Weekly Updates

Weekly Updates

Each week, our teaching pastor Bob Lepine offers his thoughts and perspective on how we live for Jesus in our world. In addition, the blog has updates on upcoming activities at Redeemer. You can receive the weekly blog as an email. Send us your email address to subscribe.

May 20, 2020

Dear Friends, First up this week: A little humor. One more?  Okay, here you go.  A mash-up of all the COVID-19 themed commercials on TV these days:

May 13, 2020

Dear Friends, There are no simple answers to the dilemma we are facing today as a nation.  I wish there were. We have taken significant steps to “flatten the curve” when it comes to COVID-19.  What we feared two months ago – overrun hospitals and doctors decided who gets a ventilator and who is left to die without one – by God’s grace hasn’t happened here.  The number of people who have died from the virus is a sobering number, but not…

May 6, 2020

Dear Friends, Anyone ready to re-open?  To get back to being together? Yeah, me too.  I was thinking this week about taking my children on college campus visits when they were in high school.  I remember telling them that 35% of their college experience would happen in the classroom.  65% would happen outside the classroom.  The classroom was central and important.  But most of what they would learn over their four years in college would occur outside the classroom. I think the same is…

April 29,2020

Dear Friends, I need four minutes from you. Here in Arkansas, we’re about to take the first steps toward reopening our state.  This week, the Governor announced that campgrounds in state parks will reopen for self-contained RV units for Arkansas travelers only this Friday.  Cabins and lodges will open up in two weeks.  Today, the Governor announced that restaurants can open their dining rooms in a limited fashion a week from next Monday. And later this week, we expect to hear recommendations for hair…

April 22, 2020

Dear Friends, Anyone else having a hard time trying to figure out what’s coming next? Last week, the Governor of New York declared “the worst is over” when it comes to the coronavirus. This week, the Director General of the World Health Organization said “the worst is yet ahead of us.” The Governor of Georgia will this week lift restrictions in his state to attempt to begin restarting the economy.  Meanwhile, the Governor of Michigan has tightened things down in…

April 15, 2020

Dear Friends, More than thirty years ago, back before there was YouTube or Mp3 files or TED Talks or Master Classes on line, I plowed my way through a series of 39 lectures on church history.  Those lectures were a game changer in my life. Much of my theological education came via cassette tapes.  They looked like this.   My car was littered with cassette tapes.  I had travel cases full of them.  They included albums I had recorded so I could listen…

April 8, 2020

Dear Friends, While everyone around us has their eyes fixed on the COVID19 pandemic, how can we fix our eyes on Jesus?  What does that look like? Let me tell you what it looked like for Mike Morledge this week.  Mike and a neighbor got together and invited the families on their street to gather for a socially distanced prayer time.  They invited the 13 families on their street to join them.  Folks from 12 of the 13 homes showed up. What did they…

April 1, 2020

Dear Friends, I read this tweet yesterday morning and it stopped me in my tracks. I think Sarah is right.  I think we are in for a hard few weeks.  Maybe a hard few months.  Or longer. Mary Ann was listening to one pundit on a podcast this morning.  His forecast was a dim one.  He thinks we will be well into 2021 before we “get back to normal.” I told her that the person she was listening to is a smart man. …

March 25, 2020

Dear Friends, We may be scattered and quarantined, but that’s not keeping many of us from continuing to gather. Small groups are still getting together.  Our youth group hung out together on line on Sunday.  This morning, eleven families gathered on their devices for a Gospel Zone class with the kids.  The kids loved seeing each other!  Everyone sang, played games, learned Exodus 15:2 (with motions, of course) and Mr. Matt taught from Leviticus about God having rules for sacrifices and offerings.  “God…

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends, First things first.  My wife wanted me to make sure I passed this on to all of you.  It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it.  It’s safe to say that none of us has ever experienced anything like this before.  I’ve thought many times this week about conversations I had with my mom about living through the great depression and World War II.  She often told me that our generation couldn’t even imagine what it was like to embrace the…

