Easter, Gospel, Jesus Christ, Musings, Theology

Reflections on the Cross

The Impact of Christ’s Substitutionary Atonement on the Cross God could not accept us as we are, sinful, rebellious, selfish, unrighteous, unholy, unloving. He could not just ignore our condition without the cross. God does not accept us as we are, but in spite of the way we are, He… declares us righteous in Christ’s …

Musings, Resources

Books I Enjoyed this Year

The Best Books I Read This Year Some of these were read, others a combination of listening and reading. I’ve become a big fan of audiobooks (I am an auditory / visual learner.) Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, by E. Randolph Richards, Brandon J. O’Brian Excellent book to remind us that not only must we …

Accountability, Musings, Worship

What creates unity and maintains fellowship?

For the last 5 months I have been studying and teaching 1 Corinthians, Paul’s letter to a dysfunctional, divided, immature, selfish and immoral group of churches. One general recurring question that continues to resurface as I study is, “what creates unity?” or “how do we maintain fellowship?” If a church started by Paul in a …

Musings

Helping others who are grieving

This morning at Calvary, as a conclusion to our Honest to God series, Pastor Beau Eckert engaged the conversation about how to walk through grief with others. My Dad was one of the individuals in the panel, and they recorded the panel on the fifth month anniversary of my Mother’s death. While my sister and I …

Musings, Wisdom

Own your own weakness

Quote by Johnny Miller, former Senior Pastor of Calvary Church Lancaster. Own your own weakness. My interpretation If you don’t know your own weakness, you really don’t understand your strengths. If you don’t know your own weakness, you can’t really appreciate the abundance of grace supplied daily by the Lord. If you don’t know your …

Easter, Gospel, Musings

He is Risen! He is Returning!

Do I live like Christ died yesterday, arose this morning and is coming back tomorrow? Do I feel the pain of His death on my behalf? Do I rejoice at the reality of His resurrection vindicating His sacrifice, assuring me of life? Do I anticipate seeing Him face to face with uncontainable excitement? Do I …