A Tribute to a Master Expositor

Like many of you, I was saddened to learn that the “Master Expositor” Haddon W. Robinson has passed away.  The church (and the world) will greatly miss his consistent example and call to faithful Biblical preaching.  Like many of you, I do, however, rejoice that he now knows The Master he so faithfully preached in a way none of us can on this side of that very permeable curtain that separates this world from the next.  He is gone … but he is not dead!  As The Master says: “I AM the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25-26).  Passed through to the other side.  But not dead.  Thanks be to God!

I thought that as a wholly inadequate tribute to Dr. Robinson, I would simply express my gratitude for what the Spirit enabled him to teach us preachers who had the privilege of learning from him.  Although I only met him in person once, when I preached for a conference with him sitting in the front row (yikes!), I have read much of what he wrote, and have for the past decades used his classic book “Biblical Preaching” in the courses I have taught for Regent College and Carey Theological College.  I have said to many up and coming preachers, “Before you seek to develop a style of preaching unique to the way the Lord has gifted you, read and re-read Robinson, for he will help you get the basics of expository preaching into your soul.”

Three things stand out to me at this time.

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Upper Room Discourse Serminar…in Chinese!

Thank you all for spending the past week with me as we walked through the Upper Room Discourse and, a big thank you to Pochia for her brilliant, line-by-line translation work!  I trust that you have been blessed as we listened to Jesus’ words together.

The Father Speaks To The Son – Maturing Faith, A Journey Through Hebrews

When I feel I am losing my way; when I get disoriented and discouraged; when I feel weary, I make my way to Hebrews 1 and 2 and just sit and listen.  And, as a result, my soul finds rest.  This is what I am hoping for you today, that as you simply listen to God speak to Jesus, you will find rest for your souls.  Just listen…nothing more, nothing less.  How is your soul doing?

O Death, Where is Your Victory? – Easter Sunday @ First Baptist Church

Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!  The first fruits of those who are asleep.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death…Death is swallowed up in victory.  O Death, where is your victory?  The sting of death is sin, and power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace to you, and peace!

Transforming Discipleship – Making Disciples a Few at a Time

Many of you may have heard the name, Dr. Greg Ogden.  Author of the book Transforming Discipleship, he has dedicated the last 45 years of his life to “making disciples of Jesus.”

Well, my good friend, Greg will be here in Vancouver, May 15-19 for a Conference and Course hosted jointly by Tenth Church and CAREY.  Along with Ralph Rittenhouse, the first three days will be a Conference where you will have the chance to experience the effectiveness of ‘triads’ or ‘quads’ as part of disciple-making.

Then on the subsequent two days, May 18 and 19, Greg will teach a ‘for-credit-course’ at CAREY,  building on the material covered at the conference on Monday through Wednesday.

Come, and bring your pastors, elders, lay leaders, small-group/fellowship leaders, the entire congregation!  This promises to be an amazing event and will transform the way you follow Jesus, and how you help others to do the same!

Registration: Transforming Discipleship with Dr. Greg Ogden

Lord’s Prayer @ Tenth Church

Thank you again, Tenth Church, for inviting me to launch your series on the Lord’s Prayer.  What a blessing to be able to delve into “the only thing Jesus’s disciples ask Him to teach them,” with you all!

Our Father who is in heaven,
    Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
    On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom
    and the power
        and the glory forever.

Believing the Impossible

Thank you Hillside Church, for inviting me to preach last Sunday. As we celebrate this Advent season, I pray that we may all be able to say with Mary, “Behold [I am] the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your Word.” (Luke 1:38a)  Peace be with you!