Archive for January, 2016


I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 11:38-44. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: By raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus vindicated His claim to have power over both life and death, and is therefore worthy of our praise, adoration, trust, and obedience.

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Month in Review


In December…

We celebrated my birthday and Karen’s at Little Italy in downtown Vancouver with Dad, Carla, Stacey, John, and Glenn.

We watched the Portland State Vikings football team end a fabulous (and unexpected) season. They lost a playoff game to Northern Iowa at Providence Park, but what a season. Go Viks!

read Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ. An excellent book that makes a strong contribution to the current discussion of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and gender identity. Read it!

We enjoyed the Christmas musical celebration of Portland Christian Church for the second year in a row. Very, very well done!

For the first time in a long time, I left a spoon in the casserole I was baking. We discovered it when we cut into it.

We had a surprise visit from Marty and Rachel Franke (along with Lucy, Lydia, and Helen)! Boy, was it good to see them!

We celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ during a Christmas Eve service at Cross Creek Bible Church. The choir was excellent (and large – 25 people!). I preached a sermon titled, “Cradle, Cross, Crown.” It was great to see so many there, including family and friends!

We enjoyed Christmas celebrations with both sides of the family. What a blessing!

We had a great time at John and Stacey’s “Leftover” party on the 27th.

We completed our read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year together. Reading out loud certainly adds to it.

continued to preach through the Gospel of John at Cross Creek Bible Church, and finished an adult Sunday School teaching on the Apostle’s Creed.

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