“Goodbye, Gracie.”

Today our family said goodbye to Gracie, our eldest dog. She is now buried in our backyard in the woods near the creek — a place on our property that we will treasure. At 12 years old, she was no young pup anymore. But as the alpha sibling of three other mutts, Gracie was wise….

Who is Jesus?

Listen:  This is week 4 in an 8-week sermon series we are calling, Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Today our topic is Christology, or the study of Christ. While Jesus is our focus EVERY Sunday, today we want to slow down a bit and look at some nuances to the person and work of…

4 Reasons Why Jehovah’s Witnesses are Mistaken About Jesus

In this Sunday’s message, we are going to touch on the hypostatic union. As Dave Mathis writes, “The hypostatic union is the mysterious joining of the divine and the human in the one person of Jesus.” Mysterious and controversial. In the centuries immediately following the writing of the New Testament, there were a number of church…

Cur Deus Homo?

Cur Deus Homo was written by Anselm of Canterbury between 1094–1098 A.D. In this work he asks and answers the question of why God became man. Why he wrote Cur Deus Homo is answered in the preface to his work: I have been often and most earnestly requested by many, both personally and by letter, that…

The Three Offices of Christ

This Sunday we are going to discuss the person and work of Jesus from a theological perspective, understanding the divinity and humanity of Jesus, as well as the several aspects of his redemptive work. Since we have limited time on Sunday, I wanted to share briefly about the “offices” of Christ, as we may not have…

I Made a Critical Mistake in Sunday’s Message

I made a critical mistake in this past Sunday’s message. As you know, we are in a sermon series that is examining foundational, essential doctrines of the Christian faith–an introduction to systematic theology of sorts. While doctrine is like a foundation (which is necessary and good), the danger of teaching doctrine is that it can…

Pandora’s Box

Listen:  [Here is an important addendum to this message.] In the mid-14th century, a bacteria called yersinia pestis was carried by fleas from Asia to Europe, being transported on rats that commonly infested merchant ships. As these ships arrived in ports such as Constantinople, Marseilles (mar-say), and Barcelona, the rats would disembark, carrying the infected…

Flying by the Instruments

Listen here: This is part 2 in an 8-week sermon series called Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Last week we began by asking if there is credible evidence for the existence of a personal, creator God. We discovered that the evidence is overwhelming. That evidence is what we call in theology, General Revelation, how…

Does a Personal, Creator God Really Exist?

Listen here:  Today we began an 8-week sermon series called Foundations: An Introduction to Christian Theology. We know how important foundations are for buildings. It is the same for us. We all have a foundation for how we think, engage the world and act in it. We call this foundation a worldview. Over the next…