The Exchange with Pastor Josh: Where Did the Apostles Go?

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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The Exchange with Pastor Josh: The Early Church and the Church Today

Jesus commanded that we are to “love the Lord your God…with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). It is a command that can be joyfully obeyed especially when done together with other Jesus followers. That is what “The Exchange with Pastor Josh” is all about. The questions and insights that are shared are not from Pastor […]

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God’s Unusual Way of Answering Prayer

In a ministry staff meeting, our ministers were doing some self-evaluation using the “APEST” framework from Ephesians 4:11. The Lord gives some to be Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers. As we surveyed the team, most of us were shepherds and teachers. Only one of us had distinct giftedness as an evangelist, and we were […]

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Scripture Reflection – Luke 7:50

No greater words could be spoken to us by Jesus. “Your faith…” Not your works nor your worth. Not your parents nor your peers. Only humble, submissive faith in the work and worth of Jesus is what matters. “…has saved you…” Neither my emotions nor my circumstances can change It. No accusation from without or […]

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Scripture Reflection – 1Corinthians 16:9

They go together – “A wide door for effective ministry” and “many oppose me.” We expect one or the other, but the example of Paul’s ministry is that they go together.  Opposition often feels like defeat. The mosquito stings of criticism feel like daggers of deceit. The natural fatigue that comes with a “wide door […]

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Book Review: The Hole in Our Holiness

In The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012), Kevin DeYoung argues that working hard to be more like God in our moral character or “pursuing Godliness” is not legalism and antithetical to the gospel but rather a necessary expression of “gospel passion.” He rightly […]

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Scripture Reflection – Romans 13:1-2

“Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2 This is the difficulty. Both sides of […]

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A Message of Consolation

I know that many folks who are grieving and suffering this Christmas season were unable to attend our Service of Consolation. If that is you, let me offer this reflection as a word of encouragement… “We don’t know who discovered water, but it wasn’t the fish.” So goes the quote attributed to Marshall McLuhan. It […]

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Book Review

Rod Dreher, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents (2020) Author of the 2017 bestseller The Benedictine Option, journalist Rod Dreher sounds a similar note of alarm as he compares the current state of progressive ideology in politics and education combined with consumer capitalism to the surveillance state of Soviet communism. Drawing from compelling and sometimes […]

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Recommended Article – Biblical Critique of Secular Justice & Critical Theory

In Tim Keller’s incisive and illuminating way, he provides an accessible survey of the competing views of justice at work in our society, then critiques each in light of a biblical view of justice. He pays special attention to critical theory in light of its prominence in recent months. Tim Keller – A Biblical Critique […]

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