The Baptism of Our Lord – The First Sunday after the Epiphany

“And he (John the Baptist) preached, saying,  ‘After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ 9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came… Read More

“Come and See” The Second Sunday after the Epiphany

John 1:43-51 Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael “…Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ 46 Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything… Read More

No More Sound of Weeping – The Third Sunday of Advent

A Living Sacrifice – The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

Put On Jesus – The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

No Condemnation – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Forming A Gospel Culture (Part IV)

Forming the Gospel-Framed Mind | Forming A Gospel Culture (Part IV) What is the Gospel-framed mind? Let’s go back to what we have said in our previous posts. The Gospel truth is the view of the world according to God. A Gospel framed mind sees the world the way God does. It has a Gospel-based world view.  This explanation may still be at too… Read More

Trust is Hard – The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Forming A Gospel Culture (Part III)

Elements of a Gospel Culture Forming A Gospel Culture (Part III) A Gospel culture is formed around four fundamental pillars arising out of the New Testament. These four pillars are (1) Truth, (2) Community, (3) Acceptance, and (4) Accountability. If we put it into a simple phrase we could say, A Gospel culture is the product of the Gospel truth lived out in an authentic… Read More

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Forming a Gospel Culture (Part II)

The Challenge of A Gospel Culture | Forming a Gospel Culture (Part II) Ray Ortlund, in his helpful little primer The Gospel says “It is striking that Jesus began his first extended sermon by emphasizing a gospel culture.” (pg. 71.) By this, he refers to the Beatitudes which open the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5. Let’s read them: Matt. 5:1 Seeing the crowds,… Read More