Category Archives: Ministry

serving, discipleship, pastoral ministry, spiritual care

Prayer in midst of tragedy

Our hearts grieve today in the face of a major tragedy when family and friends suffer so much. As Christians we turn our hearts toward God. O Lord, once again death has invaded our ordinary daily lives. Sin and evil … Continue reading

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Sermon 09/24/2017

Isaiah 55:6-11 CSB 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; Seek the LORD while he may be found; call to him while he is near. 7  Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his … Continue reading

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Sermon: Matthew 18:15-20

Preached Sep. 10, 2017 Forgiveness in the Church and for the Church   Matthew 18:15-20 CSB 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 … Continue reading

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Sermon Matthew 16:21-28

Sermon preached on September 3, 2017 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8XYDMInOhQENjN6VHZfVFcxY1U/view Matthew 16:21-28 (NAS) 21 From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be … Continue reading

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Church—some thoughts about it

Lately I have been thinking a lot about “church” —what it is, what it is not, how it functions. There are two approaches that have garnered a lot of attention. As I describe these, at this stage I am observing, … Continue reading

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Church: The Good, Bad, and Beautiful

Church is an amazing thing—created by Jesus, yet made up of sinful humans. It’s easy to overlook the essence of Church, especially when things aren’t “working” like we want it to. So, let’s step back for a few minutes and … Continue reading

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Not Chosen? — Chosen!

I am teaching Ephesians in ALTS this quarter, the third time I have done so. Instead of getting bored with it, I find that Paul’s letter is deeper than when I first read it 55 years ago, deeper than when … Continue reading

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