Living as Exiles in a Foreign Land

I had the honor of preaching yesterday at my church, Westwood.  Our pastor has been faithfully walking us through the Book of Isaiah.  Last Sunday we arrived in chapter 28.  Peter quotes a portion from this chapter in the second chapter of his first letter: "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone... Continue Reading →

Our Life’s Response to this Christ Child

On Sunday our pastor led our congregation in a study of Isaiah 11:1-12.  In this passage, Isaiah further expounds upon his prophesy of a coming child that he introduces in chapter 9, the One who will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (9:6).  On one level this prophesy offered encouragement to the Israelite... Continue Reading →

What to do about ‘Noah’

I've read several reviews of the upcoming movie 'Noah.' All I have read confirms exactly what I thought would be the case, that is that the movie does not at all convey the Scriptural story of the historical Noah, the story of the Ark God commanded him to build, or the story of the flood... Continue Reading →

Gospel Transformation: Our Work

*This current series of posts seeks to answer the question, “What should gospel transformation actually look like in our fallen culture?” Because of the internal transformation of the Spirit that takes place in the life of the believer, Christians should be the very best workers any company in the world could possibly have. Further, Christians... Continue Reading →

Mindshifts in Evangelism (5)

5. We must replace cultural pessimism with gospel confidence. I am a baseball player. At least I used to be. I grew up playing the sport and still miss playing the game. Because of this, one old adage that has always rung true with me goes, "Don't take your eye off the ball." A good... Continue Reading →

Mindshifts in Evangelism (4)

4. Understand how the gospel speaks to every area of our life. Simply put, we must practice what we preach. Our culture recognizes hypocrisy like no other. I am certain that today's believer must attain a more robust understanding of the gospel when it comes to life. The gospel has something to say about every... Continue Reading →

Mindshifts in Evangelism (3)

3. Put evangelistic outlines & presentations in their rightful place. Please don't get me wrong...I love evangelistic outlines. I actually think they are getting better with time. One that has been offered recently, The Story, is the best one ever written, in my opinion, and I have used it in large group and one-on-one settings.... Continue Reading →

Mind Shifts in Evangelism (1 & 2)

As we think about discipleship differently in light of a redeemed self-discovery and self-expression, a necessary mind shift must take place in the way we think about evangelism. Much of this change deals with the way we approach it to begin with. Over the next week or so I will offer some of these mind... Continue Reading →

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