Gas Station Ready

A friend of mine recently was involved in an altercation at a local gas station. An inebriated man approached my friend and accused him staring. As the man angrily approached and prepared to attack, my friend quickly responded by taking him to the ground and quickly moving to a position called the mount. My friend…

Why we believe in the Church.

We Believe in the Church. It matters what we believe about the church. The church is the most important solution the world has access to. As followers of Jesus, we MUST understand its potential of the local church, the power of healthy church, and priority of living like God’s people. If we get these three…

Happy Advice: Remember to Die

“Let us prepare our minds as if we’d come to the very end of life. Let us postpone nothing. Let us balance life’s books each day. … The one who puts the finishing touches on their life each day is never short of time.” Seneca As the last year seems to be a defining year for…

The four biggest secrets to a great marriage (part 1)

I just started preaching a marriage series at our church.  This series is basically the result of more than a decade of counseling others in their marriages, preparing new couples to be married, and from my own Marraige.  These are (in my opinion) the most important keys to a successful, lifelong marriage. #1- Understand the…

We are all hypocrites, or at least forgetful…

I read an article in the Economist that showed religious people are much more likely to be compassionate if they will simply ask one question:  “What would my god want me to do?”  It doesn’t matter the faith, that single question seemed to change many people’s response to how they would treat other people- specifically…

Even Pastors Doubt (part 3 of 3)

Though there are 4 primary categories that lead me to doubt, there are hundreds of things that lead me to trust in God.  Here are four of them: A.  Order–  Everywhere I look I see order in the universe.  You may not be accustomed to seeing it, but it is there.  Why do the laws…

Even Pastors Doubt (part 2 of 3)

As I deal with my doubts, I’ve noticed several things.  Primarily, I’ve noticed that my doubts have nothing to do with the theological answers that I would have given others.  I doubt even when I have an explanation that is complete and rational.  This doesn’t trouble me at all. Here are four things that cause me…

Even Pastors Doubt (Part 1 of 3)

Doubt is a powerful enemy.  Even as a pastor who has a strong belief in God, I doubt.  I fully believe that God is intervening in His creation, yet there are times I doubt.  Perhaps it will be comforting for someone to know that even pastors have doubts and questions.   The longer I live,…

Sermon Notes- Fact 5: The Empty Tomb

FACT 5: The Empty Tomb Roughly 75% of scholars believe this to be historical fact according to Gary Habermas. 3(of many)  arguments for the empty tomb. The Jerusalem Factor Jesus was publicly executed in Jerusalem (uncontroversial) and his resurrection was first claimed there (uncontroversial).  This seems unlikely if there is a tomb with Jesus’ body…

Sermon Notes from History’s Mystery (week 3)

“I am going to use 4 historical facts so strongly attested historically that nearly every scholar that studies the subject agrees, even the skeptical ones” Fact 1: Jesus died by crucifixion. (this is uncontroversial) Fact 2: Jesus’ disciples believe he rose from the dead and appeared to them. What is the evidence that this is…

In light of the gospel…

We have a tendency to move from simple to complex.  Our government exemplifies this.    Our relationships exemplify this.  Even our religion exemplifies this. I believe that most of us have misunderstood the very purpose of Jesus because of our tendency to overcomplicate issues.  We rebel against simplicity.  Our lives are supposed to get bigger…

A Thought about Interpreting the Bible

I’ve been reading several books lately, including Alister McGrath’s book, “Christianity’s Dangerous Idea“. This is a book that traces the historical and cultural trends that influenced and were influenced by the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation still affects almost every strand of our culture today.  Ideas that are considered normal today would not have been thought 1000 years…

A Quick Guide to Interpret the Bible

Here are some quick questions that may help you interpret a biblical text: THE CONTEXTUAL TEST– What did it mean then? Who is writing? Who are they writing to? Why are they writing? THE PERSPICUITY TEST– What does it say? (The perspicuity of Scripture- trust the clarity of scriptures) What principles are being communicated? What does this…

John 7

– In verse 3, Jesus’ brothers assume that he is just out for fame! – Jesus was a taboo topic.  Even while he lived, people were uncomfortable to talk about him. – The religious people are simply people who do not truly believe.  They fit God into their expectations.  They fit God into their comfort….

John 6

Jesus feed 5000 –  The crowds were drawn to his healing power, they were not worried or thinking about lunch.  Jesus had already deccided to provide for them further, probably because of their willingness to follow him this far. Jesus “jumps the shark” – Vs. 53. ” I tell you the truth , unless you…

John 5

– Healing at the pool of Bethseda – vs. 6f.  Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well”.  The man gives an excuse but Jesus demands action as a sign of faith.  “Get up!” Jesus told him, “pick up your bedroll and walk!”.  THEN the spirit healed him.  The man’s faith was demonstrated by his…