Jesus Saves Sinners

Hello Church Family, this is Pastor Phil- Jesus saves sinners. This is one of the central tenets of our Christian faith. When this statement is spoken, though, it has a lot of unspoken assumptions about our understanding of these three words: Jesus, saves, sinners. Sinners: The word Sinners is, first, not a description of aContinue reading “Jesus Saves Sinners”

All Of It Will Go Away…Now What?

All of it will go away…now what??? What kind of people ought you to be knowing that this whole world and everything in it will one day be dissolved and remade? I believe we respond to this question usually in one of two ways. The first reaction, when we are confronted with the reality thatContinue reading “All Of It Will Go Away…Now What?”

3 Powerful Ways to Climb Down

They look like ants! I heard a little child exclaim looking down on them from high above. Living in St Louis with my family while attending the Seminary we had plenty of opportunities to travel up the St Louis Arch with family and friends visiting the city. The ride up is an experience itself whenContinue reading “3 Powerful Ways to Climb Down”

Why It’s Good To Be Here

Lord, it is good to be here! I love those words of Peter on the mount of Transfiguration, when for a moment the veil separating heaven and earth was lifted and Peter saw Jesus in His glory. It is good to be here. But there is another place where those words are said, a placeContinue reading “Why It’s Good To Be Here”

7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together

Why do we worship together? The Lord commanded us to. Not because God needs our worship but we need to be in worship with a church family, because… -In worship is where God has promised to meet you through His Word and through His Sacraments. -you grow in your trust and knowledge of who GodContinue reading “7 Reasons to Love Worshipping Together”

Startling reasons people race out in the freezing cold for…

A man clad only in boxer shorts stopped a thief from stealing his car in southern Norway – by clinging on to the roof in a hair-raising ride at -17C.¬†Police say the owner was left “pretty bloody” after the car crashed into a safety barrier on a bridge. A suspect has been taken into policeContinue reading “Startling reasons people race out in the freezing cold for…”

Is the heart of Christianity about going to heaven?

It was the day I died. That opening line in movies and books has become kind of cliched but even now it still does a great job of pulling you in and wondering what happened, how and why they died and most importantly what they spent those last few days doing. How did they liveContinue reading “Is the heart of Christianity about going to heaven?”

Phil’s Quick Thought… You are needed, seriously…

You are needed and wanted, seriously! I really mean that. We all have a variety of things that stop us from being a regular part of a church family, most of them not so good and some legitimate but need to be worked through. With that said, you are important to the church family, yesContinue reading “Phil’s Quick Thought… You are needed, seriously…”

House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)

Being a landlord is an adventure I never wanted to experience but one that was thrown upon me by necessity. We bought our house in New Jersey before the financial bubble burst with every intent of staying there for a very long time but both God and life, as happens, had other plans. But thenContinue reading “House of Grace (or where you live in your faith life actually matters)”

Stark Naked and Completely Exposed (or what to wear in the new year)

I had a friend at the seminary who once told me that the reason he wanted to become a pastor was so he would never have to worry again about what he would wear because he could always wear the clerical collar and shirt. I think he was joking‚Ķ mostly. You know me and IContinue reading “Stark Naked and Completely Exposed (or what to wear in the new year)”