What does Biblical Church Growth look like?

May 25, 2019

Hello GRC! Two weeks ago, while wrapping up the congregational meeting, I said something like this: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t grow numerically over the next couple of years.”  Some of you wondered what I meant by that.  Let me back up a few steps, in order to help you track with me. … Read More

Praying When We Don’t Know How

May 16, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling my weakness these days.  I’m engaged in a situation where I have no control and everyone else is making decisions that I have to navigate and walk another person through, even if I don’t fully agree with those decisions.  (Truly none of us have control, but … Read More

Intergenerational Ministry

May 9, 2019

Did you know that GRC has a young adult ministry called, CrossRoads? Not only do we have one, but the group is thriving spiritually and by God’s grace its members are finding their way into the larger church body through growth groups, Bible studies, church membership, Youth Ministry and the like. As one who leads the … Read More

Why We Do What We Do?

May 2, 2019

Have you ever driven in the left lane, in a line of traffic, just moving with the crowd, not paying attention? You look in the rear view mirror and all of a sudden, there is a car right on your bumper. Just as you see that, the flashing red and blue lights come on.  You … Read More

It Takes A Group

April 27, 2019

Earlier this week I was enjoying a conversation with one of our Growth Group leaders, talking about life and ministry.  Our discussion ranged to the place of “community” in the life of a Christian, and my friend reminded me of something C. S. Lewis said in his book, The Four Loves. Lewis would regularly meet … Read More

The Spiritual Impact of Public Reading of Scripture

April 17, 2019

Hello GRC! This past week, as a congregation, we experienced something profoundly simple, yet deeply, spiritually impactful. It sounds silly to say, but…we read the Bible, out loud, in our sanctuary, and streamed it to the world. We read together in groups. We read as families (including a 1st grader!). We listened to others read, … Read More

How to Enjoy Life

April 10, 2019

On October 30, 2002, rock musician Warren Zevon made his last appearance on the David Letterman show.  Zevon had been diagnosed earlier that year with inoperable cancer, and as the two old friends conversed, Letterman asked Zevon how the diagnosis had affected his life.  Zevon memorably responded, “You put more value in every minute.  It’s … Read More

Public Reading of Scripture

April 4, 2019

Hello Grace Redeemer! Since we’re less than a week away from our public reading of Scripture, I’d like to clarify a Lenten preparation email that I wrote on March 5th in the hopes that it will answer any remaining questions you may still have. Next Wed, April 10th, at 5am in the sanctuary, we’ll begin a … Read More

To the Ends of the Earth

March 28, 2019

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and all Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. – Acts 1:8 Right before Jesus ascends to heaven, he leaves his disciples this one last command.  If these were … Read More

Sharing God’s Word As Commanded

March 21, 2019

I almost bawled my eyes out in a Honda Service Center back in December. I didn’t end up shedding a tear, but the possible embarrassment would have been well worth it given the incredible love I was shown. The love didn’t come in the form of a free oil change, but a Christian pamphlet titled, … Read More