All-Church Potluck this week!

Please come this Sunday, immediately after worship, to our last All-Church Potluck of the summer! It will be an opportunity to not only fellowship together, but also celebrate our Vacation Bible School. We’ve had at least three reasons to celebrate VBS: 1) So many people have helped — thank you all! 2) Our littlest members…

A suggestion for Family Worship

Parents, there are two books you should be aware of that are excellent resources for Family Worship. Both are published by New Growth Press — makers of the excellent Gospel Story Bible, and a good publisher to follow in any case. First, Long Story Short, which covers the Old Testament:   Second, Old Story New, which…

Four things you should know

In no particular order: 1) The Stoms family, missionaries to Africa who came for our Missions Conference in June, have a blog: click here to see what they’re up to, and please consider supporting them financially. 2) Did you know that the Amazon Smile program will donate a portion of your Amazon.com purchases to All Saints?…

General Assembly passes overture on child abuse

I was pleased to travel to Houston last week for the 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. It was an encouraging and productive week. I was honored to be elected secretary of the Committee of Commissioners for Interchurch Relations — a subcommittee of the General Assembly that receives delegates from other denominations and…

Sermon: Trinity

Michael Reeves’s book that I referenced throughout the sermon can be found HERE and it’s pure gold. Also, if you are interested in learning more about the theological and historical development of the doctrine, one of the absolute best is Robert Letham’s The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship. At 20 bucks it’s well-worth purchasing. At the center…

Sermon: Pentecost Matters

Two of the best resources that I have found on the topic of spiritual gifts were both written by Verne Poythress. Dr. Poythress has taught at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia since 1976. In addition to being a prominent philosopher and theologian he also holds a PhD in mathematics from Harvard. He, along with one of…

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…