Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Reading Docket Is Set...

I'm probably thinking a tad too ambitious, but this ought to keep me busy...

Here's some books I'm hoping to tackle this summer:

Just Ride: A Practical Guide To Riding Your Bike by Grant Peterson
Hoping to get a nugget or two of encouragement and practical help for my hobby.

Side By Side: Walking With Others in Wisdom and Love by Ed Welch
I've never been disappointed with a Welch book and I'm sure the practical wisdom will be helpful.

The Matheny Manifesto by Mike Matheny
My favorite baseball team's manager wrote this and I haven't gotten to it yet.

God Dwells Among Us by Greg Beale
Beale has abbreviated some themes he's written on elsewhere in this book and it will be a good Biblical theology to dig in to.

The Pastor and Counseling by Jeremy Pierre
I always like to read practical books on helping me help people make progress in the "stuff" of life.

India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
Hoping to learn some history of a country I've grown to love.

What Does The Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality? by Kevin DeYoung
While much of our culture war isn't about the Bible at all, this is important for people who claim to be Christians to know.  Reading this by a typically clear writer to get more perspective.

Testimony of the Beloved Disciple by Richard Bauckham
My next series in 2016 will be on the Gospel of John so this will be good background reading.

I'm also working my way through Andrew Fuller's sermons (I'm using the Logos edition)...

And, Tony Reinke's book Newton on the Christian Life will emerge soon.

Also, I anticipate Don Whitney's Praying the Bible to be a great addition for the summer.

Having said all of this, though, I will not allow this reading to crowd out the regular, unhurried time in THE BOOK, so if you dig these recommendations, why not dig into 1 John with me this summer.  Just read a chapter each weekday and you'll be steeping long and with much fruit.  Tolle Lege!  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dreaming and my thoughts went here...

So, I was dreaming about our H2Go Team's vision, asking the Lord how He might lead us in global missions and this song was brought to my memory:

Lyrics from
1 How sweet and awesome is the place
with Christ within the doors,
while everlasting love displays
the choicest of her stores.
2 While all our hearts and all our songs
join to admire the feast,
each of us cries, with thankful tongue,
"Lord, why was I a guest?
3 "Why was I made to hear your voice,
and enter while there's room,
when thousands make a wretched choice,
and rather starve than come?"
4 'Twas the same love that spread the feast
that sweetly drew us in;
else we had still refused to taste,
and perished in our sin.
5 Pity the nations, O our God,
constrain the earth to come;
send your victorious Word abroad,
and bring the strangers home.
6 We long to see your churches full,
that all the chosen race
may, with one voice and heart and soul,
sing your redeeming grace.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Weekend Recap - 5/17/15

My 5/17/15AM sermon, God-Centered Marriage (Roles) surveying Genesis 1-3 is now online.  This message had me wrestling with the Biblical tensions around what role the husband and the wife are to play in marriage and how they are informed by the Gospel.  I hope it encourages you.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekend Review - God Centered Marriage

My 5/10/15AM sermon, God-Centered Marriage from Genesis 2:18-25, helped launch our new HomeWord series (grounding families in the truth of God's Word through the Gospel to God's glory).  This sermon, in particular, focused in on some of the broad contours of what God intends for marriages that honor Him.  For instance, God is the point of marriage, there are roles to be seen, a marriage should think one not two, utilizing wise communication and celebrating physical intimacy are the highlights from this week.  I hope it encourages you and drives to live to God's glory in your relationships.

Monday, May 04, 2015

India Reports

We've been reporting on our trip to India the past couple of weeks.  Yesterday, we got to hear from my good friend Luke and what he's working in.  At any rate, please check out the Illuminate India Reports for more info.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

India Report is Live

My 4/26/15AM talk, the Illuminate India Report, with Cameron Wood is now online (Audio / Video).    We appreciate the great support and feedback we were able to receive from so many in the congregation.  It was a great time to come together and reflect on what God allowed us to see and do. I know there's much more we could have communicated, but we wanted you to see how this trip tied to the Great Commission and what some short term connections might be.  We look forward to connecting in deeper ways through the coming days and months, especially this coming Sunday and Luke and Julie report to us.  I hope you had a blessed Lord's Day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Church, The Future Generations and Revival

Here's an important question answered from Ray Ortlund's When God Comes to Church:

"Do we want to guarantee that our children will run in the opposite direction of our most cherished biblical convictions?  All we have to do is sterilize our churches.  Make them rigid, unresponsive, grim.  Require of our ministers that they play the role of scolding, scowling Reverend Eat-Your-Peas. Treat the gospel as a theological system only, rather than also as a personal remedy.  Use the Bible as ammunition for "culture wars" rather than as food for life.  Withdraw from the historical situation in which God has placed us.  Build up the walls, reinforce the barriers and make certain that no experience gets in here.  Ignore the fact that "doctrine only" is not itself a biblical doctrine.

