Church Blog (Page 2)

Church Blog (Page 2)

April 27, 2022

Dear Friends, I’ve been thinking about our kids a lot this week. I mean “our kids.”  As in the kids who are part of Redeemer.  Technically they are your kids.  But I think about them as ours. Our kids have been busy recently.  They also showed up big for our Resurrection Rally the day before Easter and learned about the events that led up to Jesus’ crucifixion and His resurrection.  And throughout April, the elementary kids have been getting together on Thursday nights to…

APRIL 20, 2022

Dear Friends, It’s interesting to me that in a cancel culture world, the very biblical idea of calling out false teachers is either being recklessly applied or being ignored altogether. On one end of the spectrum, we have pastors who want to keep their ministry and preaching positive and encouraging.  They want to inspire and uplift people.  They don’t want to unnecessarily offend anyone.  They want their language and demeanor to be charitable and kind.  I would agree with the values those pastors…

APRIL 13, 2022

Dear Friends, The Bible tells us in Colossians 3 that we are “set our minds” on eternal things.  On heavenly things.  Setting your mind is like setting the oven.  If you let your mind set itself, it will wander in all kinds of directions.  So we set it.  And re-set it.  Over and over again. This week in particular, we should be setting our minds on the road that led Jesus to Golgotha.  It is good for us to remember, reflect and…

APRIL 6, 2022

Dear Friends, Someone several years ago was putting together a profile page about me and they asked me if I had a favorite quote I could share.  I hate questions like that.  I mean, really.  How can anyone be expected to review all the various quotes they’ve heard or repeated over the years (making sure they don’t miss any) and then somehow, on the fly, priority rank them until they have settled on their number one all-time favorite quote? In the end, I gave…

MARCH 30, 2022

Dear Friends, Imagine for a minute you’re in a movie theater (remember those?) watching a new romantic comedy.  You’ve spent the last 95 minutes watching a couple meet in some awkward way that gets them off to a rocky start.  You’ve watched as they’ve begun to open up to one another and to develop a fondness in the process.  Of course, you’ve seen the big misunderstanding that has threatened to derail everything.  Now you’ve arrived at the moment where the male…

MARCH 23, 2022

Dear Friends, In May of 1945, CS Lewis took on a topic that has puzzled people for centuries in an essay titled “Why Pray?”  “The case against prayer… is this.  The thing you ask for is either good — for you and for the world in general — or else it is not.  If it is, then a good and wise God will do it anyway. If it is not, then He won’t.  In neither case can your prayer make any…

MARCH 16, 2022

Dear Friends, When it comes to living out your faith, given the option of being too liberal or too legalistic, which would you choose? The question came up this week as I was reading a post from Trevin Wax.  Trevin writes regularly for the Gospel Coalition and he’s one of the guys I read pretty regularly.  As he addressed the very real concerns we should have about doctrinal drift in our churches, he made the point that “slippery slopes go more than one…

March 9, 2022

Dear Friends, Okay, first things first.  They’re about to mess with our clocks and our circadian rhythms again!  This weekend. Don’t forget.   Time to spring forward. With that said, I want you to think for a minute about an expression used in scripture that I think perfectly captures the way we feel at times.  In fact, it’s the way a lot of us have felt pretty often during the past couple of years. The phrase is found in Isaiah 61, where the…

March 2, 2022

Dear Friends, On Sunday, as we took time to pray for the people of Ukraine, I introduced you to Pastor Alex Tarasov and his family;  his wife Anna, their son Sviatoslav (16 yrs) and Maria (14 yrs).  Alex is the Pastor of  Vertical Bible Church in Kyiv.  The church is part of the Great Commission Collective of churches that we are part of as well.  I wanted to pass along to you this week the update from Alex so you can continue to pray specifically for…

FEBRUARY 23, 2022

Dear Friends, Do you want to live a life that is pleasing to God?  Do you hope to one day hear Jesus say to you “well done, good and faithful servant?” I presume the answer is yes.  Let me tell you where to start.  You start with faith.  Specifically, you start by believing that God exists.  That He is.  That He created the universe and everything in it and that He sustains it by His mighty power and in wisdom.  It has to…

