In the first three chapters of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, the risen and living Lord of the universe ‘breaks through from hiddenness’ (that is what the word ‘apocalypse’ means), and speaks to seven congregations on the land mass we now call Turkey. In each of His messages, He tells us Who He is, what He knows about us, what He is calling us to do, and what He promises those who obey Him. In this seminar, we will give careful attention to what He said then so that we might hear what He is saying now. Hopefully by the end of the time together, each of us will be able to discern what Jesus is saying to the church in our time, and in particular, to each of the churches He calls us to serve.
“Tell me a story grandpa!” Oh how my grandchildren love to hear stories, as did my children did before them. There are many stories to tell, but only one makes sense of all other stories. It is our story– your story, my story, their story–and it is found in Genesis 1-3. “Tell me a story grandpa!” Boy, do we have a fantastic story to tell!
In this beautiful letter to Timothy whom Paul calls his beloved son, Paul asks him to bring “the books, especially the parchments.” Aren’t you curious what these Paul was feeding his mind and heart with aside from the Scriptures (just the Old Testament back then remember!)? While the Bible does not say what these books and parchments contained, it is apparent from Paul’s request that even one of the finest theologians and pastors to have ever lived, read “other” books!
With this in mind, I thought it would be neat to share and recommend what I am, or have been, reading recently. They can be found here: Recommended Books or under Resources > Books > Recommended Books!
Blessings to you all as you dedicate yourselves to learning about the Gospel of the grace of Jesus of Nazareth from other Disciples!
Thank you Norm and Westside Church for your hospitality, inviting me to come and “chat” with you about this marvelous book of Revelation in which Jesus “draws back the curtain” to encourage, challenge and most fundamentally, to reveal more of Himself to us!.Bless you and Westside as you spend this next while, walking through Revelation. “Things truly are, not as they seem!”
“You shall call His name Jesus, for He Himself will save His people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
Dear Fellow Preachers:
Although I am sending this greeting “in mass,” I am nevertheless thinking of you more personally, having met you at some sort of preaching event over the past years. And I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ, our magnificent and all-sufficient Savior!
As you likely know, I recently stepped down from the role of Senior Minister at First Baptist Vancouver, and have been given the new role of first Director of the new Centre for Preaching at Carey Theological College on the campus of UBC. I am deeply grateful to the leadership of the College for having the vision to establish this new ministry.
Advent Greetings to you all!
I am very excited about all the upcoming workshops, lectures and courses that have been planned for 2016! These include one day seminars and lectures, 4 day courses, an overnight retreat and a number of other teaching engagements as well. I look forward to meeting with you at the upcoming events. Thank you once again for partnering with Carey and many blessings during this “Most wonderful time of all the years!”
Thank you all for taking the time to come to the launch of the Carey Center for Preaching. I am so grateful for your support, and deeply touched by the generosity shown by each of every one of you. Thank you again for partnering with Carey and myself as we seek to equip pastors to preach Christ to world!