Pastors' Blog

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News reports continue to chronicle economic challenges, with some predicting there may be more foreclosures in 2011 than any other year in US history. Many people are rethinking their financial and personal priorities in light of such developments. About 200 AD, Clement of Alexandria put worldly possessions in perspective with these words: "Why do transparent stones and emeralds delight thee so much, and a house that is fuel for fire, or  a plaything of time, or  the sport of the... Read More
In 1722, a man by the name of Jonathan Edwards sat down and in one sitting scribbled down what began as 21 "resolutions" in regards to his life and practice, specifically in relationship to God.  He was 19 years old at the time.  He went on to become one of, if not the most important American theologians that we've been blessed with. Despite his impact however, it's still likely that many have never heard of him, he was alive after all, quite a long time ago.  I write this article for 2... Read More

For many of us, those four words have a very clear implication.  A test is coming.  For those of us who have grown up in the age of scantron answer sheets, filling in bubbles with #2 pencils, has become a right of passage.  I was always thankful when I learned that the exams were going to be scantron, because that meant multiple-choice, or sometimes more accurately called “multiple-guess.”  With a multiple-choice test I knew that I had a least a one-in-four chance of getting the answer right. ... Read More

This Sunday in 1 Peter, we will be introduced specifically to the theme of suffering.  In preparation for Sunday I want to encourage you to reflect on the nature and purpose of suffering.  In his book, Knowing God (p 97-98) (also available in the church library) J. I. Packer writes about suffering.  He is reflecting on the suffering of so many of God’s children in the Old Testament and reminds us that these things happen “for our learning” (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:11).  We should not... Read More