in limiting one's potential by being grounded somewhere, with someone or for … More Don’t Abandon Each Other
A Time of Testing
For many of us, we often see our lives as a flipbook of the mundane. Our schedules become repetitious, and thoroughly predictable. But in the midst of this string of the ordinary, God may come, and present to us a defining moment in our lives. A moment when our actions will have repercussions that may … More A Time of Testing
His Death is Your Life
Do you know that you need Jesus's death to reconcile you to God? Jesus said "the bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh." (John 6:51 ESV) Jesus Christ had to die in order to forgive our sins. Lighting a candle could not do it. Putting some money in … More His Death is Your Life
A Spiritual Feast
When was the last time a stunning pice of art caused to stop what you were doing and consider it? Art has this remarkable ability to draw us in, and consider something familiar from a new perspective. In many ways, the arts allow us to most reflect our Creator God in one of His most … More A Spiritual Feast
Admit Your Need
Have you ever met someone too proud to admit that they need help? I know this is something that I wrestle with. Why is it that none of us want to rely on other people? Ultimately, because we want to be God. This base rebellion is at the core of our desires towards sin; we … More Admit Your Need
Wealth or Wonder?
If you had the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world for free – would you do it? For many of us, such a trip isn’t often taken because of the reality of jobs or other responsibilities. There may even be health restrictions. But most likely, the main reason we are not avid globetrotters is … More Wealth or Wonder?
The Reformation and Sausages?
One of the joys of being a pastor who loves Church History is seeing patterns echoed throughout the life of the Church. There are wonderful examples of pastors who have cared for their sheep, praying for them when they wouldn’t pray for themselves, or when God, in spite of wicked pastors, comforted His people through … More The Reformation and Sausages?
The Myth of Hopelessness
What do you find to be the most relevant passage in the Bible for our world today? I guess that all depends on where you focus your eyes. We are all too often busy living as a modern-day Narcissus. Not in that sense of presuming our beauty to overwhelm every other creature in the valley, … More The Myth of Hopelessness
God’s Irresistible Grace
Do you remember that delightful thing called winter? I imagine many of you are already lamenting the cool breeze of autumn, and are hissing at the very thought of winter knocking on our doors. But I have to admit (the chagrin of many) that I love winter. And I especially love blizzards. I always enjoy … More God’s Irresistible Grace
The Dangerous End of the Merciless
One of my favorite functions on a computer is the “undo” function. Whether I find myself working on an email or even paper – mistakes always happen. Hours of effort can be saved by the push of a single button. Now I am quite found of older things. Truly I have a great love for … More The Dangerous End of the Merciless
Why Are You Called a Christian?
Our world is full of questions, most of which we find to be utterly trivial. But others are of such vital importance that their answers contain life-altering consequences. Some answers are the absolute highpoints in our lives, "It's a boy!" or "She said YES!". But others are far graver. Jesus put forward a question to … More Why Are You Called a Christian?
David’s Greater Son
In our world today, Jesus is often called many things; some positive, others far less than that. Some titles for Jesus include the great teacher, the Prophet, another good man, a social activist, etc. When we observe Matthew's Gospel in Matthew 9:27-31 a new name is cast upon him, one which has yet to be … More David’s Greater Son
Do You Know What Your Problem Is?
Jesus and the Pharisees rarely got along; understatement of the year, I know. But when two opposing ideas claim ultimacy, conflict can only ensue. Christ, as our great prophet, priest, and king, reveals to us all that God desires, and all that He has provided to His church. In exchange of Matthew 15:10-20 between Himself … More Do You Know What Your Problem Is?
When Home Isn’t Safe
For many of us, home comes in various shades and lights. Home may be a simple farm in an open field, or an urban city block where kids play handball. Whether or not your home was in the field or the city, home should be a place of joy and rest. Sadly however, this is … More When Home Isn’t Safe
Forgetful at Heart
Our memories are fickle things aren't they? Have you ever thought about what blessings they are? We take for granted the ordinary things: "I left my keys by the door," "I've already locked the door," etc. Indeed, there are tremendous lessons and experiences housed in the three pounds that dwell between our ears. We've all … More Forgetful at Heart
The Family of God
Jesus says many unexpected things throughout His earthly ministry. Without a doubt, if you've read through any of the four Gospels you've come across something Jesus said which has left you scratching your head; Matthew 12:46-50 is one such section. Jesus had been speaking to the crowds, teaching them about the Holy Spirit, Himself, and … More The Family of God
Grasping For Peace
One of the issues we regularly concern ourselves with in our world is that of anxiety. The very mention of the word can lead us toward a heart palpitation. There are very serious causes to consider when we wrestle through such matters. There may be truly vital issues at work to cause our distress, or … More Grasping For Peace
Certain Peril from Without
The year was 1415, in what was then Czechoslovakia on the 6th of July, a pastor was burned at the stake by the Church of Rome. His crime was declaring that the Scriptures alone have the inspired words of God, that no bishop on earth, nor any Church council could equal the authority vested in … More Certain Peril from Without
Spiritual Resilience
When I think about reading the Bible I often liken it to walking through a forest, full of varying trees and leaves. As you stroll through the wood you can enjoy both the particularities and as well as the wider views. Matthew 15:21-39 can best be enjoyed from a wide-eyed view because these three scenes … More Spiritual Resilience
