Sermon #32 — Born Again — 1 John 3:4-10

I generally try not to use the phrase, "born-again Christian."  It is grammatically incorrect. In principle, we add an adjective to a noun in order to provide necessary information about the thing we are talking about.  For example, if there are several dogs in the yard, I might refer to the "spotted dog," in order … Continue reading Sermon #32 — Born Again — 1 John 3:4-10

Sermon #31 — The Spirit of Religion vs. the New Life in Christ — 1 John 2:28-3:3

Religion brings death.  New birth in Christ brings life.  Religion is what human beings do to try to climb up to God, and that is a hopeless endeavor.  It kills the soul.  Faith in Jesus Christ is not something we do.  It is pure gift from God.  Faith in Jesus Christ requires a complete conversion … Continue reading Sermon #31 — The Spirit of Religion vs. the New Life in Christ — 1 John 2:28-3:3

Pastor Note #41–From the Earliest Days

             From my earliest days, I have been part of a Presbyterian church.  Much of my extended family was actively involved in the life and ministry of that church.  Although the congregation of my youth was biblically grounded, it was not especially remarkable compared to other churches in the community.             About the time … Continue reading Pastor Note #41–From the Earliest Days