Pastors' Notes

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

The Role of Cutting Off the Hand

Last week in this space I referred you to Jon Bloom's article, "Cut Off Your Hand". I invite you to read it, if you haven't. Then I have some further comments here: In the context of Matthew 18, it's clear that a) sin is really, really serious, because b) God is really, really worth not missing out on, due to sin. Heaven is at stake, yes, and that's important because heav...

Keep Reading

Unholy Busy

All Christians get "unsettled" from the gospel sometimes. We "unsettle" ourselves from finding our identity, our "OK-ness" in the always-coming grace of God to us in Christ, and shift that faith onto other things. It's not good, but it happens. While we can't see this shift happening, it's useful for us to think about the outward evidences of the shift, in order to take co...

Keep Reading

What To Expect When Suffering

2 Cor. 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. Suffering is suffering, in part, because it is unexpected. We are never completely read f...

Keep Reading

A Key to Productivity

Sometimes the Bible intersects two issues which at first glance have nothing to do with each other. But as we continue to contemplate the Word, we find the reason why we are surprised at the intersection has more to do with us than the Word God is wiser than us. One such intersection occurs in Matthew 24. The chapter contains Jesus' most extensive teaching about what we ...

Keep Reading

Catechizing into the Kingdom?

Galatians 1:11-12 11For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. 12For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. Let's all agree that parenting is hard. My father once had an old, heavy, early-70's era car with bad shocks. On rural, crowned Illinois r...

Keep Reading

Pondering Ezra's Mass Divorce

Sometimes in this space, in the coming year, I will reflect on a passage from M'Cheyne's Bible Reading plan. Today includes Ezra 10. It's worth reflecting on the goodness of what is recorded here. The people of God, right after their return from exile - which was itself God's discipline for disregarding His law - disregard His law, and marry women from foreign nations. Ez...

Keep Reading

Six Rules for Bible Reading in 2019

Six rules for Bible reading, in 2018: 1. Don't make it a rule. The hinge upon which our lives turn is not whether we have satisfied rituals that please God. Jesus himself became THE ritualistic sacrifice, that satisfied God, in our place. The measure of our Christianity is not whether we've done sufficient devotions, but whether we believe that God is there, and that He i...

Keep Reading

The New Year and the Proverbs 31 Woman

The voices speaking to women today are endless. This is the time of year when many of these voices "come calling", and their demands transmogrify within us into new New Year's habits and goals (we no longer call them "resolutions", but the behavior is there all the same). The Christian form of this is to look at the Proverbs 31 woman, and be found wanting. Who can keep up ...

Keep Reading

The Prologue, by D.A. Carson

The Prologue Before there was a universe, Before a star or planet, When time had still not yet begun I scarcely understand it Th' eternal Word was with his God, God's very Self-Expression; Th' eternal Word was God himself And God had planned redemption. The Word became our flesh and blood The stuff of his creation The Word was God, the Word was flesh, ...

Keep Reading

What's Expected of You?

What is expected of each of us in this church, when we are outside of Sunday worship? Let's work our way out from the center: We are to glorify God. We do this best, as others have said, as we enjoy Him. In enjoying Him we have all the inner power we need to make much of Him. We find this joy in the gospel. Thus one of our first responsibilities is to pursue our own joy, ...

Keep Reading