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A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 4

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

So for in this series I’ve described the worship service I attended last month at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. I also examined the sermon preached by Tim Keller. If you read these posts, you know that I have been complimentary of both the worship service and the sermon. But you also know […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 3

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

In yesterday’s post I began to describe my experience of Tim Keller’s preaching at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Today I’ll give a summary of the sermon I heard, along with some observations.
The sermon I heard on March 14, 2010 was called “An Everlasting Name.” It was based on Isaiah 56:1-8, a passage […]

A Thriving Church in a Great City . . . Why? Part 2

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I began a short series in response to a spring-break trip to New York City, in which my family and I visited Redeemer Presbyterian Church. As I explained in my first blog post in this series, Redeemer is an exceptional church in many ways. It has received plenty of attention […]

Tod Bolsinger Offers Wise Insights on Pastors and Their Souls

Friday, April 9th, 2010

A couple of days ago I posted excerpts from a recent letter of John Piper to his congregation. In this letter, Piper explains in strikingly honest terms that he is taking an eight-month leave of absence from his pastoral duties in order to focus on his marriage and his soul.
Today, on his blog, It Takes […]

A Thriving Church in New York City . . . Why?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

During a recent visit to New York, I had the opportunity to visit Redeemer Presbyterian Church. It was my first time at Redeemer, and I was pleased to join the congregation at one of its several Sunday worship services. I had heard about this church for years, and knew that it is one of the […]

A Fine Church in Austin

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This past weekend I preached at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas. The first thing that strikes one about that church is the striking view from the parking lot.
Whether by day . . .

or in the dimming light of evening . . .

the Texas Hill Country never looked better than from the church parking […]

Park Street Church in Boston

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Last weekend I had the privilege of preaching at Park Street Church in downtown Boston. Park St. is celebrating its bicentennial this year. That’s right, 200 years! They’ve had a bunch of guest preachers, including me.
I thought I’d share some pictures of this amazing church (by which I mean the people, not just the building). […]

Now That’s What I Call Church! (Or Not)

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Check out this funny but all-too-true video about church . . .
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(Hat tip: Branon Dempsey at Worship Team Training)

Why Stay in a Sick Church?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Over the past few years, I have at times weighed in on the question of why orthodox, Bible-believing Christians should stay in denominations that flirt with heresy or abandon biblical authority. In particular, I have spoken of my own involvement in  the Presbyterian Church (USA), and why I remain in this denomination in spite of […]

Preachers Challenge IRS by Endorsing Candidates

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Yesterday, preachers throughout the country specifically endorsed candidates for President, thus challenging the IRS ruling that prohibits churches from such endorsements if they want to preserve their nonprofit status. (See, for example, this article from the Los Angeles Times.) The preachers were participating in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” which was initiated by the Alliance Defense Fund, […]

Jeremiah Wright and Otis Moss Clarify the Reasons for the Delay in Rev. Moss’s Installation as Senior Pastor

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

On Monday I put up a post having to do with the delay in the retirement of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright from Trinity United Church of Christ. My post was based largely on an article from the TIME website called “The Unretirement of Reverend Wright.” According to this article, Rev. Wright used his power […]

Another Chapter in the Sad Story of Jeremiah Wright and Trinity United Church of Christ

Monday, June 9th, 2008

I’ve been following a story that has scarcely been reported in the news. So far, I’ve only seen it at the TIME and Fox News websites. No doubt this story has been ignored by the media because it has little impact on the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, who has now withrdrawn his membership from […]