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Tweets, Protests, and the Christian’s Response

It was 1999. I had just finished a viewing of M. Night Shyamalan’s first movie The Sixth Sense. Throughout the film Bruce Willis and Haley Joel had dropped hints at the eye-popping point of the story, but most viewers – like myself – were so caught up in the varying plot-line distractions and tormented characters […]

The Megaphone of Irma…and the response of the church

The British writer and apologist C.S. Lewis once famously said: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” With his typical eloquence Lewis was simply declaring this reality: when suffering goes down, […]

God is Sovereign…and Hurricanes Happen

Church family, As Irma bears down on the Caribbean and our home state I wanted to jet out what I believe to be a very critical statement! I urge you to read this blog carefully as I will address our immediate action as a church, our long term plan, and what I believe each of […]

The Big Fight…and Christians

It’s been more than a month since the undefeated, much-maligned, money-flinging boxing champ and the clad in fur, aviator-wearing, gum-smacking Irish fighter paraded before millions of Americans in LA, Toronto, Brooklyn, and London. Obscene barbs heaped upon profane gestures heaped upon outlandish claims were hurled with little thought and zero humility. In the end, countless […]

Forgetting the Reformation

On the 31st of October, 1517, a German monk, armed with ferocious conviction, righteous fury, and an ink well, sat down to pen a manifesto. The document, which according to historians was later that day tacked to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, was Martin Luther’s cry against the atrocities of the church […]

Missional Confessions from an Introverted College Student

The following is a blog penned by one of our young ladies who was moved by God through our mission to Philadelphia. I am including it here because I believe the content of this document and the spirit in which it was written will encourage and propel our church forward.  Aaron :::::::::: In 1918, Helen […]

Watch or Worship

Twice in my life I have joined a gym. The first occasion was a decade ago, at the behest of my new bride and a persistent trainer (who was a member at the church I pastored). The shiny equipment and promise of washboard abs drew me like a moth to a flame. A year long […]

Why Jude?

A couple weeks ago I watched aghast as Bernie Sanders made outlandish declarations about Christians in positions of political power. I was appalled, not by his disdain of orthodox Christendom (which was not surprising), but rather by the fact that Sanders champions “love,” “acceptance,” and “tolerance” yet his diatribe was laced with rank hypocrisy being […]

God Doesn’t Need You, Slacker

Last week I slunk into a chair, cappuccino in hand to chat with area pastors about lessons learned through church planting. As dialogue flowed, a common phrase I hear often uttered by my Reformed friends darted from the lips of several pastors: “God doesn’t need you.” Now I understand what my fellow clergymen were trying […]

Pause Before Praise

I cradled my 5-month old in the nook of my arm. My left knee bounced furiously up and down. My eyes darted from one door in the hospital waiting room to another. It was 10:57 AM. For weeks this date had been on the calendar. February 14, 2017: the day we would meet the man […]

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