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Posts from May 2015

The Psalms

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been planning a sermon series for this summer on the book of Psalms. I’ll begin (not this Sunday but the following Sunday, June 7) with Psalm 1. And so I found it quite interesting that as I plan to preach on the first Psalm that my daily Psalm […]

God Turns Things Upside Down

More thoughts from Psalm 107: “[God] pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes; but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.” – Psalm 107:40-41 We know through Jesus that God works to turn the existing way of things upside down. That’s not a new […]

What’s Holding Us Back?

“43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time […]

God has Done Great Things

My Psalm reading for the week is Psalm 107. It tells of many for whom God has done great things. For example: “Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; Some sat in darkness and […]

Let’s Keep the Story Going

The most thought-provoking thing I heard today at FOH 2015 (of a great many thought-provoking things) was this: The northern kingdom of God’s people (called Israel) was overtaken by the Assyrian empire around 722 BC; once overtaken, this kingdom of people pretty much faded into the woodwork of history. The southern kingdom of God’s people […]

Un-Do Us So We can be Re-Made

A few more of my favorite quotes* from Sara Miles’ lecture on evangelism at Festival of Homiletics (FOH) 2015 in Denver: – “God’s stories are supposed to un-do us so we can be re-made.” – “God’s stories are supposed to transform us.” (This gets me wondering; do we come to worship each week expecting to […]

Where is the Spirit Directing You?

“The fire of zeal is [the spirit’s] essence. But it can take different directions according to the individual. The spirit of grace leads one man to concentrate entirely on his own sanctification by severe ascetic feats, another it guides pre-eminently to works of charity, another it inspires to devote his life to the good organization […]