Unpacking the Inexhaustible Riches of Psalm 119: Part 1

As we preach through sections of Psalm 119 this month, we’ll discover a rich vocabulary describing the many ways our speaking God talks to us. Each sermon will provide a chance to unpack the eight different words that are used to describe God’s Word. Today I want to give you a preview of the first…

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Upon Further Review

Two Sundays ago, I preached on Genesis 1:28 in our Origins sermon series. The focus was on what it means to be fruitful and multiply, how sin has affected that, and where and how the gospel comes into play. I heard feedback from some people who were encouraged by it and from some others who…

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The Difference Compassion Makes

Last Sunday we continued our series in Genesis 1-3 with a message about gender and sexuality. We closed looking at 1 Peter 3:15-17 where we heard God call churches like ours to be both compassionate and courageous. Today I’d like to zero in on compassion by passing along a true story found in the book,…

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Implications of the Image of God, Part II

Amy and I do a lot of at-home dates. With young kids, it’s difficult to go out often. We tend to frequent the same few local restaurants for take-out. We go back to them again and again because the food is always good. We know that when we order from them, we will enjoy the…

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Implications of the Image of God, Part I

Two Sundays ago, in our Origins sermon series, I preached on being made in the image of God from Genesis 1:26-28. If you didn’t get a chance, you can watch it here or listen to it on Spotify or iTunes. The truth contained in this text is one of the most foundational in all the…

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Why Are We Having a Book Study on Transgender Identities?

Beginning this Sunday morning, January 23, I’ll be facilitating a book study of the book, “Embodied: Transgender Identities, The Church, and What the Bible Has to Say.” Why this book and why now?  Back in 2015 Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, created a media sensation when he announced that he believed…

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Mary’s Child and a Bible Reading Plan

What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?   As we made our way through the Advent season this year, it occurred to me that Mary, Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds, Simeon, and Anna all had one thing in common. They all knew that this baby born to Mary was…

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New Songs and Mrs. Lu’s Amazing Spring Rolls

When I was a teenager in California, the Lu family moved in with us for a time. They were recent immigrants from Vietnam and when they moved in, the mom in the family of five, Mrs. Lu, would cook for all of us from time to time. At first, I found the food very strange.…

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