Advent Season

Posted: November 29, 2017

The four Sundays prior to Christmas Day mark the celebration called Advent. It is a reminder that the God we worship is about things that are not yet—about things that surely will be!  During these days we hold up visions […]

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A 1st-Century Church in a 21st-Century World

Posted: November 14, 2017

I appreciate the heart of Calvary Baptist Church.  At her heart, I believe, Calvary seeks to be a first-century church in the twenty-first-century world. Think about this.  While we often fantasize about the 1st-century church as if it was a […]

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Prayer Needs for the Pastor Search Committee

Posted: November 7, 2017

A good number of Calvary members gathered at 5:00 Sunday afternoon for a prayer time for our Pastor Search Committee.  It was a good time together as we lifted to the Heavenly Father this fine group:  Ric Atkinson (Chairman), Steve […]

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Looking Forward to Eternity

Posted: October 31, 2017

As we journey through life on planet earth, we are confronted time and again with the significance of our lives—indeed of all life.  We aren’t here on planet earth because of unstable and unintended physical forces that haphazardly yielded life.  […]

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The Power of Songs

Posted: October 23, 2017

Songs have great power. Their music and words evoke deep emotion, help our minds recall specific events, and motivate us to action and perseverance.  We sang “It is Well With My Soul” at my mother’s funeral thirty years ago and […]

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Jesus, Our Hero

Posted: October 16, 2017

One of our mothers remarked recently that her children seem not to have significant heroes, moral giants, crusaders for the right, as she did as a girl growing up.  That’s regrettable—for we need heroes.  Heroes touch our sense of admiration […]

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At the Table

Posted: October 10, 2017

On Sunday we will gather as the Body of Christ around the Lord’s Table to eat together as family the Lord’s Supper. Growing up Baptists I was taught that this meal was nothing more that “mere symbolism.”  Over the years […]

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A New Nature

Posted: October 2, 2017

The horrifying news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas this morning (Monday) rocked my world.  How does such a thing happen? What mindset leads someone to murder the innocent with weapons suited for warfare? Evil has once again raised […]

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Renewal

Posted: September 26, 2017

Over the years I have read numerous books that describe the nature of Christian renewal (personal and corporate)—and identify ways to achieve it.  Renewal, it occurs to me, is an experience of grace that moves us closer to our Savior […]

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Rise Up

Posted: September 19, 2017

In recent days, I have been reading through the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.  It is a fascinating book. Here is a verse that caught my attention: “And God requires an account of what is past (3:15 NIV).” My past, […]

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