Church Diagnostics: Letter to Ephesus (Part 1 of 7)

In case you missed it, here is the introduction to this series, as we look into the seven letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. My attempt is to harmonize the letters with Church History as well as to use it as a sort of diagnosis on todays churches, looking at the possible pitfalls […]

Church Diagnostics: An Introduction

The seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 have long been a mystery as to their purpose and specific audience. Several alternatives have been used in order to properly interpret these strange letters: 1. Argument: Cultural Application – The letters are purely cultural, meant only for the churches referenced – the seven being in Asia Minor, what […]

Woman Caught in Adultery

A God of Second Chances

Last month, during my Bible reading, I was struck by how much I appreciate the prefix “re-“. It gives birth to such beautiful words: restore, rebuild, remake, reconcile, redeem, remember, revive, rebirth, and resurrect. It speaks of starting again, giving a second chance, and showing grace when unexpected and undeserved. We are desperately in need of […]

The Best of 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to […]

Thanking the Giver

What is Thanksgiving about? Thanksgiving is relatively unknown outside of the United States and Canada. Many curious friends of mine in Bolivia ask me why Thanksgiving is celebrated. In the last couple days I’ve told the story a few times – how God protected the first Europeans who landed on American soil, fleeing religious intolerance only to find […]

Myself on a Ferry in Seattle, WA

Audio Sermon: John 21 – You Follow Me!

The following sermon is one I gave at my home church, North Lynnwood Bible Chapel on John 21 – a passage that closes out the Gospels and sheds light on an important, life-changing event between Peter and Jesus.   John 21: You Follow Me! – July 27, 2014 You can find the rest of my sermons from the past […]

George Washington Bridge

Audio Sermon: Philemon – Transformed by the Spirit

My time in the US is almost done, after four great weeks – I’ll preach my last two sermons of many tomorrow here in New Jersey. My trip started in early July as I spoke at a adolescent camp in New Mexico, at Southwest Bible Camp. Afterwards I spoke at Garfield Gospel Chapel in Albuquerque before heading up […]

Water Baptism

Baptism Saves You!

Scripture is so full of beauty, wonder, teaching, truth, and application; yet it also has it’s fair share of “hard passages”. 1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of them and so I want to delve into the passage in order to answer the strange proposition Peter seems to teach – “Baptism…now saves you”. We will also […]

Pie Night

Heaven: Our Great Dichotomy

Heaven is our soul’s greatest longing and its’ single worst fear. Our utmost longing for we can sometimes glimpse its’ shadow in the deep notes of a cello, in the glorious colors of a sunset by the sea, and in the eagle’s graceful flight, as it soars into the wind. Yet heaven is also our […]

Seattle Seahawks v Atlanta Falcons

The True Warrior

I love sports – the grit, the passion, and the dedication it takes to succeed is truly remarkable. To recognize the relentless drive to achieve a glittering trophy, the final push beyond oneself to reach for the gold, and the subsequent heart-felt weeping of them who fail. For all the admiration and fame it receives, […]