I have heard recitations of Acts 2:42 my entire Christian life. Seems the circles I run in love it. Part of it has got to be the sweet outline -- "4 things, everyone. Teaching, fellowship, bread-breaking, and prayers." But another part of it has got to be the beauty. Who wouldn't want to be part of something as radical as the early days of the church? Jesus ascended. The Spirit fell. The crowd gathered. Peter preached, and 3,000 souls were added to the church. How did they respond? Acts 2:42. (12 Minutes, 3000 Words) Read More
Creeping, slowly and steadily, unbelief was ready to pounce on the early Jewish believers. They were, after all, outcasts in their culture, for their acceptance of Jesus as Messiah made them different, societal pariahs. So the author of Hebrews compared their generation to Moses'. (6 Minutes/1100 Words) Read More
I recently sat down with a pastoral friend of mine to catch up. During the course of our conversation, we began talking about various ministries and events coming up in each our lives. Since Christmas, at the time of the conversation, was right around the corner, he began asking me about our Christmas Eve Services, so I told him about the teaching rhythm I've landed on for both that service and also Good Friday. (10 Minutes/1800 Words) Read More
When one sits down to read the Bible, they will often begin in Genesis. There, the story unfolds with the beauty and extravagance of God’s creation. He speaks light into being. He commands the separation of the waters. Dry land and vegetation appear. Lights appear in the heavens. Animals are formed in the sea and sky and earth. (6 Minutes/1100 Words) Read More
Calvary Monterey, the church I pastor, embraces a simple ministry model. We aren’t a collection of Sunday plus a billion ministries to subspecific groups. The left-handed-golfers-with-a-plus-13-handicap will have to look elsewhere for a ministry explicitly catered to their needs. Instead, we mostly gather together on Sundays and disperse into homes and coffee shops and office spaces during the week. And when our groups gather, part of their time together is spent in discussion about the previous Sunday’s text and teaching. (6 Minutes / 1300 Words) Read More
Like smoke’s residue, the stench of his rebellion clung to him. The waves and billows of David's sin had pushed him to the floor. He felt unable to stand. (500 Words / 3 Minutes) Read More
Christina and I are not the same people we were in 2002, the year we stood before God and witnesses and declared our covenant of love for one another. As age and life has ticked by, we have both matured. In a sense, because we were relatively young when we married, we have grown up together. But our personal growth is not due entirely to the natural flow of life. No, we have both experienced spiritual transformation at the hands of Jesus Christ. He has shaped and molded us over the years. (5 Minutes / 1000 words) Read More
The fifth chapter of Romans opens with delight...
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Do you want to know God? Get amongst His people. Read More
Acts 2:42 has been a wonderful diagnostic for me over the years, a mirror helping me see how or where some things might need to shift in my life...
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