An Alternative to Having Roast Pastor for Lunch

A young couple invited their older pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what...

Can I Rest Assured That I’m Assured?

Assurance.  Everybody wants it but not everyone has it.  People like to have a sense of confidence about their choices in life. Why do we hire...

An End Times Conversation

Mark 13 is our sermon text today. Passages like this always raise questions about the end times. I get asked about these issues a lot, especially...
“The Word from the Pastor” is a weekly bulletin insert and blog that our pastor writes. Often, the topics include current events, theology, personal reflections, or meditative musings.
An End Times Conversation

An End Times Conversation

Mark 13 is our sermon text today. Passages like this always raise questions about the end times. I get asked about these issues a lot, especially by visitors. Here is a transcript of how many of those conversations go (it’s fake, but frankly, it could be real.) (Bold...

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How Were OT Saints Saved?

How Were OT Saints Saved?

The simple answer is that OT saints were saved the exact same way that we are today: by grace, through faith, (in Christ.) How is that possible? What does that mean? And why did you put “in Christ” in parenthesis? Let me explain.   No one has ever been redeemed...

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Tough Talks 101

Tough Talks 101

Have you ever dreaded a conversation? I have. Many times. It needs to happen. You know that. But you dread it. You daydream about it but in the bad kind of nightmarish way. While you shower or drive, you get lost in thought rehearsing what you will say to them. You...

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Bob Cratchit: The Anti-Scrooge

Bob Cratchit: The Anti-Scrooge

Each year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I read the Charles Dicken’s short story, A Christmas Carol. For more than a decade now, I’ve enjoyed this classic as part of my holiday tradition. Its familiar phrases, quaint scenes, and uplifting seasonal message get me...

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The Legless Running Idol

The Legless Running Idol

I have fallen in love. I don’t know how else to explain it. I could use the words enjoy or relish. But nothing captures how I feel like that four-letter word: love. And what am I in love with? Running. Yes. As odd as it sounds, I’m here to confess: “My name is Tyler....

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Advice for College Students

Advice for College Students

Another semester is here. Young men and women from across the globe have descended on the Burg for another nine months. Most of us locals love what you students do to our economy while resenting what you do to our traffic (especially on Wards Road!) I, for one,...

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Sabbatical Takeaways

Sabbatical Takeaways

It was the great philosopher Arnold Schwarzenegger who said, “I’ll be back.” In July, I made that same promise (without the Austrian accent). Now it’s come true. Like it or not, I’m back! Back at FBC. Back in the pulpit. And back for another season of ministry. (For...

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