Weekly Thoughts

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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Onward Christian Strangers

Every once in a while I see a video on The Gospel Coalition that makes me think: our church would greatly benefit from this. Here is one. I’d encourage you to take time to watch it, if you can. Russell Moore is President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.[…]

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Trusting God in the Face of Death

Having performed a funeral today for my dear friend, Dr. Harry Hoffner, I find myself thinking about the challenge of trusting God in the face of death. There are numerous examples of such faith from the history of the church. I would like to present one example from the life of George Müller (1805 – 1898).[…]

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Death of a Friend

My dear friend, Harry Hoffner, died the other day. Our prayers go out to his sweet wife, Wini, and their family. Harry has been a good friend ever since he examined me for ordination ten years ago. At the top of my email inbox is an email from Harry, which I recently received. It was[…]

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On the Lord’s Side?

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the place has been called Gilgal to this day. On the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, while camped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, the Israelites celebrated the Passover. The day after the[…]

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Dangerous Christianity

Søren Kierkegaard (1813 – 1855) was a significant Danish philosopher who is widely considered to be the father of modern existentialism. A trenchant critic of the German thinker G. W. F. Hegel, Kierkegaard believed that the former’s philosophy poisoned the well of civil, ecclesial, and philosophical discourse. Kierkegaard saw the Church of his day as[…]

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