From the Pastor's Study

From the Pastor's Study

Remembering the Most Important Moments in Your Life…

Our lives are made up of thousands upon thousands of moments, the majority of which I fear are not particularly memorable and are thus quickly forgotten and never recalled again. Even the memorable moments are sometimes lost until something brings them back, perhaps a picture, or a smell, or a…

Reflections on the Decline of the Sabbath Day

You Say You Want Everyone to Worship Jesus But… Today I had lunch with a member of our congregation. who shared the bad news that he had been turned down for a job because he said he couldn’t work on Sundays. He’d even offered to work 6 days a week and work all the holidays everyone else tries to take off. It still wasn’t enough, he had to be…

“The Church Doesn’t Work”…

I often hear from people some variation of a general theme: namely “the church doesn’t work” or “government doesn’t work” or “marriage doesn’t work.” I’m sorry but I don’t agree. These institutions were created by God, and as His gifts, they are all good. The problem then is not the church, government, or…

On the Difference Between Personality and Character

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. David Wells, the author of several excellent books like “God in the Wasteland” and “No Place for Truth”, at the Twin Lakes Church Planting Conference. Dr. Wells was speaking on the subject of reaching the unbelieving with…

Before You Get Divorced

Over the past 15 years as a pastor, I have counseled a lot of people who have told me they wanted to divorce their spouse for reasons other than adultery or desertion. The most common reason given is that they have fallen out of love with them and now have irreconcilable differences. Often they will say that they want a divorce for the sake of the children, as they…

7 Reasons Christians Should STAY On Facebook

I read a lot of messages encouraging people to leave Facebook these days and in partial answer to those calls, I want to outline 7 reasons I believe Christians should stay on Facebook. https://biblebased.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/7-reasons-christians-should-stay-on-facebook/          

Our Commitment to Biblical Marriage

Providence is part of the ARP, a denomination committed to maintaining Jesus Christ’s definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, for life (see Matthew 19:4-6). For more information, please see the following official denominational statement: https://arpchurch.org/learn/what-we-believe/

Book Recommendation

There are several biographies that I regularly go back to for encouragement, enlightenment, correction, hope and simply to restore my focus on the main things; Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield is one of them. If you haven’t yet read it, may I recommend it to you? It’s a thrilling read and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you already…

Movie Recommendation

Most movies based on books of the bible take ridiculous liberties with the actual text, I want to recommend one that doesn’t – The Book of Daniel, now available to stream on Netflix. While the story of Daniel is told in the imagined setting of a story telling session with Cyrus, Croesus (who became an adviser to Cyrus after his defeat) and Daniel, it exactly…