Divine Simplicity
By guest blogger, Dr. Jeffrey Waddington. Dr. Waddington has been a close friend and mentor to Pastor Angelo Valle over the last few years. We appreciate his insight on one of the most important features of theology, God Himself. Perhaps you have not heard of the doctrine of divine simplicity. Or maybe you have heard … More Divine Simplicity
Pastoral Confessions
One of the most influential books in my life was written by a pastor in North Africa at the tail end of the fourth century. He was by all accounts the most influential pastor outside of the Apostle Paul. This pastor's name was Aurelius Augustine (A.D. 354-430). His work simply titled "Confessions" was his autobiographical … More Pastoral Confessions
Worship is a Family Affair
One of my earliest memories at church was seeing my father on his knees in a church pew praying before every service. Every week, he would enter our church sanctuary and then pray. I never forgot that image. He did not do this as a means of looking "holier than thou"; he did not do … More Worship is a Family Affair
Spiritual Forgetfulness
Have you ever found yourself looking for something only to forget what you were looking for? One issue I regularly wrestle with is remembering things. As any of my family or friends can remind you, rather quickly (and with far too hearty a nod) I am a forgetful individual. I regularly find myself walking out … More Spiritual Forgetfulness
Amen and Amen
Have you ever felt as if God was far off, and your life as a Christian seemed pointless? For some of us, there may be points in our lives where we believe that our present situations are too far gone for God to repair, to save, or even redeem. Here we see most clearly what … More Amen and Amen
Times of Testing
There are only a few certainties in this life. Those often highlighted are death and taxes. But if we look at Scripture seriously, and even our own experiences, we know that another certainty must be added to our former list: temptation. The Lord Jesus knows that the life of His disciples will not be easy … More Times of Testing
An Answer to Anxiety
The other night, my family and I got out a bit late from yet another church meeting. Perhaps occupational hazards for pastors’ kids. But the kids were great throughout the meeting and displayed the excitement and relief all the participants felt after the final dismissal. By the time we finished putting away the crayons and … More An Answer to Anxiety
Forgiven to Forgive
One of my favorite computer functions is the "undo" function. Whenever I'm in the middle of typing an email, or even an article like this, each time I make a mistake I'm grateful for the power of the "undo" function. The function has saved me countless hours of correcting mistakes. I can't imagine the headache … More Forgiven to Forgive
Our Neediness as a Gift
The people of Jesus' day were very familiar with the Old Testament. They knew about God’s miraculous acts for Israel while they wandered in the wilderness under Moses. During that 40-year period, God provided heavenly manna daily for His people. God strengthened them, and fed them from His hand every single day throughout their unexpected … More Our Neediness as a Gift
Your Will Be Done
Jesus, in His third petition of the Lord's prayer, teaches us to pray to God saying, "Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10). But what exactly does it mean to pray this? And why is Jesus having us pray in this way? As we look through the Scriptures, we … More Your Will Be Done
Kingdom Come
The book of Matthew has sometimes been called, "The Book of the Kingdom". Through it, we see so often in the forefront that the Lord Jesus is pre-occupied with the work of the Kingdom from beginning to end. But what is the Kingdom of God? And what are we praying for whenever we pray the … More Kingdom Come
Set God’s Name Apart
As we continue looking at the Lord's Prayer, we see the very first petition written by Christ in prayer is not what we would expect. We might expect that the first petition in prayer might be for world peace, or to abolish poverty, or for hunger to be conquered. And yet, though all those things … More Set God’s Name Apart
The Definition of Family
Today is Mother’s Day. Soon it will be Father’s Day. At some point it will be Grandparents Day. As I walk down the aisles at Walmart, I can’t help but think about people who may not have someone to send a card to, for one reason or another. I think of the someone who never … More The Definition of Family
Our Heavenly Father
Jesus wants His disciples to know how to pray. It is so often difficult for people to pray because they assume there is a select vocabulary to be used for prayer or that it can only be done by "religious people". But what Jesus wants His disciples to know is that prayer is not between … More Our Heavenly Father
Pray Like Christ
On a scale of one-to-ten, how would you rate your personal prayer life with the Lord? Are you regularly meeting with God to pray beyond the dinner plate? For the most part, Christians are excellent and fervent in prayer over breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As a child my favorite was, "God is great. God is … More Pray Like Christ
The Lord Will Provide
“Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?... But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things … More The Lord Will Provide
Healed to Serve
As we look at Christ in Matthew 8:14-17, we find another unexpected miracle at the hand of Jesus. He had already done the unthinkable in touching and healing the leper, and then aiding a gentile centurion by healing his servant. Now the scene moves towards Christ entering the home of His disciple, Peter. As we … More Healed to Serve
You Can’t Stop Now!
Have you ever been tempted to give up praying for someone or something? You had spent all this time and effort hoping and praying and it just seems as if God has put you on hold, so to speak. When we work through the Scriptures and bask in the living spring that is God's Word, … More You Can’t Stop Now!
The Honor Outweighs the Cost
