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By Pastor Brian, 03/02/2017 - 16:03

Changing Church, Changing World

               I need to start by tipping my hat to Dr. Tim Keller as I write this blog entry. He has been my intellectual mentor for years, not that I know him personally. He has been writing his blog about the unique challenges and opportunities for the Christian church in the next generation. I don’t know many Christian leaders who, in their 60s, have so accurately put their finger on the issues of the day.

By Pastor Andrew, 02/21/2017 - 10:55

            I assume that every surface of my house is currently home to at least three different strands of flu. For nearly a week, every member of the household has had their own version of this bug. The dishes have piled up as we have been forced to focus on only the essential elements for survival. Paul Tripp pins me to the board when he writes, “Many of you are exhausted, discourage, and frustrated.” Those three words accurately identify how I far too often feel and think about my role as a parent.

By Pastor Brian, 02/07/2017 - 13:40

The Lost Sheep

               Jesus told a parable about where his priorities lay, and where the church’s should be. Luke 15:4-7 reads:

By Pastor Brian, 01/10/2017 - 15:51

Why I Felt Small at My Installation

Yesterday, I was installed into my new office as one of two lead pastors at St. Paul’s. It was a time when many people offered me congratulations, but it didn’t puff me up. Far from feeling exalted or powerful, the installation service made me feel remarkably (and refreshingly) small and weak. It reminds me of what Aslan said to Prince Caspian.

By Pastor Brian, 12/20/2016 - 09:43

Christmas Means Don’t Be Afraid!

Recently, someone I admire made an astute point: “When we are afraid, we don’t make good decisions.” Unfortunately, alarming headlines sell, so we are more exposed to fear inducing patterns of thought than perhaps ever before. If my friend is right, that means we will see a distinct upswing in bad decision making. This is a problem.

By Pastor Brian, 11/29/2016 - 16:48

How Christmas Should Shape Our Care for the Poor

               In a beat-down doublewide trailer a family of five ate lunch on Christmas Eve. The wife worked for minimum wage at the local diner, and the man was out of work and drawing a pittance on disability. Through some local connections, our church found out that this family existed and wasn’t going to have much of a Christmas celebration.