Ascension Song

After listening to the sermon a friend wrote me: “I can’t imagine what a homecoming it was for Christ…and I wonder if the angels sang something like Paul writes in Phil 2.” Fabulous reflection. A myriad of angels serenaded shepherds at the birth of the Son with the Gloria in excelsis Deo. Imagine the song(s) that must…

Welcome to the blog!

Welcome to our brand new blog! We’ve never had an All Saints blog before, but we’re excited to start. We think a blog is a great venue for news & info about what God is doing at our church. Brad, other ministry leaders, and I will regularly post here about upcoming events, background material from the sermons…

Sermon: Ascension Matters

I’ve appreciated from a distance the work of Tim Chester at The Crowded House in the UK. Tim’s collaborative work with Jonny Woodrow on the Ascension comes with strong recommendations. The ascension has been criticized by some as a terrible evangelism strategy. If God wants people to know Jesus as the Risen Lord and King, why would…

Sermon: The Rich Young Ruler

Note: going forward I plan to gear these sermon resources posts toward Community Group discussions. The traditional reading of the passage sees here a flattering, self-righteous man whose god is his money and whose moral behavior is a self-deluded attempt to work his way into heaven. In Sunday’s sermon, I provided an alternative interpretation, but…

Sermon: Divorce and Remarriage

Back in 1992 the PCA convened a committee to study the matter of divorce and remarriage and provide advice to the denomination. The material is a bit dated by now, and the report is rather lengthy. Nevertheless, the study paper they produced is an excellent resource. The writer whom I came across that seemed to have the…

Monday Morning Amusement

Heard in the first and second grade Sunday School class last week: “Does anyone know the name that God gave to Moses to tell to the people of Israel when they asked for it?” An arm shot up above a sea of bewildered looks. “Oooh, oooh, me, I know. It was…Yah-hoo.” So very close.  

Taking God At His Word

Kevin DeYoung’s latest book Taking God At His Word is a solid-but-not-spectacular introduction to the doctrine of scripture. For a fuller treatment, consider picking up John Frame’s tome The Doctrine of the Word of God. But at a condensed 127 pages, DeYoung’s book is a succinct starter for those interested in discovering (per the subtitle) “why the Bible is…

Resources: Seven Deadly Sins & the Beatitudes

To follow up on our recent sermon series on the Seven Deadly Sins vs. the Beatitudes, here are some useful books you might consider reading: Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung: Glittering Vices D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount Thomas Watson, The Beatitudes To hear recent sermons from this series, visit our Sermons page.