The Church Choir

This is our pastor's article for the February 2015 edition of The Shepherd's Voice, our congregational newsletter.   At Shepherd of the Hills, our choir has been adding to our worship services long before I came here to serve as your pastor. But, I suppose, we can ask, “Why did churches have choirs in the first place?” From the Old… [more]

The Church Choir The Church Choir

Confession of St. Peter: Petros or Petra?

Texts: Mathew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-38, Acts 4:8-13, and 2 Peter 1:1-15   Each Christian congregation is to be a living embodiment, in a particular place and time, of the Church of Jesus Christ. And that just makes sense. After all, don’t Christians believe that the Jesus in heaven is the same Jesus who rose from the grave some 2,000 years… [more]

Confession of St. Peter: Petros or Petra? Confession of St. Peter: Petros or Petra?

1 Corinthians, Lesson 6: Just as a Father Corrects a Son

Paul just finished with words saying that “we” (that is, pastors such as Paul, Apollos, Cephas, and Sosthenes) are stewards of the mysteries of God. For that reason, the congregation at Corinth were not to judge them, at least that which “is now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” With that, Paul gives how we are… [more]

1 Corinthians, Lesson 6: Just as a Father Corrects a Son 1 Corinthians, Lesson 6: Just as a Father Corrects a Son

Acts, Lesson 24: Paul Makes His Way to Jerusalem, Despite the Troubles that Await

Paul is still on his third missionary journey, having met with pastors from Ephesus in Miletus. He and his traveling contingent now press on toward Jerusalem.   A short stay in Tyre Read Acts 21:1-6 In this section, we find Luke doing what he had earlier done in the book of Acts: he speeds up the narrative and lists the stops along… [more]

Acts, Lesson 24: Paul Makes His Way to Jerusalem, Despite the Troubles that Await Acts, Lesson 24: Paul Makes His Way to Jerusalem, Despite the Troubles that Await

Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Our Lord

As Christians, we usually point to Jesus’ death on the cross and say, “That’s why I’m saved.”   And, yet, we often miss that we could just as easily point to Jesus in the water of the Jordan River and say the same: “There is my salvation, forgiveness, and life!” But how can we say that? It’s because Jesus’ baptism is a death,… [more]

Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Our Lord Matthew 3:13-17: The Baptism of Our Lord