Archive for June, 2015


This morning I had the privilege of preaching a sermon called “Same-Sex Marriage: What Now?” Here’s a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Friday’s Supreme Court decision regarding Same-Sex Marriage is both a serious challenge and a significant opportunity.

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Connected Christianity: Engaging Culture Without Compromise by Art Azurdia is a good short study on what it means to be in the world but not of it. Azurdia is Assistant Professor or Pastoral Studies at Western Seminary and Pastor of Trinity Church, both in Portland, Oregon. Art brings an impassioned proclamation of the truth of God’s Word to bear on this important subject. Having heard Art preach a number of times, I heard his voice as I read his words.

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R.C. Sproul tackles the subject of suffering in this excellent book. I read the 25th anniversary edition, which has a new chapter dealing with God’s sovereignty as it relates to human suffering. Sproul doesn’t want us to be surprised when we encounter suffering in our own lives and the lives of those we love. He wants us to see suffering as a calling from God. i think he accomplished his purpose. There are better books out there on the subject, but this is a good one. It’s worth a read and consideration.

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 6:41-51 (“The Living Bread”). Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus reiterated the fact that He is the living bread, which followed a reaction by the Jews and a rebuke.

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David Murray has some good observations on Matt Lauer’s interview with Brian Williams here. He calls it the most painful interview he’s ever watched. At issue is the inability of Williams to say he lied. We could all learn from Murray’s comments.

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The Traditionalist Classic House Number TRN5-BL

Elisabeth Elliot, a godly and wise woman, graduated to glory earlier this week. Her death got me thinking about the many books she’s written. Here are five good books by Elisabeth Elliot in no particular order.

  1. Through Gates of Splendor. Elliot tells the story of the five young missionaries who were martyred at the hands of the Auca Indians in Central America in 1954.
  2. Shadow of the Almighty: The True Life and Testament of Jim Elliot. Elisabeth’s first husband’s life is chronicled. What a life it was!
  3. Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control. A classic regarding God’s view of sex and intimacy under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
  4. A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael. Carmichael was a missionary in India for fifty-three years. She had a tremendous impact on an entire generation, largely due to Elliot’s attention.
  5. The Marks of a Man: Following Christ’s Example of Masculinity. A great book for men of all ages to read about how to be a godly man.

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bread of life

I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 6:30-40 (“The Bread of Life”). The following is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: As the bread of life, Jesus sustains, satisfies, and secures all those who believe in Him.

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