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Pastor David’s Blog

Waiting in My Father’s World

If you were sitting next to me in my office you would have seen two seemingly unrelated items on my computer screen late this morning. The first was a piece of music – an arrangement of “This is My Father’s World” – that I am considering to have our church choir sing. The arrangement is powerful, beautiful, and awe-inspiring. The second was an email update from the adoption agency my wife and I are working with. For those of you who do not know, Casey and I are pursuing an international adoption. We have now completed the bulk of our…

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Yes, I’m Proud To Be An American

On this Independence Day here are three reflections as a Christian Pastor in America. First, I am proud to be an American. Of course there is such a thing as sinful pride that no Christian should embrace. When it comes to national pride, sinful national pride would include the idea that we ourselves made our country or that no other countries have anything much good to offer to the world. This sinful attitude shows up in a sneering and snobbish look toward the other nations of the earth. Christians should reject that kind of pride. We are blessed of the…

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What I’m Reading – “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self.”

“The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to the Sexual Revolution” by Carl Trueman. In reviewing Trueman’s work, I want to begin not with Trueman but with Walt Disney: “Have faith in your dreams and someday Your rainbow will come smiling through No matter how your heart is grieving If you keep on believing The dream that you wish will come true.” Cinderella Both Trueman’s book and the review you are reading now are a bit dense (though not as dense as some of the people he interacts with). Truerman’s 426 pages…

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Through the Bible – 2021

For a little over five years I have been listening, on a regular basis, to audio books. More specifically, I’ve listened to about 50 of them. Many of them have been quite long. I would guess, off the top of my head, that they averaged about 25 hours in length (for those counting, that means a lot of them were very long!). I have come to really enjoy the format. I find that I can focus on most of them quite well when I am engaging in various tasks. This year, I have decided to add a new audio book…

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Order for Home Worship – Sunday, November 8, 2020

Here is a guide for home worship for the Lord’s day – November 8, 2020. Today is a good day to reflect on God’s sovereign care and will. These are easy things to celebrate when life is good and easy. They are likely more important when life is hard and difficult. Today will be hard to not be with our brothers and sisters in Christ. But God knew this would happen and we rest in His care. With this in mind, here are a few hymns to sing, a prayer to consider, and Scriptures to read. May the Lord bless…

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A Prayer of Confession

Pastor Stertz mentioned the prayer confession offered in “The Book of Common Prayer” during Sunday’s Sermon. Here it is: “Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways, like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things we we ought to have done, and we have done those thins which we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us. But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders. Spare those, O…

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On Church Attendance

Whenever a pastor preaches, teaches, or writes on the subject of church attendance, two responses can leap into the forefront of some people’s  minds. One, “He must be really upset about certain people skipping church!” Two, “He only is upset because it’s his job!” Both thoughts are true in some sense but not in the cynical sense that might appear on first glance. As I pastor, I am upset when church members skip the assembling of God’s people and I do think about it because it’s my job. However, these are not bad things. Let me explain why. First, let…

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They Said It Wasn’t Religious

Last month I listened to an episode of EconTalk, a podcast I regularly tune into that deals with the subject of Economics. I highly recommend the podcast if you want to learn about Economics. This particular installment was an interview with Robert Wright who has recently written a book titled “Why Buddhism is true: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.” The conversation was largely about meditation and mindfulness. In the opening moments, the interviewer, Russ Roberts, stated “despite the title…this is not really a religious book.” Wright responded “You are right: the book isn’t about the kind of…

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Quick Thoughts on Divorce and Children

Divorce continues to wreak havoc to our American society. As a pastor, I have heard this statement numerous times from people who are considering divorce: “it is best for the kids that we divorce.” The reasons given are almost always the same. The husband and/or wife do not want the kids to see his or her or their behavior because that “hurts the children.” Jayne, a woman quoted in Thom Rainier’s book “The Millennials,” offers a personal, passionate, and devastating critique of such statements: “Mom said that it was best to divorce so my brothers and I didn’t have to live…

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God’s Sovereignty and the Political Blues

Most conservative, American Christians have voted Republican over the last several decades: this is not a secret. As a conservative, American Christian I have done the same. Though I have never made this central to my ministry as a pastor, my personal political leanings have not been a secret for anyone who wanted to know them. One more fact that is not a secret: many, if not most conservative, American Christians are not Donald Trump supporters. A myriad of reasons exist why such Christians do not support Trump. Many of these kinds of Christians are quite discouraged about the possibility…

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