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Aug
24
2015

I haven't been keeping up with my RMM reflections very well over the summer due to a variety of other projects, but on Friday afternoon a couple from our church offered me the use of their water side porch to do a little reading and writing. Thanks very much!  This little oasis offered me the opportunity to reflect upon the difficult teaching of Romans 11 - one of our recent readings. In this chapter the Apostle wrestles with the unexpected fact that so many Jews - the people best...keep reading»»


Aug
20
2015

WTTB With Intern Matthew Stanton: Psalm 26

Category: WTTB Reflections

David calls out to the Lord in Psalm 26 in a manner that can be echoed by us even today. He makes several powerful statements in the psalm that speak to the heart of one’s personal integrity and pursuit of holiness. With that, the psalm is important for us to read and meditate on today. In the very first verse we hear David’s cry to the Lord to be vindicated. David is boldly saying, ‘judge me’ knowing full well that God is just and searches the heart. We can see this boldness as a result of...keep reading»»


Aug
11
2015

This past Sunday's sermon generated an unusual number of questions. Perhaps that was due to some fuzziness on my part coming back into the pulpit after two weeks on holidays, or perhaps it was due simply to the difficult nature of the topic being covered.  Regardless, there were a number of deep and thoughtful questions from congregants, some that I will answer in direct correspondence and others that may warrant a longer and more public response such as this one. This particular response...keep reading»»


Jul
23
2015

He Commanded Us To Preach

Category: WTTB Reflections

There has been a lot of talk within Evangelicalism in general and within the CBOQ/CBM family of churches in particular as to how the mission of the church should be understood.  We hear a lot about "spreading shalom" and "being the hands and feet of Jesus". We are told that "as the Father sent me (Jesus) so I send you" and then reminded that this means that the church should do everything Jesus did. We assume that does not include walking on water, 40 day...keep reading»»


Jul
22
2015

WTTB With Pastor Bill: Jeremiah 18

Category: WTTB Reflections

The picture of the “potter and the clay” has often been the source of my thoughts over the years. I suppose it’s the words of the old gospel song, ”Have Thine Own Way” that reads “Thou art the potter I am the clay,” that has caused me to realize again and again what God can do in our lives and what He has done in my own life. In Sunday’s message Pastor Paul reminded us that God created us for Himself. God knew what He was doing and what we would do. He knew that Adam and Eve would sin and that...keep reading»»


Jul
18
2015

I had a conversation with a friend of mine on staff at CBM where we discovered we were working with different definitions of the Great Commission. He was working from John 20:21, "As the Father sent me so send I you". I was working from Matthew 28:18-20. Which is it? When we ran across that passage in our RMM readings this morning it prompted me to reflect. See here. Have a great day, Pastor Paulkeep reading»»


Jul
16
2015

God is love. Christians should love. All we need is love. The idea of "love" gets used by a lot of folks as a sort of conceptual acid - it destroys every other idea that it touches. It destroys truth, it destroys virtue, it destroys righteousness. All is love. But what is love? Are we using that word the way the Bible uses it? My friend Marc Bertrand has written a very useful post I'd love all of you to read. Find it here. Blessings, Pastor Paulkeep reading»»


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