Posts from January 2024

Posts from January 2024

JANUARY 31, 2024

Dear Friends, This weekend is a big weekend for our students.    The D-Now weekend is an opportunity for students to work together, have fun together and grow together spiritually.  I hope you’ll be praying for these young people, Pastor Cole and our Roots volunteers. It’s interesting to me that we know nothing about Jesus when he was a teenager.  The only glimpse we have of Jesus between the time when He was a baby until He began His ministry as a…

JANUARY 24, 2024

Dear Friends, A few years ago, I read online a remarkable testimony from a young woman who experienced an unexpected and dramatic conversion to Christ.  Her name is Keri Smith.  Back in 2017, twenty years after graduating from Duke, she began to question the worldview she had learned at the university and had unquestioningly appropriated as her own.  As she began to see the flaws in her thinking, she began looking for another, more firm foundation for her life.  That eventually…

JANUARY 17, 2024

Dear Friends, I’m sure you know that Jesus summed up all of the Old Testament commands – all the law and the prophets, as He put it – with two directives.  Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as you love yourself. You may have heard someone along the way who has suggested that this verse is telling us that in order to love others well, we have to first love ourselves.  Before we can be of any use…

JANUARY 11, 2024

Dear Friends, We spent New Year’s Eve with our family in Florida.  That morning, Mary Ann and I worshipped at a nearby church.  We felt right at home, singing familiar hymns, digging deeply into God’s word, praying together for ourselves and for our world.  We were glad we were able to join with our extended spiritual family in worship. When we have to be away from Redeemer on a Sunday, we like visiting local churches.  On our sabbatical this past summer, we…

JANUARY 3, 2024

Dear Friends, I wonder if you think about your life the way the Apostle Paul thought about his. I was struck this week by a passage in Acts 20 where the Apostle is saying goodbye to his beloved friends and fellow church leaders in Ephesus.  Paul had been in the city for more between 2-3 years.  He had seen the church he planted take root and blossom.  Now he sensed God’s call to go to Jerusalem and to be there in time…