Advent 2018 – Isaiah 8:20-9:7 – Waiting In Darkness

Some of the verses and phrases in Isaiah 9 are probably familiar to you, especially the ones about a Child being born and a Son begin given, about His name being called Wonderful Counselor, etc. We quote those verses a lot during the Christmas season, and they even appear on some of our Christmas cards. […]

Posted on: December 6, 2018 - 10:00PM

Mark 9:30-41 – How Can I Be The Greatest?

People are fascinated with such questions as the greatest Englishman ever, or the greatest footballer, or the greatest author, or composer, or painter. The Times newspaper runs an annual Preacher of the Year competition. All this reflects an ancient attitude. The Lord’s apostles, out of earshot of Jesus (so they thought), had been arguing about […]

Posted on: November 30, 2018 - 5:06PM

Pastoral Prayer – November 28, 208

Almighty God, we who, by your grace, have seen the wretchedness of our sin, repented of it, and surrendered to Jesus as Lord – humbly come before you now at His invitation; not on our own merits but on His. We come reprising the words of Isaiah, O Lord, you are our God; we will […]

Posted on: November 28, 2018 - 11:48AM

Mark 9:14-29 – The Connection Between Prayer and Unbelief

When the disciples saw Jesus cast the evil spirit out of the epileptic whom ‘they could not cure,’ they asked the Master for the cause of their failure. He had given them ‘power and authority over all devils, and to cure all diseases.’ They had often exercised that power, and joyfully told how the devils were subject to […]

Posted on: November 23, 2018 - 10:37AM

Mark 9:2-13 – The Transfig Ya’ Dig

In order to rescue his disciples from their bondage to their own glory and their addiction to all the shadow glories of the crated world, it was necessary for Jesus to reveal a greater, more transcendent glory. So in one of the most incredible scenes in all of the biblical story, Jesus pulled back the […]

Posted on: November 15, 2018 - 10:00PM

Mark 8:31-9:1 – The Necessity of the Cross

Those who think that if they were present the day Jesus was crucified, they could have somehow prevented his death, speak out of ignorance. I often rehearse the following words to my congregation, which I am sure to have borrowed from someone else: “The cross was not an atrocity; it was a necessity.” As I […]

Posted on: November 8, 2018 - 10:00PM

Mark 8:1-9 The Reach, Breadth, and Expanse of Christ’s Compassion and Power

While many similarities exist between Mark 6:30–44 and 8:1–10, there are also key differences. For instance, the crowd in 8:1–10 is much smaller, consisting of four thousand people total, whereas the crowd in 6:30–44 consists of five thousand men. These men would have had their families with them, making the total number fed on that […]

Posted on: October 18, 2018 - 10:00PM

Pastoral Prayer – October 14, 2018

Almighty God, your people in this place – we who, by your grace, have seen the wretchedness of our sin, repented of it, and surrendered to Jesus as Lord  – humbly come before you now at His invitation; not on our own merits but on His. Merciful Father, you have adopted us as your children […]

Posted on: October 15, 2018 - 11:40AM

Mark 7:31-37 – The Compassionate Touch of Jesus

The last thing which demands our notice in these verses, is the remarkable testimony which was borne by those who saw the miracle here recorded. They said of our Lord, “He has done all things well!”   It is more than probable that those who said these words were little sensible of their full meaning, […]

Posted on: October 11, 2018 - 10:00PM

Book Review – The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield Review written by Marbeth Wickliffe Some of my favorite types of books are missionary stories. I love to hear how God uses regular people with struggles to bring glory to Himself. This book is a missionary story with a twist. It tells the story […]

Posted on: October 1, 2018 - 10:44AM