FEBRUARY 16, 2022

Dear Friends, If you ever find yourself in Nashville on a Monday night, you owe it to yourself to see if the Time Jumpers happen to be playing at Third and Lindsley.  Most Monday nights, they’re there, putting on a wonderful two hour show of the best in Western Swing music.  The Time Jumpers are the best of the best – legendary studio session players who have backed up just about everyone who has ever recorded a country album in Nashville. …

FEBRUARY 9, 2022

Dear Friends, Christianity is a revealed religion.  As Christians, what we know and believe about God and life and eternity is not something that people dreamed up a long time ago.  It’s something God has revealed to us.  Singer songwriter Rich Mullins said about our faith “It is the very truth of God and not the invention of any man…  I did not make it.  No it is making me.” The writer of Hebrews echoes that proposition in his epistle.  He…

JANUARY 26, 2022

Dear Friends, This week, I got a sneak peek at the workbook the ladies will be using for the spring Women’s Bible Study from the book of Psalms.  I’ll have information about the study for you here in a bit.  But I’ve been thinking today about the title on the workbook.  It’s “Glad Adoration.”  The title brought to mind the great German hymn from the late 1600s “Praise To The Lord, The Almighty” which includes the line “All ye who hear,…

JANUARY 20, 2022

Dear Friends, When I wrote my book Love Like You Mean It, I included an extended quote from a man who is widely considered America’s most important and original philosophical theologian, Jonathan Edwards.  His book Charity And Its Fruits is a classic work on 1 Cor. 13.  You can’t go wrong reading and quoting Edwards, right? Well, maybe.  My editor, whose job it is to look out for me as an author sent me an email asking if I was sure I wanted to include…

January 12, 2022

Dear Friends, Have you ever heard that we only use about 10% of our brains?  Yeah, apparently that’s not true.  According to the good folks at Wonderopolis, human beings use virtually every part of their brains. Moreover, over the course of an average day, we use nearly 100% of our brains. It’s a different story when it comes to our smart phones.  At least it is for me.  I know there is a whole ton of stuff my smart phone is capable of doing…

January 5, 2022

Dear Friends, It is the time of year when most of us at least think about resolutions.  A new year can trigger a fresh start. At the age of 19, Jonathan Edwards made a list of 70 resolutions that he purposed would guide his life.  His intention was to read the list every week to keep himself pointed in the right direction.  His list included goals relating to his personal spiritual development, relationships, how he would manage his life and time and character qualities…

December 22, 2021

Dear Friends, Who doesn’t long for peace on earth? The angelic announcement on the night Jesus was born was a declaration that the birth of the Messiah was connected to peace on earth.  Of course, 700 years before Jesus was born, God declared through the prophet Isaiah that child who would be born, the Son who would be given would be the Sar Shalom – the Prince of Peace. So what happened?  Where is the peace that the angels promised?  It’s here.  For all…

December 15, 2021

Dear Friends, The idea that God is our Father and that we are His adopted children not completely absent from the Old Testament.  But it’s rare.  God is only referred to as Father fourteen times in all of the Old Testament —and then rather impersonally.  In those fourteen occurrences, the term was always used with reference to God’s relationship with the nation of Israel, and not in regard to individuals.  God was spoken of as Israel’s Father, but Abraham never called…

December 8, 2021

Dear Friends, King David felt guilty.  As the reigning King of Israel, ruling in a time of peace, David lived in a royal palace.  He describes it as “a house of cedar.”  In 2005, archeologists discovered what they believe are the remains of the royal palace, southeast of the old city of Jerusalem.  But David looked at the luxury in which he lived and lamented the fact that while he lived in a house, the Ark of the Covenant was kept…

December 1, 2021

Dear Friends, We are all familiar with the first four New Testament books.  We call them The Gospels.  They earn that distinction because they reveal to us the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus.  Each of the four provides a different perspective on and insight into the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  What He did for us by coming to us, living among us, dying in our place and defeating death and hell so that we could be reconciled…