Posts from October 2020

Posts from October 2020

October 28, 2020

Dear Friends, It may be a week from now.  Or it may take a little longer.  But we are about to have a nation full of sad, disappointed, angry, frightened people.  No matter who is eventually declared the winner of next week’s presidential election, many of our family members or neighbors or co-workers or – well, maybe even some of us – are going grieve over the results. Have you thought about that?  Have you prepared yourself for a result that you…

October 21, 2020

Dear Friends, I remember being struck by the lyric the first time I heard the song.  It was at event that featured modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, and they were performing a new song they had co-written with Graham Kendrick.  The song began with the clear declaration that “my worth is not in what I own.”  But it was the final verse that captured my attention immediately: Two wonders here that I confessMy worth and my unworthinessMy value fixed –…

October 14, 2020

Dear Friends, There are two words in the book of Ephesians that people often cite as the most important, most significant two words in that letter.  Maybe even in all of scripture. Ephesians 2 begins with a description of our spiritual condition before we come to know Jesus.  It’s not a flattering picture.  “You were dead,” Paul writes. Dead.  Completely unresponsive to God.  “You were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world,…

October 7, 2020

Dear Friends, If you’re a podcast listener, I have a recommendation for you.  Jim Davis, who spoke at our Redeemer men’s retreat a while back has a podcast he’s produced with a fellow pastor in Orlando called As In Heaven.  Season Two is about race and racism.  And the first episode in Season 2 is an interview with someone I respect as a pastor and thinker – Dr. Crawford Loritts.  I found the conversation helpful and clarifying.  You can listen or download…