This is to My Father’s glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. John 15:8-9
You might be familiar with John 15. It is Jesus’ description of Himself as the Vine and believers in Him as branches – it is about His love, and how all that we do now as believers in Him – how we grow – “stems” from the supply of His love.
My letter was prompted by something posted by my relative on Facebook… The posting on Facebook was not only baseless and offensive, it was degrading… Most troubling is that I consider this individual a Christian and someone who shares my faith.
I am preaching three messages from the book of Galatians over the next few weeks as our church approaches and celebrates our 25th anniversary on May 23, Pentecost Sunday.
In discussing God’s justice and the importance of Christian involvement in society, I want to make a brief comment on the phrase “social justice” that has become controversial recently…
I will be speaking more about justice this Sunday. Coming back to a recent Sunday School class, and the question about “equity” – the difference between equality and equity is a little hard to work out, isn’t it?
In a recent Sunday School class, I used the word “equity” and was asked about its meaning. The larger question being discussed was the position or practice of our church on justice issues in society. How much our own ministry should be or will be influenced by concerns about what is happening in our society?
It was great to be back and see so many of you on Easter Sunday! I appreciated some comments that I received through email and other interactions on the phone or in person about the sermon on Easter Sunday. After thinking about it a little more…
“As to why [God works this way] we literally know nothing. But this much is certain, that he who pays attention to things at large and observes what goes on around him, can only and alone hold on to the wisdom and goodness of God by faith.”
Theologian Abraham Kuyper, 1837-1920
Do we grasp that we are His appointed representatives, bearing His name for the sake of His kingdom? How do my sins, my decisions or my plans, effect the spiritual battle in which the church is now engaged? What is my working view of our church fellowship’s significance?
Image: King David Enthroned, by Jerry Harston
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.