Romans 1:8-17: The Gospel is Jesus

We use different words to describe faith.  We trust the 911 operator will direct our call to the closest fire station.  We rely on the bank manager to keep the ATM filled with enough money when we drive up to withdraw 20 bucks.  We believe a close friend will not betray a confidential conversation.  Faith or belief, rely on or trust: all words to… [more]

Romans 1:8-17: The Gospel is Jesus Romans 1:8-17: The Gospel is Jesus

Romans, Lesson 18: Not unto Us, but God

When we take in the macro structure of Romans, we find:   Romans 1-8: God’s inclusion of the Gentiles Romans 9-11: God’s inclusion of Israel Romans 12-15: Gentiles and Jews getting along   Has God’s Word Failed?  A Look into the Past Read Romans 9:6-9 “counted”: Greek, logizmai, credited, “reckoned.” … [more]

Romans, Lesson 18: Not unto Us, but God Romans, Lesson 18: Not unto Us, but God

David, Lesson 2: A Man Fleeing for His Life

Relations between Saul and David worsen while it grows stronger with Saul’s son, Jonathan.  Jonathan talked some sense into his father and his pursuit to murder David stopped.  Still suspicious, however, Saul again tries to kill David, the “rival” to his throne.  David was not safe at the royal court or any permanent residence.  He, however,… [more]

David, Lesson 2: A Man Fleeing for His Life David, Lesson 2: A Man Fleeing for His Life

Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old

This lesson is part of individualized instruction in adult catechesis.  A deeper understanding of the origins of Christian worship and how it developed was desired.  Here it is. Cultural Assumptions in Worship Today, many in the Church assume if God doesn’t forbid something, we may incorporate such a practice into worship.  Such a view is… [more]

Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old

The Parable of the Sower Resown

This is our pastor's article for our congregation's newsletter for February 2017.   The farmer trundles into the field to plant the seed.  You think the farmer blind, for he scatters his seeds like a crazy, reckless, unpredictable man.  Is he a farmer, at all? The seeds scatter on asphalt and gravel, among the weeds and thorns, where… [more]

The Parable of the Sower Resown The Parable of the Sower Resown