Posts by Bob Lepine

Posts by Bob Lepine

November 4, 2020

Dear Friends, If you don’t have election fatigue by know, you have more stamina that I do! You may have heard of author Mitch Albom.  His book Tuesdays With Morrie made him a best selling author.  He has gone on to write more than a half dozen other books, with combined sales of 39 million copies.  Mitch lives in Detroit and continues to write a regular column for the local newspaper, the Detroit Free Press. I’ve decided to turn over the newsletter this week to…

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…

September 30, 2020

Dear Friends, I’ve had conversations with a number of friends in recent months who are concerned about what they see as an accelerated erosion of the foundational principle of the free expression of religion in our nation.  They have shared with me their fears that the upcoming election may have some impact our ability to serve God and worship Him freely in our nation. My friend and fellow pastor Justin Jackson addressed this issue in a Facebook post recently.  Here’s…

September 16, 2020

Dear Friends, I think I’ve been guilty of using a Bible verse out of context for some time now. For years in marriage conferences, and in a wide variety of other settings, I have referenced Ephesians 4:15 as a biblical admonition that ought to guide our interpersonal communication.  “The Bible tells us,” I have said “to ‘speak the truth in love’ to one another.” Indeed, that’s what Ephesians 4:15 says.  And I’ve used that verse to try to help husbands…

September 9, 2020

Dear Friends, Let me ask you if this statement is true or not.  Ready?  Here’s the statement:  “God will bless the lives of all who love and trust Him.” Where does the Bible teach that?  Let me give you a few passages. Psalm 5:12 says “For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 115:12-13 says “The LORD has remembered us; he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel;…

September 2, 2020

Dear Friends, What’s on your Spotify playlist?  Or in your CD player? I’ve been listening to a lot of music this week as I’ve been in Nashville helping out with the Sing! Global Conference sponsored by modern hymnwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty who wrote the hymn In Christ Alone as well as several other hymns we sing at church.  The conference has featured messages from Joni Tada, Alistair Begg, Paul David Tripp, Ligon Duncan, HB Charles and many others.  There have…

August 26, 2020

Dear Friends, JI Packer has famously said “a half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth.”  Today, we find ourselves swimming in a sea of half truths, scratching our heads and thinking “that sounds right – kinda.”  In the end, the Father of Lies is just as happy when we swallow a half truth as he is when we fall for any other kind of deception. Tim Keller, in his book How To Reach The West Again lists a handful…

August 12, 2020

Dear Friends, David Murray’s wife Shona had always displayed a bright, energetic, extroverted, type A personality.  Her life was full.  She was a pastor’s wife and a mother of five who worked part time as a physician while homeschooling her children. She stayed busy, but that’s how she liked it.  So both Shona and her husband were surprised when she found herself crying often, without knowing why.  She told her husband she had “lost her Christian joy.”  Sadness and despair…

August 5, 2020

Dear Friends, One of the reasons why I believe the Bible is the very word of God is because of the forensic evidence.  When you read it, you find God’s fingerprints everywhere. Case in point.  The remarkable account of the kindness of King David shown to a young crippled boy name Mephibosheth.  You can read the story for yourself in 2 Samuel 9.  But here are the Cliffs Notes. Mephibosheth was the son of David’s long time friend Jonathan.  That…

July 29, 2020

Dear Friends, In the summer of 1986, our little family (just four of us at the time) moved into this lovely home in the Oak Meadow subdivision in north central San Antonio.   It was our sixth move in six years.  And we were delighted to call it our home.  The neighborhood was great, with a neighborhood pool that we visited regularly during the summer months.  We had a bigger than average back yard for our kids to play in.  The house…

July 22, 2020

Dear Friends, We church-goers should be the people most comfortable with wearing masks.  A lot of us have been doing it for years. The Greek word hypokrites means to wear a mask, as a theater actor.  You’re probably aware that in ancient Greek theater, the actors would wear masks as they played their parts.  The well known comedy/tragedy masks are symbols that tie modern theater to its ancient roots.   Jesus uses that word four times in the Sermon on the Mount to describe people…

July 15, 2020

Dear Friends, Navigating 2020 is not for the faint of heart.  Most of us have been off balance most of this year.  It’s hard to believe that six months ago, the impeachment trial in the US Senate had yet to begin.  Now that seems like ancient history, a forgotten footnote in a year that has been dominated by pandemics and protests.  We’re six months in, and what may be the most divisive presidential election in my lifetime is still in…

July 2, 2020

Dear Friends, So I’m curious.  Did anyone wake up today and think “where’s the church newsletter?  It’s not in my inbox!” It was this afternoon that I said to Mary Ann “today’s Thursday, right?  That means yesterday was Wednesday, right?” It’s been that kind of year, hasn’t it. So here it is, a day late.  And no missive from me this week.  Just a video that I hope all of you will take three minutes to watch (by the way, I can check to…

June 24, 2020

Dear Friends, As we began our Elder’s meeting this week (on Zoom, socially distanced), Mike Morledge directed us to Colossians 3.  It’s a fitting passage for all of us to be meditating on and soaking ourselves in right now, as we think about how to live in obedience to Christ in a day when many of us are worn out and wondering about where our world is headed.  Colossians 3 gives us guidance.  1. “Set your minds on things that…

June 17, 2020

Dear Friends, You’ve heard of secret shoppers, right?  People who are hired to pose as customers in stores and to provide feedback on their shopping experience?  Many years ago, the Wall Street Journal profiled the work of a man named Thomas Harrison who hired out as a mystery worshipper.  He would attend a local church worship service and then provide the church leaders with a report card, outlining the good, the bad and the ugly. For example, after attending services…

June 10, 2020

Dear Friends, I imagine some of you were surprised to get the email on Monday with news that we were postponing the start of our Confronting Christianity book study that night because of heavy rain and the possibility of flash flooding.  A rained out indoor book study? Honestly, as I’ve thought about the decision to postpone the start of the study, I’ve realized that as I sat looking out at the steady rain falling, I thought to myself “If I didn’t have…