When was the last time that you were seriously afraid? Your heart raced. Your mind began to play tricks on you. You were certain that the unthinkable was going to happen. Perhaps your great fear isn't found in a group of wandering microbes, but all of us struggle with fears and anxieties. Perhaps we fear … More The Honor Outweighs the Cost
Christ Our Prophet
Our world does not need a prophet to see the reality of chaos and pain. In seasons of uncertainty we seek out the wisdom of our loved ones, yet we know that their wisdom is still limited. Should we look to history or philosophy, we already know that the result will be the same. So, … More Christ Our Prophet
Christ Our King
As a kid, one of my favorite games was chess. Whether it was playing on the computer, with my cousin or some friends after school; I loved that game. Now the wonderful thing about this game is that whether your chess set is digital, made of wood, marble or whatever, the goal is always the … More Christ Our King
Christ Our Priest
One thing I love about kids is that there is not beating around the bush with them. Simply put, they tell it like it is. They may say "I'm hungry," or "This tastes bad," or "Why is he so ugly daddy?" and the like. We often like to think of ourselves as far more complicated … More Christ Our Priest
Post Tenebras Lux
Have you ever noticed that when people introduce themselves, the first thing to follow their name is quite often their occupation? And though there is nothing wrong with this particular practice, is the heart of our identity merely what we do? Is it true that who you are holds no weight on what you do? … More Post Tenebras Lux
God Cares For His People
When was the last time you had a great trip? Some of my favorite memories with my wife include our trips to visit family and friends. We have a young family, and so our adventures have gotten a tad bit more complicated. And as you can imagine, our adventures do not begin when we arrive … More God Cares For His People
Reverence and Awe
Water is something we take for granted every day isn't it? We are thirsty, so we open the fridge. If our hands get dirty, we wash them. For many of us, the warmth in our home comes by means of water rushing through pipes, creating the most annoying bits of racket, which of course causes … More Reverence and Awe
The Sabbath is for Singing
The Church has historically understood the centrality of the Lord's Day, Sunday, and the importance of setting it apart for public worship. Christians have most chiefly perceived such acts as the means of honoring the fourth commandment, which demands that Christian honor the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. But why ought we to sanctify the … More The Sabbath is for Singing
A Bloody Mess
There are few things as naturally alarming to a person as the sight of blood. You may find that even the idea of blood causes all sorts of reactions amongst people. For some, the idea of blood is inherently vile, causing stomachs to churn. In others, we find a relative indifference, whether it be due … More A Bloody Mess
A Battle Amongst the Gods
The ancient world is not as different as we like to pretend it is. People often err on one of two sides. They either overestimate the ancients by presuming them to be of a purer or greater stock than ourselves. Or they can err by thinking too little of them, presuming that our ability to … More A Battle Amongst the Gods
Be Gracious
Jesus is concerned with how you respond when other's wrong you. We've all been in a situation where someone has wronged us in some way. Perhaps we've had a boss who lives to make our life unbearable, or maybe even a family member who loves to see us squirm. Whether in these situations or others, … More Be Gracious
No Idols Measure Up
One of the Church's greatest voices in the 20th century was a professor at the Oxford; his name was C.S. Lewis. His most renowned work is called, 'Mere Christianity' where Lewis presents the Christian faith as the only intelligible option for the world; all else is utter foolishness. And it is within the context of … More No Idols Measure Up
Merry Day-After-Christmas
As a kid, I remember the distinct moment I realized that Christmas was over. There was the vague recollection that there was an immense month full of joy and anticipation, and then the glorious event itself. All the evidences of the joy of Christmas were still with me, bits of wrapping paper could still be … More Merry Day-After-Christmas
Faith Breeds New Action
As books go, Jonah has a wonderful conclusion rarely considered. I may indeed be getting ahead of myself, but it is not too much for me to assume that most people consider the poor estate of Jonah’s aquatic tales and fail to consider prophetic work thereafter. Ah, and there is that word “prophet” which has been … More Faith Breeds New Action
Hopeless for the Holidays
Every Christmas we are drawn into a flurry of emotions. We have the great highs of presents, and decorations. There are armies of Santas and parades ready to charm the hearts of children and adult alike, but sometimes it’s possible to feel as if we are in the belly of a fish at the bottom … More Hopeless for the Holidays
Worst. Prophet. Ever.
There are a few figures that often make it into children’s storybooks that baffle me. You have the classic story of God’s great wrath upon mankind in the story of Noah. I still don’t understand why the mass genocide of the earth in the tale of Noah regularly makes it into Little Timmy’s nursery. Another unexpected … More Worst. Prophet. Ever.
An Advantageous Advent
Have you ever heard of the axiom, “I am a Christian but I don’t go to church.” In many ways, this has replaced the Apostles Creed as the most fundamental creed for many individuals who classify themselves as Christians today. What are you supposed to say to that? People typically expect you to simply smile … More An Advantageous Advent
Thus Saith Pharaoh?
The Bible is full of all sorts of heroes. Often the apex of Old Testament figures is the prophet Moses. Certainly Moses was the greatest prophet of Old until the coming of Christ. Accompanied by his brother Aaron, and with the initial support of the elders of Israel, these two men came forward unto Pharaoh … More Thus Saith Pharaoh?
John Owen, Reformational Catholic

