This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The language of ‘feeling called’ seems to be ubiquitous in Christian circles. “I really feel called to say this…”; “I’ve just never really felt called to missions”; “Ever since that point I’ve just really felt called into the ministry.” Why do we talk like that?
Last Sunday, we kicked off the beginnings of a new 6:30pm church service. I wrote a short post about it on the church blog, and thought I’d copy it here too. Enjoy. Last night, a group of people gathered together in the St. Matt’s building at 6:30pm. In many ways it looked rather un-extraordinary –… Continue reading An Exciting Start For a New 6:30pm Service
Since we’re in the season of Advent, now is a great time to be thinking about Jesus – who he is, why he came, and all that good stuff. So for this post I want to think about a term that seems to be the source of a lot of confusion for us as we… Continue reading Why Jesus Being the ‘Son of God’ Doesn’t Mean What You Think it Means
Ephesians 6 is a familiar passage, a memorable section of Scripture that encourages us to put on righteousness, truth, faith, and salvation as if they were clothing, so that we will be prepared for the Christian life. There’s much to be gained from looking at this passage and thinking about how these different things –… Continue reading The Full Armour of God
I’ve just started reading a book called Desiring God, a book by John Piper. It’s a book that I’ve been looking forward to reading for a long time, and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. Much of my theology has been shaped by Piper – mostly through his sermons – and a… Continue reading To Desire God
Last Sunday I preached on Ephesians 3:14-21, an eye-opening passage that gives us a window into Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (you can listen to the sermon here). There is one really important phrase in the passage that I didn’t have time to look at: “For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every… Continue reading Our True Father
Heaven is a bit of a mysterious thing. We’re told Christians will be spending the rest of eternity there – that’s a lot of time. So, naturally, people want to know what it’s going to be like. How are we going to spend our time for those unending billions of years?
There are a bunch of times in the New Testament where we are told that as Christians we are together the temple of God, the place where His Spirit lives (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 2:22; 1 Peter 2:5). I think that the weight of these statements are sometimes lost on us,… Continue reading God’s Dwelling Place
Last Sunday I preached my first sermon since graduating Bible College, on Ephesians 2:1-10. It is an amazing passage about God’s grace, and there are a lot of deep truths in those ten short verses, so it was hard to keep the sermon down to 20 minutes. For this post, I want to dig just a… Continue reading God’s Amazing Grace
A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook lamenting the fact that Protestant Christians completely undervalue Mary, the mother of Jesus. In response, another person (who is a Protestant himself) added that she’s not only undervalued, but almost completely forgotten. In addition to all this, just a few months ago a fellow student of mine… Continue reading Have we forgotten the mother of Jesus?