The Need For Honesty, Part 1: Atheistic Dishonesty

Need for honestyThe need for honesty from the Church, Atheism, and Millennials. Part 1 of 2…

A couple of days ago CNN ran a blog post by Rachel Evans entitled, “Why Millennials are leaving the Church”. This post has gone viral and has the blogging world in a spin. In the post she expressed her thoughts on why many Gen-Xers and Millennials are leaving the Western Church. For her, there is a disingenuous element to much of the “seeker-friendly” evangelical church, which does not sit well with this new generation, which is longing for genuine, gracious, and real-life community. There are elements of her argument, which I do not fully agree with, however, overall I think she articulated the larger ideas of why this demographic is bleeding out of the church. If you would like to read the full article it is available above.

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The Graciousness of the Law

The graciousness

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If you’ve paid attention to various laws, you’ll see how insane some can seem. Here in NYC there are some interesting laws on the books. For example, a $25 fine can be levied for flirting, it is against to throw a ball at someone’s head for fun, it is illegal to jump off the Empire State building, and you are not allowed to walk across the street diagonally.  Continue reading

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Jude 5-16: Everything Is a Sermon

Jude

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For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Jude 1-4: A Faith Worth Contending For

Jude

Originally a sermon preached at a Youth Camp
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“1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” Jude 1-4

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Newness in Christ

GoodbyeOldHelloNew

Originally a sermon preached June 2013
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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” 2 Cor. 5:17

As one considers their life before Christ, this verse provides such a renewed sense of joy. However, to be honest, as a believer who has heard this verse for many years, I have often wondered what this meant. What does it mean to be a “new creation”?

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Post 4th of July Reflection

JS1000416“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” –Declaration of Independence

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A Biblical Theology of Marriage

Theology of MarriageWhat is marriage?

This is a question that is receiving an enormous amount of attention in recent days. This is especially true since yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court seemed to take the first steps in the eventual legalization of same-sex marriage. While this discussion is not over, it is probably naïve to believe it will end in favor of those defending the traditional view of marriage.

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