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John Owen on the Imputed Righteousness of Christ

By |2014-09-25T10:34:44-05:00September 25th, 2014|Blog|

Men who have no sense in their own hearts and consciences of the spiritual disorder of their souls, of the secret continual actings of sin, with deceit and violence obstructing all that is good, promoting all that is evil, defiling all that is done by them through the lusting of the flesh against the spirit, as contrary to it, though no outward perpetration of sin nor actual omission of duty do ensue theron; who are not engaged in a constant watchful conflict against the first motions of sin, to whom they are not the greatest burden and sorrow in this [...]

God is GREAT, so we don’t have to be in control.

By |2013-03-21T07:55:24-05:00March 21st, 2013|Blog|

*Published in the Tuscola County Advertiser. For podcast information, please visit* Martin Lloyd-Jones once said that part of our problem in life is that we spend too much time listening to ourselves when instead we ought to talk to ourselves. What he meant was that our consciences, given to us by the Creator God, are quick to blind us from our sin. Christian or not, wrestling with indwelt sin is one of the most remarkable challenges we face on a daily basis. How will you deal with the anxiety, stress, bitterness and desire for control? Will you listen to [...]

Article: Responding to suffering and tragedy.

By |2012-12-22T07:33:27-05:00December 22nd, 2012|Blog|

*This article was published in the Tuscola County Advertiser on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The events of last Friday have left yet another mark on the weary souls of America. Another mass shooting, this time in an elementary school, has brought us to our weakest point searching for answers. Some people reacted to this horrible tragedy by seizing the opportunity to speak about issues of gun control and mental health. Others, like myself, simply sat with our family, stunned beyond comprehension that this happened. Again. This leads to a question we must all face some day: “How do we deal with suffering?” [...]

The Desires of Your Heart.

By |2012-07-04T09:00:37-05:00July 4th, 2012|Blog|

*Published today in the Tuscola County Advertiser* There are plenty of Scripture verses that are often abused and misused. Theologians call it “proof-texting.” What they mean is, we take our presuppositions and bring them to the text and interpret it through our feelings and/or thoughts. Instead of interpreting the verse in its historical context, and reading it through what the author was trying to say, we take our circumstances, political views, worldviews and passions and place them upon the text and read it that way. Psalm 37:4 is one of those verses. It reads: “Delight yourself in the LORD, and [...]

the LORD is my Shepherd

By |2012-06-27T09:24:56-05:00June 27th, 2012|Blog|

*Published in the Advertiser today.* One of the most famous passages of Scripture is found in Psalm 23. It is often used by pastors and lay people alike to comfort those who are going through a difficult time. As a pastor I have used this section of the scriptures to help those who are suffering understand that God really is with them and that they can trust in this reality. But why is it that we ask the question, "Where is God?" And even worse sometimes, "Why do I feel so disconnected from him?" Let's be honest for a minute: [...]

There is Danger and Beauty.

By |2012-06-20T09:12:30-05:00June 20th, 2012|Blog|

Psalm 8 is a wonderful chapter that contains only nine short verses. The writer, presumably the Israelite King David, begins this way: “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (vs. 1) If we are not careful, we will miss this part of the psalm. David begins to praise God by using God’s personal name, “Yahweh.” He calls him Adonai (translated “Lord,” meaning, “sovereign one,” and “powerful one”), but not without saying “our.” David understands God to be our covenant God, who continually chases after his people despite their rebellion. He then emphasizes his perfect [...]

the LORD and his Anointed

By |2012-06-14T10:44:47-05:00June 14th, 2012|Blog|

*Published yesterday in the Tuscola County Advertiser* I love the book of Psalms. I love how rich it is in imagery. It's a "book of praises" and helps us understand more and more what it means to worship God. It's a collection of ancient songs and was often memorized and sung in the temple. The Jewish people during the time leading up to Jesus often sang them, remembering who God is and what he has done. I also love the book because it is applicable to us today. Psalm 2 is a short psalm that has to do with some of [...]

Which Person Do You Want to Be?

By |2012-06-06T09:18:43-05:00June 6th, 2012|Blog|

*Published today in the Tuscola County Advertiser* Take a moment and read Psalm 1. The Psalmist paints a picture for us regarding the two paths that we can walk in this world. We can either walk the path of righteousness (or “blessedness”) or walk the path of wickedness. But there’s something interesting about this psalm. The writer starts off with the word “blessed” (in Hebrew this is plural and refers to happiness or supreme satisfaction); he then talks about--in true poetic parallelism--the three things you do not want to do: 1) walk, stand or sit in the 2) counsel, way, [...]

The Implications of the Gospel, Part 4

By |2012-02-07T09:39:08-05:00February 7th, 2012|Blog|

(originally published in our local newspaper on 2/1/12) We’ve thus far defined the gospel, talked about its cosmic implications, and last week showed one practical way in which the gospel affects our relationships. I have argued that the gospel is more than just good news—and certainly nothing less—as well as it affecting everything, the spiritual and natural world. It also changes how we perceive ourselves (we understand ourselves to be born with a propensity towards sin) and how we perceive God (he is holy, just, loving, wrathful and gracious). Having this “gospel grid” can teach us better ways in which we see [...]

The Implications of the Gospel, Part 3

By |2012-01-30T16:36:09-05:00January 30th, 2012|Blog|

(originally published in our local newspaper on 1/25/12) Last time we looked at the “big picture” implication of the gospel message. And it would be appropriate to clarify that yes, it is a message, but it is also more than that. It is a message that has cosmic implications because it deals with the spiritual and natural world, too. In other words, it’s a message about what Jesus has done that affects the space/time continuum. It’s about the Kingdom of God coming to bear on all of creation. But this week I want to focus in on a couple of [...]

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