Pastor David’s Blog

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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Plain and Ordinary

I am so glad that God uses ordinary things to produce extraordinary results. This afternoon, I am preparing to teach the children of Sunrise Bible Church a lesson on how God works in our world through His church. One of the points I will be emphasizing is how most church activities are rather plain and ordinary: ordinary and plain like vanilla ice cream in the midst of a hundred other choices. The primary activities of a local church, as described in the Bible, include preaching and teaching the Word, singing songs of praises to God, fellowshipping with other believers, exhorting…

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