The history of the Christian Church can get rather complicated as you look across the ocean of traditions and faces. There are today so many sorts of camps and tribes even under the banner of Protestant and Reformed. But one figure stands out amongst his brethren as a helpful voice in service to Christ and … More John Owen, Reformational Catholic

What Rules You?

Jesus wants us to know one simple truth from Matthew 6:19-14: we need to re-orient our priorities. Jesus speaks of our treasure, our eye and our master in this passage. But these three seemingly unrelated illustrations all point towards the single reality that our greatest aim and desire in life must be to treasure, behold … More What Rules You?

Ulrich Zwingli Biography

I recently had the opportunity to read William Boekestein’s contribution to the bitesize biographies series focusing on protestant reformer, Ulrich Zwingli.

A Pentecost State of Mind
One of the joys of being a parent is learning to see the world again from a fresh perspective. I say “fresh” and not “new” because far too often we forget the wonder of what it was like to be a child. The beauty of a child’s perspective comes in this: they can build whole … More A Pentecost State of Mind
What Good is an Apostle?
When I was a kid my grandfather took me everywhere. He often took me to the park and out to eat. He even took me to this ancient relic called “Blockbuster” But of all the places he took me, my favorite was his garage. I need to preface. I grew up in New York City … More What Good is an Apostle?
Everybody Worships Something

Jesus loved to use stories. If you haven’t read one lately I encourage you to open up a Bible to Luke 12:13-21. There you find our Messiah utilizing a parable, or story meant to teach a central idea. We have a story about a fool. A rich fool steeped in the evidence of God, benefitting … More Everybody Worships Something

Murder Upon Their Lips
The King James Version of the Bible translates the sixth commandment as, "Thou shalt not kill." But as one looks through the Scriptures God seemingly commands His people to kill. Moses kills, Joshua kills and even King David kills. In light of the commandment and God's execution orders, is God an accomplice to sin? Or … More Murder Upon Their Lips
13 Sermons from 13 Reasons Why
I once heard it said that every piece of literature, every movie, every song, every show is preaching a sermon. The underlying message of every piece of media is sometimes close to the surface, while others are a little harder to see. Yet from the moment we scroll through our Facebook newsfeed or flip on … More 13 Sermons from 13 Reasons Why
Reformation Day Potluck Devotional
One of the joys of being a pastor who loves Church History is seeing patterns echoed throughout the life of the Church. Now there are wonderful examples of pastors who have cared for their sheep, praying for them when they wouldn’t pray for themselves, or when God, in spite of wicked pastors, comforted His people … More Reformation Day Potluck Devotional

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