Author: Mathew Sims

Pursue Purity

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help students whether they are preparing for, attending, or have graduated from seminary to grow in the God’s grace. To read the rest of the articles in this series click here. ***************** God opened my eyes to the glories of the gospel and I started devouring theology books. It seemed like if you were a guy who loved theology and reading a lot the next step would be seminary. So I started taking classes at a local seminary. I loved taking the classes, loved the camaraderie, and loved my teachers....

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The Arrival: Prince of Peace

For many the holidays are a time of joy and merry-making with family and friends. We all have our own traditions. My family enjoys driving through our local park decked out in Christmas lights, visiting a local holiday fair, and taking a carriage ride in an adjacent community. I shouldn’t forget the food. We love some seriously good eats. And would it be Christmas without watching the classics? Elf. Miracle on 34th Street. It’s a Wonderful Life. Home Alone. However, not everyone’s holiday memories are joyful and merry. Wendell Berry gets it right, “It is hard to have hope.” No other...

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A New Covenant Meal for Mission

As we drive along the San Francisco Bay, the sunlight fights the pressing fog. When the city diminishes in the rearview, the fog slowly disappears. Sunlight at last. We skirt Sacramento then travel through unpopulated fields with soaring windmills beating like a metronome. We always knew we were getting close to Auburn, my mother’s hometown, when we left the fields and entered the ravine passing under the Foresthill Bridge. It soars over 700 feet. We make our way through town until we enter my grandma’s neighborhood. We crest the hill and below sits her small home situated comfortably in...

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Knowing God: His Name is YHWH

Editor’s note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what the character of God is and it’s importance to the Christian faith. Dave opened our series by looking at the character of God and the inspiration of Scripture. Dave wrote on understanding the names of God. Dave wrote on El Roi, the God of Seeing. Mike wrote on the jealous of God. Dave wrote on Jehovah Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts. Jason wrote on the God of Justice.  David Dunham wrote on Jehovah Shalom the Lord is Peace. Today Mathew Sims writes on...

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The Forgotten Essential of the Kingdom

We hiked through the tangled woods searching for something beautiful. The trees had changed. We started on an open path with towering trees and far reaching boughs. As the path made its way closer to the water, the trees changed becoming smaller and reaching over the path which narrowed. These branches were bent and gnarled like the hands of my grandmother. As the path descended, the air become cooler. We also heard the gurgling of water which grew into a growl as we approached our destination—a magnificent waterfall with a devastating 420-foot drop. This natural wonder is not the...

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