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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”

The Virtue of Love

Tina Turner famously asked, “What’s love got to do with it?” The answer is: everything.  Love, along with faith and hope, is essential for a society to function properly because love governs the interactions that people have with one another. And that’s by design.… Continue Reading “The Virtue of Love”

Christian Virtue and Society

It’s been a couple of months since I wrote a column, so I thought I’d start back with the first of a series of articles on what the Bible calls the “Fruit of the Spirit.” In Galatians 5:22-23, the Apostle Paul lists nine virtues… Continue Reading “Christian Virtue and Society”

Thankful for Faithful Pastors

I can’t help but note that All Saints Day (Nov. 1) follows after Pastors Appreciation Month. (Yes, I realize that the two special occasions are not historically related.) All Saints Day is an ancient tradition within many denominations when Christians pause to thank God… Continue Reading “Thankful for Faithful Pastors”

Church Planting and the Future of the ARP Church

Between June 14-25, Christian Education Ministries hosted our denomination’s (ARPC) summer conferences for middle and high school students at Bonclarken (the ARP’s conference center). I understand those were two great weeks, and our Lord worked powerfully among the students.  After the conferences were finished,… Continue Reading “Church Planting and the Future of the ARP Church”