March 13, 2020

Dear Friends, We’ve made the decision this morning not to meet together for our worship service this Sunday, but to gather together on line instead. As you know, in the past 36 hours, things have changed dramatically.  Based on the most up to date information we have, we believe our most prudent course of action is for us not to gather for worship this week.  In addition, we’re temporarily suspending other meetings at church – the women’s Bible study, Kid’s Small Group,…

March 11, 2020

Dear Friends, You know that potluck we had planned for this Sunday? Yeah, you can see where this is going. As of today, Arkansas has its first reported case of Covid-19.  It’s no surprise to anyone.  It was a matter of time.  The President tonight announced that, among other measures, he is suspending all travel to and from Europe for 30 days.  Tom Hanks shared on social media that he and his wife Rita Wilson, while working in Australia, have tested positive for Covid-19. …

March 7, 2020

Dear Friends, Two quick reminders as we prepare for our time together tomorrow. First, this.  You can set the clocks ahead now if you’d like.  Don’t forget.  Here’s the second reminder. You may have heard there is a bug going around.   When I went to Home Depot this morning, I saw that their workshops for March have all be cancelled.  People are taking precautions to protect themselves from Covid-19.  And that’s good.  There’s a lot the doctors and scientists don’t know yet…

March 4, 2020

Dear Friends, Imagine for a moment that today was November 16.  And for the sake of this thought experiment, let’s say it’s a Saturday and you’re shopping at Target.  Or Walmart.  You can choose. You know what you’d be experiencing, right?  The store would be stuffed with more merchandise than normal.  There would be more customers than normal.  And you ‘d see a whole lot more red and green and white than you typically see.   You might see something that would remind…

February 26, 2020

Dear Friends, For more than three decades, I’ve had this art print hanging in my office.    The painting is called Light In the Forest.  The artist painted this when she was still a teenager.  She had recently broken her neck in a diving accident in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. She was in a wheelchair when she painted the picture.  She was (and still is today) a quadriplegic.  The artist’s name is Joni Erickson Tada. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite like her. This week, Joni…

February 19, 2020

Dear Friends, I’ll never forget the question I heard John Piper pose at the first Together For The Gospel gathering in Louisville in 2006.  “If you could have heaven,” he asked, “perfect health, all the friends you’ve ever wanted, all the physical pleasures, purified, that you’ve ever wanted…  and God’s not there… would that be okay?” (You can watch the video here).  That question was a gut check moment for me.  Was the longing of my own heart for the blessings promised us…

February 13, 2020

Dear Friends, Over the last 25+ years, I’ve been challenging husbands and wives, moms and dads to make their marriage and family relationships a priority.  I have agreed with former Secretary of Education Dr. Bill Bennett who said “There are few matters of a more profound public consequence than the condition of marriage and families.  Most of our social pathologies – crime, imprisonment rates, welfare, educational underachievement, alcohol and drug abuse, suicide, depression, sexually transmitted diseases – are manifestations, direct and…

February 6, 2020

Dear Friends, There are places in the Bible where God’s word is compared to food.  In the Old Testament, the Psalmist says that God’s word is sweeter than honey from the honeycomb.  The prophet Ezekiel agrees.  When God says to him “Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it,” Ezekiel says “I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey.”  The prophet Jeremiah says to God…

January 30, 2020

Dear Friends, I think a lot of people in our day are confused about humility.  They think that if arrogance is having an inflated opinion of yourself, then humility must be the opposite – having a low opinion of yourself.  Humble people, they assume, are people who dismiss praise and downplay any acclaim.  People who don’t believe their own press.  But humility is not having a low self-assessment.  It’s having an accurate self-assessment.  Truly humble people understand their gifts and abilities.  And…

January 23, 2020

Dear Friends, Mary Ann and I have a friend named Jennifer.  On most Sunday mornings over the past seven years, you would have found her in a Sunday school classroom in her local church, surrounded by about 15 three-year-olds.  Jennifer believes these kids are capable of grasping a whole lot of truth.  She’s convinced that in many of these young hearts, she is planting seeds that are already beginning to take root and bear fruit.  She can tell you plenty of…