Sanctified by Grace – Preaching

A few days ago I began a blog tour on Kent Eilers and Kyle Strobel’s 2014 book Sanctified by Grace. Over the next few days I will be posting some highlights from various chapters, concluding with a review of the book as a whole. Today I turn my attention to the chapter on preaching. AsContinue reading “Sanctified by Grace – Preaching”

Preaching to Non-Believers

Trevin Wax on Preaching to Non-Believers…. There is one thing Stanley and Keller agree on: preachers ought to be mindful of the unbelievers in their congregation. Different Reasons for the Same Practice Stanley and Keller may be worlds apart in terms of their theological vision for ministry, but they both maintain that a preacher shouldContinue reading “Preaching to Non-Believers”

Fear & Loathing In… God?

Today, if you hear his voice, 8     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,     as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers put me to the test     and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation     and said, “They are aContinue reading “Fear & Loathing In… God?”

The First Look

I am getting married in a few months. As I think more and more about it I get excited, and not just for the wedding night. I am really looking forward to “the first look.” It’s a tradition that has fallen out of vogue in the last several years, but I think it’s a beautifulContinue reading “The First Look”

Servant Speaking

In his book, An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, Quentin Shultze Professor of Communication at Calvin College writes about what it means to be a servant speaker. He says that the point of speech is not to serve oneself but rather it is to serve others in love… check out what he has to say:Continue reading “Servant Speaking”

New Creation and the Glory of God

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. -Habakkuk 2:14 This is God’s intention for his creation. The earth was created to be, a place that displays all of God’s glory. This verse expresses the culmination of all of history. “Heaven” isn’tContinue reading “New Creation and the Glory of God”

Heaven and New Creation

So on Wednesday of this week I was asked by our High School pastor if I have ever preached on heaven. I thought about it for less then 1/10th of a second and said “No I have not. Why?” He let me know that they were wrapping up a series on Revelation and they unexpectedlyContinue reading “Heaven and New Creation”

Single or In a Relationship?

So over at at Soma we are in the middle of a sermon series titled “Relationship Status: Its Complicated.” As the title implies its a series on relationships. I’m up this week, after Brandon did a great job talking about Christ centered friendships its my turn to bring the word on singleness. There is anContinue reading “Single or In a Relationship?”

The Challenge of Acts 2:42-47 (pt. 2)

So yesterday I mentioned some of the challenges of preaching out of Acts 2:42-47 (which should be incredibly easy… but its not). The reason I wrote the blog yesterday was because I was sitting at my local Starbucks, STUCK, not knowing where to take the sermon. So what I did was I stopped and prayed.Continue reading “The Challenge of Acts 2:42-47 (pt. 2)”