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February 26th, 2015

Why Join?

Starting this Sunday, March 1, at 9:45 am in the Althouse Room, I will be leading a four-week “Pastor’s Class.”  If you plan to attend, it’s helpful to let me know at 828.328.6196 x202 or [email protected]

The Pastor’s Class is the path to membership, but attending the class does not obligate you to join Corinth.  It’s also a good way to get to know the church better and find out how to connect.

But let’s talk about that “joining” thing.  There’s a danger in making this case too strong, because I can’t imagine God reviewing your life on Judgment Day saying, “I notice you didn’t JOIN that church.  What’s your problem?” Read more »

February 23rd, 2015

This is one of those funerals where most of you knew Kent Robinson much better than I did. I’ve been pastor to his parents and other relatives and friends for more than two decades, but I didn’t know Kent very well. That’s the main reason I’m going to keep my remarks brief and give you an opportunity to share your thoughts. If you are reading this online, you may also view the memories of others on the special Facebook page that was created in memory of Dr. Kent Robinson.

My part is to bring a faith perspective to this service. You may think that is difficult, since Kent wasn’t particularly a church-going person, except that he loved Easter sunrise services – especially at Old St. Paul’s where his ancestors worshiped. But it’s not difficult at all. Read more »

February 22nd, 2015

Learning to see clearly is a process.

Mark 8:22-26

February 22, 2015

A miracle about seeing

The first observation I make when I come to Jesus healing the blind man at Bethsaida in Mark 8 is that this story is unusual in many details. Often the basic facts and lessons of a particular miracle are relatively clear, but that’s not the case this time. I didn’t know where this one was going. There are a number of elements that are hard to see on first read – or maybe second or third. It takes patience and persistence.

Isn’t that true about much of life? Who understands the opposite sex in his first relationship? Who’s successful losing weight and keeping it off the first effort? Who can cook a gourmet meal and set an attractive table the first attempt? Who sees Shakespeare for who he is in tenth grade? You have to strain and wait to see clearly. Read more »

February 15th, 2015

Jesus trusted his Catcher. So can you.

Matthew 14:22-33

February 15, 2015

Three kinds of convictions

The miracle of Jesus walking on water is so well known that it has spawned a common phrase even among those who don’t read the Bible. If your coworker can “walk on water,” it means she can do the impossible. If your Valentine can “walk on water,” it means in your eyes he is impossibly perfect.

Two phrases in today’s Scripture reading have especially captured my attention. The first one is in verse 22: “Jesus made the disciples get in the boat” (emphasis added).

The second phrase that grabbed me is in verse 31 after Peter joins Jesus on the choppy, liquid surface. Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and begins to sink. Jesus says to him, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?” At least he had some faith. The other guys never even got out of the boat. We will come back to both those phrases. Read more »

February 8th, 2015

Trust and Do

In the midst of adversity or confusion, can you bring a soft heart that trusts Jesus?

Mark 6:30-44

February 8, 2015

Outrageous miracle

In his book on Miracles, Eric Metaxas includes a chapter titled “The Miracle of the Universe.”

I asked the smartest physicist I personally know, my son Phil (Ph.D. in physical oceanography), to read this chapter and tell me if what Metaxas says about the statistical improbability of the universe is generally accepted science. While not every scientist agrees the data points to a Creator, what Metaxas says about the physics is true, according to my son.

Metaxas says there are four fundamental forces that cause our universe to function as it does – 1) gravity, 2) the electromagnetic force, 3) the weak nuclear force, and 4) the strong nuclear force. Each of these forces, according to physicists, were established within a millionth of a second after the Big Bang, and have not varied even a little since.

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