Be Excellent as Christ Is Excellent

Be Grounded in God’s Own Glory and Excellence As Daniel Harrington and James Keenan contend, “From an ethical viewpoint, the end is the quintessential point of departure, since strong ethical systems always start with the end. The goal always defines the agenda being...

The Necessity of the Atonement

We’ve been looking at the atonement in our study of Great Doctrines of the Bible by Martyn Lloyd-Jones. First, we looked at a few theories of the atonement that don’t do justice to the teaching of Scripture. Then, we looked at the biblical teaching of the...

Husband of One Wife and Fighting Sexual Sin

On today’s Warriors of Grace episode, Dave talks about what it means to be a husband of one wife, along with providing strategies to learn to fight sexual sin with Scripture, joy in the Lord, and other practical guidance. What you’ll hear in this episode What it means...

John Knox: The Founder of the Presbyterian Church

When we consider the Reformers, we may picture strong men and women with booming voices that echoed around the gathered crowd. We picture them as fearless, rebuking whoever contradicted the true teachings of Scripture, calling out heresy for what it was. But this...

Christ-Centered Teaching: How His Kingdom Comes

Introduction What is the message we have to preach, but this? “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Recently I preached this core Christian message. It was recorded, and subsequently broadcast on several sites that ended up on the Internet. I often receive replies to...

Tim Chester- Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave and Tim Chester talk about the purpose and nature of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, how Christian’s shared stories give them identity and shape the way they live, along with his new book, Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and...

Neighboring: Loving Your Neighbor

Why Hospitality Is for All Christians

The Diverse Family of God Radically ordinary hospitality—those who live it—see strangers as neighbors and neighbors as family of God. They recoil at reducing a person to a category or a label. They see God’s image reflected in the eyes of every human being on earth....

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality

1. Hospitality reflects the gospel. Faithful Christians are—and have always been—a strange minority in a hostile world. Redeemed by Christ, we have lost our old lives—and with our lives, we have left behind the history, identity, and people who once claimed us....

The Incarnation of Jesus and Genuine Christian Hospitality

Around Christmas, Christians celebrate the birth and life of Jesus, who was born in a manager and came to earth on a rescue mission to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). Recently I’ve been thinking about the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus and how it intersects with...

5 Myths about Hospitality

Myth #1: Only people with the “gift” of hospitality are expected to practice it. Hospitality is...

I Was, and You…

I Was, and You…

As I have stated elsewhere, our church’s “mission statement”—which is simply our way of putting a biblical gospel mission into our own words—is: “Worshiping God and welcoming all, with gospel truth and neighbor love.” That fits well with this current Servants of Grace...

God Saves Neighborhoods

God Saves Neighborhoods

Jonah 3:4, 5, 10—“Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, ‘Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least...

Living Next Door to Urkel

Living Next Door to Urkel

My family, along with our missional community, has been devoted to being good neighbors in this overlooked neighborhood for the past three years. We’ve walked the streets, played with children on the playground, welcomed people to eat meals with us in the park, served...

The Gospel at Work

The Gospel at Work

Most Americans spend 40-60 hours each week at work, which averages out to 90,000 hours spent at work in one's lifetime.[i] Yet, many Americans are unhappy with their current job. Work is seen as something that is necessary in order to make a living and be able to do...

Loving by Listening and Why It Matters

Loving by Listening and Why It Matters

I’m in the presence of an oxygen-breathing, image-bearing, eternal soul, yet I struggle to focus on what he or she is saying. I wish it were as easy as putting away my phone or turning down the music, but it’s not that simple. Those things certainly help, but they...

Fostering Hospitality

Fostering Hospitality

In this series on being a neighbor, that is, on what it means to fulfill the second of the Great Commandments—“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt 22:39)—I want to look at what it means to be a neighbor to some of society’s most vulnerable people: orphans....

Hospitality and Entertaining Angels

Hospitality and Entertaining Angels

Hospitality and Entertaining Angels The week of the 9/11 terror attacks, I escaped from an abusive marriage.  I gathered up my three small children; my youngest son was not yet walking. We presented ourselves at the pastor’s office of a church I had visited exactly...

Headache Heartache and Kindness Blindness

Headache Heartache and Kindness Blindness

“The pain that gnaws me takes no rest …” (Job 30:17) “Weep with those who weep…Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Romans 12:15; Galatians 6:2) Headache Heartache I was a 30-year-old guy minding my own business. As pastor of 100 and father...

Neighbor Love

Neighbor Love

Being a good neighbor, or—to express it more biblically—“loving my neighbor” has taken on new meaning for me of late. Like Christians throughout Church history, I have long understood that Jesus defines “neighbor” as anyone that comes across our path with whatever...

Neighbor Evangelism

Neighbor Evangelism

Visible Witness Numerous texts identify a visible Christian lifestyle as a powerful evangelism tool. It is through what people see that they will take notice of who and Whose we are. It is by seeing our good works that people’s slander will be contradicted and their...

My Neighborly Church

My Neighborly Church

Galatians 6:10, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Something was clearly wrong when Jesse struggled to stand after one corporate worship service in March. She was out of breath,...

Our Miserably Tarnished Version of Hospitality

Our Miserably Tarnished Version of Hospitality

The church’s focus on bringing the world into the pulpit and pew has had its effect on the home and how we view hospitality. We have set our gaze to the world for our cue to exhibit a miserably tarnished version of hospitality. Like the church, we have become...