"But do we want our children to embrace our biblical convictions with joy?  Let our churches become environments fertile with revival potentialities.  Let's shape our churches with deliberate intention that their content and tone may encourage our children, and all others, in true experience of God.  Let our convictions open up to their eyes a glorious vision of God and to their hearts the succulent pleasures of God.  We cannot trigger a divine visitation on our churches, but it is our responsibility prayerfully to offer our Lord a church steeped in the gospel and tenderly responsive to his presence.  His Spirit's blessing should not have to work against the logic and ethos we create.

(pp. 16-17)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekend Recap - 4/19/15 - Abide

My 4/19/15AM sermon, The True Vine from John 15:1-11, is now online.  There were so many things to say about this powerful word from Jesus on being the True Vine and without Him we can do nothing.  My heart was rocked to the core by Him and I tried to help our people see these things.  My outline got at connections between us and the True Vine and how we live in the here and now.  I hope you find encouragement in it.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekend Recap - 4/12/15

My 4/12/15AM sermon, The Way, The Truth and The Life from John 14:1-7 is now online.  This sermon was me unpacking what Jesus meant when He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me."  There is a bit of a context and Jesus' words give good comfort to all kinds of troubled hearts.  I hope you find it encouraging today.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Weekend Recap - Easter 2015

My 4/5/15AM sermon, The Resurrection and the Life from John 11:17-27, is now online.  This sermon was my Easter 2015 message and part of our ongoing series on who Jesus and what He did.  We are surveying the 7 I Ams of Jesus and this week landed on resurrection truth.  I hope you find it encouraging.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Weekend Recap - 3/29/15

My 3/29/15AM sermon, The Good Shepherd from John 10:11-18, is now online.  This sermon proved to be a great text for Palm Sunday as seeing that the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep is such a profound truth in the section of Scripture.  Holy Week builds to Jesus' death and resurrection and these themes easily emerged from Jesus' own description of what He came to do.  I hope this sermon encourages you, as well.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Carson on how Good Friday relates to Easter

In the Pillar NT Commentary on John, here's a great connection Don Carson makes (commenting on John 10:17):

Jesus lays down his life in order to take it up again. Jesus’ sacrificial death was not an end in itself, and his resurrection an afterthought. His death was with the resurrection in view. He died in order to rise, and by his rising to proceed toward his ultimate glorification (12:23; 17:5) and the pouring out of the Spirit (7:37–39) so that others, too, might live.

Monday, March 23, 2015

CBC H2Go - Christ: The Joy of Missions

I'm posting today over at our church's missions blog:

Habbakuk 3:17-19 "Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places."

Strategic Recklessness is really about JOY.  "We forsake our security and comforts in this life to fulfill the Great Commission and to seek our everlasting joy in Christ."  Christ does give us a superior joy.  Somehow the prophet knew this reality to be true.  Even though everything seemed to be taken away, He still had God and that was the place of joy.  Missions might mean you are inconvenienced, persecuted or even put to death, but having that everlasting joy in Christ means that it will never end.  It's yours today in Him.  Christ is the joy of missions.  Let Him inspire you to give up all for sake of His cause.

Weekend Recap - 3/22/15

My 3/22/15AM sermon, Jesus Is The Door from John 10:7-10 is now online (Small Group Questions here).  I had been out of the pulpit a couple of weeks with my India trip, so it was good to return to this series that our church is doing through this Easter season.

This particular sermon highlighted how Jesus is exclusive from other religious leaders, how He's the Savior and how He gives abundant life.  So, I'm hoping this sermon was helpful and engaging and promoting a deeper reliance on Him.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Weekend Recap - 3/1/15

My 3/1/15AM sermon, Introduction to the I Am's from John 20:30-31 is now online.  This sermon introduced a sermon series our church is pursuing through the Easter season on the 7 I Am's of Jesus in John's Gospel.  Here's a helpful chart overviewing where we're headed:

My hope through this sermon was to help people connect to John's purpose: that we may see Christ and believing in Him, we may have life in His name.  Hope you have a great Sunday.