Newsletter Articles from Pastor Marc

What might we learn from Paul Tripp and Tullian Tchividjian?


I recently read a very brief statement from Paul Tripp concerning the very public sinful expressions of Tullian Tchividjian (see an article on the matter in Christianity Today HERE). The whole thing is a painful reminder that even the best of men are men at best. However, I think there might be something worth observing here.


What is Biblical Theology? | A Book Review



What is Biblical Theology?[1] is a short and well-written book that introduces readers to the Bible’s big picture. Drawing attention to themes, common images, and typological examples, the author helps readers see the brushstrokes made upon the canvass of redemptive history in all of their marvelous display. James M. Hamilton, Jr. holds a PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), and he is currently the Professor of Biblical Theology at SBTS. Hamilton is also the author of a lengthier book on the subject of biblical theology, God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment.[2] His familiarity with the topic is obvious as Hamilton walks the path of biblical theology through the grand narrative of the Bible itself, all the while holding the reader’s hand and pointing out all of the important cites along the way.


A Statement concerning the Supreme Court decision on Same-sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision declaring the right of same-sex couples to possess the same marital classification as that of a heterosexual solemn union.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, saying, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” Justice Kennedy’s statement was accompanied by a sweeping alteration of the very foundation of this admittedly profound union.


Do you know the Gospel?

This question represents the most important topic of all time, and the answer to this question is assumed by most who might be confronted by it. Think for a moment… What would you say if someone walked up to you while you stood in line at the grocery store and asked you, “What is the Gospel?” Well? Would you tell them that Jesus has made your life better? Would you start to tell them about your church? Would you confuse them with several unfamiliar words and look down on them for not understanding what you’ve vaguely communicated? Would you tell them to say a special prayer?
While there may be many ideas flying around about what to say or how to say it, I’d like to help provide a simple way to remember what to say in any context. That’s right, I said you can be prepared to share the Gospel in any context, with any person from any culture, and even with those you know best. Four words that will help you remember the Gospel and share it well are these: God, Man, Christ, and Response.


Personal Bible Study Tips

When anyone first begins to read the Bible it immediately becomes obvious that the Bible is different than any other book. It originates in God Himself, for these are the very words of God. It also comes from authors who wrote in ancient days (1400 BC through 70 AD), and it deals with the heaviest subjects of all time (God, creation, morality, life’s purpose, human depravity, gracious redemption, and humanity’s ultimate end). The Bible can be intimidating and confusing in some areas.

However, it is also true that the Bible is quite similar to other books.


Mother’s Day

How is one to speak of motherhood? Should I say something funny about the incessant troubles of rearing unappreciative and naïve children? Should I mention a note of gratitude for all of the mothers who have sacrificed themselves through a life of tireless nurturing and care? Should I applaud those mothers who have raised exemplary children to adulthood, and maybe even celebrate the motherhood of the one who was once their little girl?