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A Prayerful Response to an All Too Familiar Reality

This post was originally sent to the members of Chester ARP Church as a pastoral letter written in response to the tragic school shooting in Nashville, TN on March 27, 2023. Like most of you, I watched the news in horror Monday evening as… Continue Reading “A Prayerful Response to an All Too Familiar Reality”

A Life of Decreasing

Friends,  In our study of John’s gospel on Sunday mornings we’ll jump over some interesting stories in order to hit the highlights. We simply don’t have the time to go verse by verse.  One of those stories we’ll skip is found in verses 22-36… Continue Reading “A Life of Decreasing”

Embracing the New Year

So, I ask you, “Who do you want to be moving forward? What do you need to change in order to become the man, woman, or family that God has called you to be for his glory?” Prayerfully determine that and then make the necessary changes in your life while relying on the grace of God and his strength to change you from the inside out. 

Be An Encourager by Faith

Friends,  One of my favorite characters in the Bible is Barnabas. In Acts, Luke tells us that he was an early convert to Christianity who came from a rich Jewish heritage. He was also one of the most generous members of the early Church. However, his encouraging spirit is the… Continue Reading “Be An Encourager by Faith”

The Reformed Tradition

I wrote the following essay for a video lesson series that our congregation used to study the Church’s history this past summer. The seventh video was on the Reformed Tradition. It particularly answered the question: What does it mean to be Reformed? If you… Continue Reading “The Reformed Tradition”

Congratulations! Now, Go Forth.

Last week I had the privilege of addressing the graduates of our local Adult Education Department. The whole class had wonderfully inspiring stories of perseverance, dignity, and strength. Below is my address to them. Maybe you’ll appreciate my words. Introduction  Congratulations to the 2022… Continue Reading “Congratulations! Now, Go Forth.”

Will You Follow Him?

I wrote the following article was written for the March/April edition of ARP Magazine, a publication of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. May it be an encouragement and a challenge to you. My task is to write an article on the Moderator of our… Continue Reading “Will You Follow Him?”

Thankfulness is Necessary — A Pastoral Note

We, like the lepers, act as if we deserve God’s good works in our lives when we don’t. This arrogance, intentional or not, is an affront to the glory of God. We glorify him when we recognize our need for him, depend upon him, and thank him for his goodness to us. 

A Witnessing Church — A Pastoral Note

[44] Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” [45] Then he opened… Continue Reading “A Witnessing Church — A Pastoral Note”

The Virtue of Peace

Our family travelled to Atlanta to visit my wife’s family on the day after Christmas. One of their family traditions is that they all work a jigsaw puzzle together. It is usually 750- or 1000-piece puzzle. My sister-in-law tapes the box lid to wall… Continue Reading “The Virtue of Peace”