On the fall of evangelical leaders

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased...

Righteous anger isn’t everything

“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” 1 Timothy 4:16 I had three different believers make three very strong, yet very different comments to me this week, all relating to the...

Tragedy and trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,  and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) I was recently involved in a fatal car collision, when an oncoming motorcycle crossed into the...

The right side of His story

“until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind...

The hole in our poverty relief

“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 This past Sunday we finished our series on politics by looking at poverty. It is an admittedly difficult topic to address no matter how you...

Keepin’ up appearances

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in...

10:30 service throughout the summer

Throughout the summer, we will be doing one service at 10:30. If the weather cooperates, we will meet outside. If weather is poor, we will meet inside. No need to RSVP at this point. When we are outside, you may bring your own chairs/blankets, but we will also have...

Quarreling is not the name of the game

I recently preached on Christian unity from Romans 14, and one phrase in verse 5 has stuck with me as incredibly relevant in this cultural moment of Covid-19, tensions over racism, and broader political divisions: “Each one should be fully convinced I his own mind.”...

Two indoor services this week (please RSVP)

Snohomish County was just approved for phase 2, meaning we have the option to gather indoors this Sunday (with some restrictions). We considered remaining outdoors–higher limit on participants, one service, better ventilation–but the weather doesn’t...