Category: discipleship

Book Review: Compassion and the Mission of God

Rupen Das. Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Invisible Kingdom. Carlisle: Langham, 2016. Objectively reviewing books written by acquaintances, colleagues, and friends is always difficult to do. This is eased considerably when the work they’ve produced is undeniably really, really good. Such… Continue Reading “Book Review: Compassion and the Mission of God”

Being a “Let Us” Community

Sunday, October 25th, 2015. 176th Anniversary Service. Guest Speaker, Rev. Heather Myers. Being a “Let Us” Community (Hebrews 10:19-25)

A (Sort of) Book Review: Reading Revelation Responsibly

Michael J. Gorman. Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness, Following the Lamb into the New Creation. Eugene: Cascade, 2011. I had, for a long time, bucked against any notion of preaching on Revelation. Ok, maybe chapters 1-3; lots of compelling challenges for the church… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Reading Revelation Responsibly”

Jesus: “An Unexpected Messiah”

Sunday, April 13th (Palm Sunday) 2014. Jesus: “An Unexpected Messiah”. Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dorman Quinton Preaching on Mark 11:1-17.

Canon within the Canon?: Thoughts on Reading the Bible Better

We all have certain portions of Scripture we focus on more than others. We know that, right? I’m not being presumptious in saying we’re aware of the fact we do this? I hope not. I hope we all recognize that we do it. We… Continue Reading “Canon within the Canon?: Thoughts on Reading the Bible Better”

“Do this in Remembrance”: An Invite to the Table

Before the actual post begins, I need to give thanks for the great help which I received on this from Joel Burdeaux (Pastor of New Life Community Church in Farmington, Maine) and Alastair Roberts (a student in Durham, England). These two fine (and well-bearded)… Continue Reading ““Do this in Remembrance”: An Invite to the Table”

A (sort of) Book Review: “The God of the Mundane”

Matthew B. Redmond. The God of the Mundane. Kalos Press, 2012. I am always thrilled by the offer of free books. I was especially flattered when an author offered his own book free of charge and asked me to review it. It was wonderful… Continue Reading “A (sort of) Book Review: “The God of the Mundane””

Bite Your Tongue: Gossip, Lies, and Other Stuff Christians Never Do

Christians are pretty good at sinning. Sometimes it seems we are as good as everyone else at getting ourselves in trouble. But there’s this one thing which we really excel at. There’s this one sin (or group of sins) that for one reason or… Continue Reading “Bite Your Tongue: Gossip, Lies, and Other Stuff Christians Never Do”

Inspiration comes from the weirdest places…

My daughter is fast approaching that wonderful time in the journey of life; this weekend, we bought her a potty.  This really doesn’t seem like “church” talk or the subject matter for a “spiritual reflection” or whatever you want to call a pastoral blog… Continue Reading “Inspiration comes from the weirdest places…”