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.

September 15, 2021

Dear Friends, It’s embarrassing, really.  Abram, newly settled in the land God has shown him, and fresh off the experience of hearing God vow to him that he and his family will be blessed, finds himself facing famine in this new land of promise.  The story points out to us that the fact that God has promised to bless His children doesn’t mean we won’t face hardship along the way. So Abram and his wife Sarai sojourn to Egypt to survive.  But…

September 10, 2021

Dear Friends, Anthropologist Margaret Mead once observed that “everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” The author of the book Roots, Alex Haley said “nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.” And children’s book authors Charles and Ann Morse said “a child needs a grandparent, anybody’s grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world.” The Bible is more specific.  A grandparent is to be thinking carefully about how…

September 1, 2021

Dear Friends, You’ve probably heard it said that there are two things we should not discuss in polite company – religion and politics.  If you google “things not to discuss in polite company,” you’ll see that many other topics have been added to that list, but those two remain at the top.  The reason is simple.  Politics and religion are divisive.  And being divisive is rarely a virtue (although it’s worth noting that the same Jesus who prayed for us to be…

August 25, 2021

Dear Friends, There are four commands in scripture relating to the Holy Spirit.  Two are positive. Two are negative.  Two things we are commanded to do, and two things we are never to do. One of the positive commands is for us to be filled with the Spirit.  In Ephesians 5, the Bible says we are not to be drunk with (controlled by or under the influence of) wine, but instead, we are to be filled with (or controlled by or under the…

August 18, 2021

Dear Friends, Those of us who grew up in a time when cartoons were only available for viewing on Saturday mornings or for maybe an hour or two after school also grew up in a time when an elementary school education included a healthy dose of patriotism.  Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance was a daily classroom ritual.  In music class, we learned to sing all the verses of America the Beautiful – including the verses about alabaster cities gleaming and heroes…

August 11, 2021

Dear Friends, Are you sick of reading about COVID?  If so, I apologize in advance.  You can skip to the second half of this portion of the newsletter for the latest church-related COVID info. I was all wrong when it came to predicting what was going to happen with COVID.  Like I missed it by a mile. I remember when I first heard about cases in a nursing home in Washington state.  The news media was sounding the alarm and (I thought) blowing…

August 4, 2021

Dear Friends, I received a note a number of years ago from a friend who had spent a year walking through what she described as a very challenging season in her life – a dark night of the soul.  She shared about family members who had faced significant health issues.  There had been conflict in her local church that had ultimately ended with her husband and her deciding they couldn’t stay.  On top of it all, she was facing what…

July 28, 2021

Dear Friends, I’ve had people ask me many times about my favorite radio interviews during my years as the co-host of FamilyLife Today.  The list is long and includes people whose names you likely know (R.C. Sproul, Elizabeth Elliot, Chuck Swindoll, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, John Wooden and others) as well as names you’ve probably never heard of (John and Donna Bishop, Ed Harrell, others). One interview that is always on the list is a visit I was able to have with Dr.…

July 21, 2021

Make it a priority today to pass along to someone you know a word fitly spoken. Choose words that will build up and give grace (Ephesians 4:29).

July 14, 2021

Dear Friends, We live in a world that has figured out how to monetize fear and anxiety.  Whether you’re checking your Twitter feed, watching cable news, or listening to podcasts or talk radio, you are in contact with people whose job it is to get you to keep watching, keep listening or keep clicking.  And if they’ve learned anything in the past five years, it’s that we are people who are prone to pay attention and stay engaged when we…

July 6, 2021

Dear Friends, In my lifetime, people have begun paying particular attention to the church going habits of American Presidents.  At age four, I was still too young to know about the debate that was taking place in 1960 regarding Senator Kennedy’s Roman Catholicism.   Might his faith, some wondered aloud, lead him to place his allegiance to papal authority ahead of his allegiance to the constitution?  The first election where I was old enough to vote featured a Georgia Governor who…

June 30, 2021

Dear Friends, At the end of Genesis 2, just before the serpent shows, the Bible makes an interesting statement about the newly married man and woman.  They were both naked.  And they were not ashamed. What an interesting note.  We might expect to read “the man and the woman were so happy and so in love.”  Or “the man and the woman couldn’t wait to see what God had for them next.”  Instead, we’re told that neither of them had…

June 15, 2021

Dear Friends, Not to brag, but I make a pretty good hamburger, as you will see if you come to our third Parking Lot Picnic tomorrow night.  With a forecast of 92˚ and sunny, we will have seating set up indoors for those who would like things to be a little cooler.  And we’ll have some water games for the kids after dinner. And next week?  The picnic will feature a Kona Ice Truck doing free shaved ice, a bounce house and…

June 8, 2021

Dear Friends, Can you think of a time this week when you have found yourself fearful or anxious?  It shouldn’t be a surprise.  There are a lot of people in our day who are earning a good living by stirring up anxiety.  People have figured out how to monetize fear.  Making us anxious has become a multi-billion dollar industry. We are naturally fearful people.  Whether it’s a fear of heights, of public speaking, of spiders and snakes, claustrophobia, aerophobia (fear of flying) mysophobia…

June 1, 2021

Dear Friends, Yes, I know it’s a day early.  But I wanted to make sure you knew that our parking lot picnic is on, rain or shine (we’ve paid for the Taco Truck, so there’s that…).  If it’s shine, great.  We go with Plan A.  Tacos.  Games for kids.  Fellowship.  Just as planned. If it’s rain, the Taco Truck will set up in the parking lot.  And we’ll set up chairs and tables and space inside for a nice indoor get together.  Same food…

May 26, 2021

Dear Friends, With the Memorial Day weekend ahead, I’ve been thinking tonight about where I was on my birthday ten years ago.  I had the opportunity to spend the morning that day with a video crew observing and talking to men who are part of the Old Guard – soldiers who are stationed at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.  I’ve shared the video with you before, but it’s worth watching again.  I was struck as I talked with these men about…

May 19, 2021

Dear Friends, Two things this week. First, masks. As I said on Sunday, our plan is to transition this week to a “mask optional” for our Sunday morning worship service.  Most of you know, the Centers For Disease Control has issued new guidelines, saying that people who have been fully vaccinated can go without masks in most settings.  Those who have not been vaccinated should continue to wear a mask to protect themselves.  Here in Arkansas, State Epidemiologist Dr. Jennifer Dillaha said that she…

May 12, 2012

Dear Friends, One of my all time favorite online videos is this classic from Youth Pastor Mark.  If you’ve never watched it, it’s worth the click. I thought about the fictional “Pastor Mark” and his perpetual enthusiasm when I met Vince Parker.  Vince was my tour guide a few years ago when I had a chance to tour the Hobby Lobby headquarters in Oklahoma City.  Vince was in his early 40’s, and you could tell he loved his job.  He radiated…

May 5, 2021

Dear Friends, I have a confession to make.  It’s going to surprise some of you.  But it’s time to come clean. Ready?  Here goes. I am a liberal. Some of you just shook your head and said “I knew he was hiding something!  I knew he couldn’t be trusted!” Hang with me here. The word liberal has a range of meanings.  The word can mean “generous.”  One of the dictionary definitions of the word is “lacking moral restraint.”  When I say I’m a liberal, I don’t…

April 28, 2021

View Post Dear Friends, In a doctor’s office waiting room this week, I found myself seated in one of the five available, socially distanced chairs available for us when a sixth person arrived.  She was a young woman, in her 30’s perhaps.  She checked in, and since there was no seat available for her, she went and stood by the door. I sat there for a minute doing the moral calculus.  Who gets the chair?  The younger woman or the newly inaugurated…