Dear Lord, Another bomb has gone off in the name of religion. More people have been killed as a proclamation of righteousness. The world continues to descend into a spiral of hostility and violence. And we wonder, "When will it end?" We cry out for peace but see only war. We yearn for love but … Continue reading An Easter Prayer
Last week my family took my wife's parents on a trip to California to visit their old homestead. On that trip, we hiked through Redwood forests and ocean-side trails that left me in awe of God's creation. As I was soaking in the view pictured above, the words of Psalm 8 came flooding to my … Continue reading Psalm 8
Yesterday, I closed out my sermon series on "7 Life-Changing Questions of Jesus" with this one from Matthew 7:3: "Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" In my sermon I pointed out that, in Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus distinguishes … Continue reading Is It Wrong for Christians to Judge?
My current sermon series "7 Life-Changing Questions of Jesus" is coming to end, so I thought I would share some of the points/lessons/applications that have come to the surface so far... Our belief in Jesus' ability is directly connected to our belief in his identity. When Jesus heals (the blind, for example), it is a … Continue reading Sermon Highlights
Here's a brief message to members of the Alameda Church of Christ: I was recently engaged in two conversations that I want to share with you. The first conversation was with a group of people who attend churches outside the Church of Christ. They were lamenting the fact that worship music has become so loud … Continue reading A Message to Alameda Members
Hey Alameda folks! I love how active our church family is, but what I love even more is that all that activity is connected to our mission of developing committed followers of Jesus Christ. In other words, the aim of our activity is to glorify Christ and not ourselves. Here are 10 things happening now … Continue reading 10 Things Every Alameda Member Needs to Know