Why Grace Is So Great

Why Grace Is So Great

A couple of years ago, I heard Bono interviewed about his spiritual convictions. One of the things that caught my attention was a statement he made about grace. He said that he was so grateful for grace, and that karma…

God vs. Lady Gaga

God vs. Lady Gaga

It’s not exactly front page news that pop stars like Lady Gaga are first-class self-promoters. Their number one goal is to promote themselves—a lot—in order to become rich and famous. Many are understandably annoyed by such blatant displays for self-centeredness…

Campfires and God

Campfires and God

Recently, I spent ten days at my parents’ house in Ludington, Michigan, on a study break to work on my preaching menu for this next year. Each evening, my Dad and I would start a campfire around 8:30 p.m. and…

The Holiness of God: You've Got to Read This Book!

The Holiness of God: You’ve Got to Read This Book!

I recently re-read R.C. Sproul’s classic, The Holiness of God. It was a feast for my soul. I first read Sproul’s book in 1988 at the beginning of my first pastorate. Sproul is a gifted theologian and author who has…

What's Ahead on the "Preaching Menu"?

What’s Ahead on the “Preaching Menu”?

As we prepare to come to the church in Crystal Lake, I’ve been working on a couple of sermon series for this fall. My first Sunday in the pulpit will be October 6, when we will begin a six-part series…