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Apr 2020 20 Apr 20, 2020

Over the past two months there has been a never-ending stream of articles posted on the Internet trying to decipher God’s role in the Coronavirus. No, I’m not going to add to the list. But reading these articles took me back to something my friend Andrew Wilson wrote a while back. Andrew was asked what he thought about Bethel and Bill Johnson. His response was both biblical and fair, highlighting both some theological concerns and an expression of appreciatio...Read More

Apr 2020 13 Apr 13, 2020

In a recent sermon here at Bridgeway I told everyone about a remarkable man, or better still, a man with a remarkable God. In these challenging days when we complain and become embittered with an ever so slight inconvenience, we need to hear the story of Pat Bickle. On Saturday, May 5th, 2007, at the age of 50, Pat Bickle departed this life and entered into the presence of his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Most of you will probably never have heard the name of Pat Bick...Read More

Apr 2020 10 Apr 10, 2020

In the face of Covid-19 and the uncertainty that it brings, we should all pause and raise a Hallelujah to our great and awesome God. If you don’t know the story behind this song, it concerns a young boy named Jaxon Taylor who almost died. As you watch the video and rejoice for all that God has done, be aware that the little blonde-headed boy in his daddy’s arms and eventually on his daddy’s shoulders is Jaxon. Be blessed and worship the Lord! https://y...Read More

Apr 2020 9 Apr 9, 2020

In Colossians 4:5 the apostle Paul speaks of “making the best use of the time.” Older translations render it “redeeming the time.” These are wise words for us today, as so many, confined to home, are trying to fill each day with meaningful activities. May I recommend the words of Jesus in John 15 in which he exhorts us to “abide” in him? What better time than now to press into the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, with an undivided and s...Read More

Apr 2020 6 Apr 6, 2020

[Encouraging words from John Piper during this unsettling season of life.] John Piper Romans 8 — “the great eight” — is a text I think everybody in this isolation period should be memorizing. I’m making that as a suggestion: it’s the best thing you could do with your time. Romans 8 gives greater foundations for this fearlessness than anything in the world — than anything the world has to offer. I’ll mention four: 1. For ...Read More

Apr 2020 3 Apr 3, 2020

Michael Kruger / March 19, 2020 [Michael Kruger, President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a fellow-member of the Executive Committee of the Evangelical Theological Society, recently wrote this insightful article at www.michaeljkruger.com.] “You do you.” Perhaps there’s no phrase that captures our current cultural moment better. Back in 2015, Colson Whitehead of the New York Times Magazine, lamented this phrase, arg...Read More

Mar 2020 30 Mar 30, 2020

Bridgeway Church likely is no different from other gospel-centered churches when it comes to the frequency and variety of suffering that people endure. On top of all it all, we can now add the emotional instability and, on the part of some, panic that has set in as we watch the spread of Covid-19. I’m inclined to think the best way to respond to such personal tragedies, such as the sudden and inexplicable death of a loved one or an extended illness or the loss of ...Read More

Mar 2020 23 Mar 23, 2020

This is our final study of Isaiah 6. The practical application we find in this encounter with the holiness of God is profound. There are five things to note: (1) Personal holiness begins with an awareness of who God is. (2) An awareness of who God is leads to an awareness of who we are. (3) An awareness of who we are leads to personal confession and repentance. (4) Repentance leads to forgiveness and cleansing. (5) Forgiveness leads to mission. We must never forget that...Read More

Mar 2020 18 Mar 18, 2020

I know that many of you are reeling in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, seeking something to lay hold of and bring some measure of hope and stability into your life. May I suggest, no, may I strongly urge you to watch this short, 5-minute video of Rachel Wilson, wife of my good friend, Andrew Wilson? Andrew posted it today. It may turn out to be the most encouraging 5 minutes of your day. https://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/kissing_the_wave  ...Read More

Mar 2020 17 Mar 17, 2020

I recently recorded an hour-long podcast with Alexis Busetti, focusing on my spiritual journey and how I came to believe in the contemporary validity and operation of all spiritual gifts. Alexis tells me that it is “also available through iTunes, GooglePlay, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, basically everywhere podcasts are available.” Her podcast is called, That Makes Total Sense, and here is the link. https://cisternandgrove.com/podcast/episode-030-sam-storms/...Read More