Weekly Thoughts

When Catholics Visit Your Church…

Whenever I speak at churches on the topic of talking with Catholics about the gospel, there is a particular question that normally emerges: How can Protestant churches engage Catholics (and former Catholics) on Sunday morning? It’s a difficult question to answer, since we seldom think of Catholics as a people group who possess a distinct culture. And[…]

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Perspective on the Number of Converts to Catholicism in the U.S.

Conversion from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism has received attention over recent years, partly on account of autobiographies that describe the movement. For example, in 1993, a Presbyterian graduate of Gordon-Conwell, Scott Hahn, published Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism. In 1994, Professor Thomas Howard wrote his story, Lead, Kindly Light: My Journey to Rome.[…]

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“Blind Spots” by Collin Hansen

Last month, at our New Covenant Community Chat, we considered Collin Hansen’s new book Blind Spots as a way to reflect upon our doctrinal, missional, and service-oriented commitments. Following up from that conversation, I would like to offer the following insights by Ed Stetzer on Collin’s book (in Christianity Today), which help us to boldly love each other and unite[…]

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Dual Level Preaching

It was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. Following an exposition of Matthew 2 in which I explained the typological significance of Jesus’ flight to Egypt against the background of salvation history, an older member of the congregation put his arm around me and asked if he could offer some[…]

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The Claim of Jesus

On this 50th anniversary of New Covenant Church in Naperville, we desire for the spotlight to be on our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. In numerous ways, we have been telling the story of our congregation, connecting the dots between God’s promise to save and the rhythms of life that have unfolded here over the decades.[…]

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Living Like Mary in a Martha World

Every so often I read an article that speaks directly to my current life situation. Here is one of them. It’s written by J.D. Greear, pastor of the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. I would like to share it with you for a few reasons. First, as we are currently celebrating New Covenant Church’s Fiftieth Anniversary, we would[…]

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New Covenant Church Vision at Fifty Years

This Sunday, April 12, will begin our Fifty Year Anniversary, a time in which we set aside three weeks to celebrate God’s goodness and grace to our church. A particular highlight for me in preparation for this occasion has been collaboration with Professor Edith Blumhofer, for whom I give special thanks. Edith has spent many[…]

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Christ is Risen!

Christ the Lord is risen! He has risen indeed. But don’t simply believe it. The risen Christ exercises dominion over the expanse of history. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. In the final words recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end[…]

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My Song is Love Unknown

It will soon be Good Friday, a time to read Scripture, poetry, hymns, and events from church history that probe into the wonder of Jesus’ cross. One of my favorite poems is one that we’re planning to sing on Friday evening at New Covenant Church, My Song is Love Unknown. Let the lyrics sink into[…]

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Talking with Catholics about the Gospel

Today is the official release of my new book, Talking with Catholics about the Gospel, by Zondervan. With over 75 million Roman Catholics currently living in the United States, it is no surprise that many of our neighbors, friends, and coworkers identify themselves as Catholic. In this book, I provide an easy-to-follow introduction to basic[…]

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