Sunday, July 05, 2015: New Song Sunday – “Nothing Less”

All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. (Psalm 145:10-12) We Serve No Sovereign Here This weekend we will celebrate the independence of our nation. Ours is a country that was founded upon the premise that we will appoint no kings to rule over us. In fact, there used to be a saying among the earliest Americans that went, “We serve no sovereign here.” In other (Read More)

July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 28, 2015: “Come, Everyone Who Thirsts”

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” (Isaiah 55:1-2) No Bottom Lines Our world is obsessed with the bottom line. How much does it cost? What’s the starting salary? How much do you want for it? We’re familiar with these kinds of questions because most (Read More)

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 14, 2014: Living Stones in The Temple of God

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5) Confusing the Means with the End On a construction site, there are many materials which contribute to the building of a structure. If you were to visit just about any hardhat area, you would likely find lumber, concrete, brick, glass, and many other goods, which are necessary for the making of an inhabitable (Read More)

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, June 07, 2015: The Residual Effect of God’s Glory

Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” And [the LORD] said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ (Exodus 33:18-19) “For every look at yourself, take ten looks at Christ.” (Robert Murray M’Cheyne) At a certain time each year, the moon will appear much larger than usual in the sky. This incredible sight is known as a “supermoon,” and it occurs when there’s a Full Moon or New Moon at the same time as the moon’s closest approach to the earth. People all over the world stare up into the night (Read More)

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 31, 2015: Devoted to the Public Reading of Scripture

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:13) The Real Worship War For as long as I’ve been alive on this earth, the American church has painfully subjected itself to what have commonly been referred to as the “worship wars.” These so-called wars seek to answer the question, how should the church worship God when it gathers? While that’s a really good question, it has been widely misunderstood. Most have reduced the question to heated debates about genres of music–namely alluding to (Read More)

May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 24, 2015: We Sing Because The Gospel Is True

“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” (Psalm 96:1-2) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16) As human beings, our relationship with singing begins very early in life–even before we are born, in fact. At 6 months of fetal development, the cerebral cortex becomes capable of supporting thought. Over the final months (Read More)

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 17, 2015: Liberating Sunday from the Enterprise of Earning

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. (Galatians 5:6) Putting God in Our Debt We live, move, and have our being within a world of merit. If you study harder, you get better grades. If you work longer hours, you make more money. If you outperform the other players, you’ll make the team and they’ll get cut. In other words, earning is the air we breathe. And so we establish our lives around the concept that if we can only boost our sweat equity, we’ll get more out of life. In fact, this whole (Read More)

May 13, 2015 // 1 Comment

Sunday, May 10, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 4)

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:3) The world is starving for real glory. It comes with the kit of being human. For better or worse, everyone, without exception, has their own idea of what glory looks like. And thus no one is without their own fill-in-the-blank to the statement, “If I could just _______.” The evidence of our intrinsic longing for bonafide glory is etched in the reality that we can’t not fill in that doggone blank. There’s always something to want, something to desire, something to daydream (Read More)

May 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, May 03, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 3)

“The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!” (Psalm 67:6-7) “The issue can no longer be evaded. It is becoming clearer every day that the most urgent problem besetting our Church is this: How can we live the Christian life in the modern world?” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) In case you haven’t noticed, the world is changing rapidly. From views on marriage and family to the increasing digitalization of social interaction, things we took for granted twenty years ago are being revised (Read More)

April 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sunday, April 26, 2015: The Missionary Impulse of True Worship (Part 2)

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! (Psalm 67:4-5) I’ll go ahead and admit it, I am sometimes scared of the future. And, if I had to guess, I’d say you are, too. So let’s just put all this on the table and say from the outset that we are fearful people. We are anxious, panicky, and restless because we want to be in control. Fear often hijacks our thought life and steals our sleep. We’ve all stayed awake at night, (Read More)

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments