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Countercultural for the Common Good: The Recent Cheltenham High School Events

You might remember that we started this calendar year with a sermon series entitled “Countercultural for the Common Good.” What does countercultural mean?  It means we’re different, and this for a simple reason:  Christ has called us to follow him.  So we cannot give ourselves to the American dream and its promise of the good long life.  On the other hand, but also because of Christ’s call, neither can we be isolationist or indifferent to our neighbors of the Easton Road corridor. 

New Life Ministry to Arcadia University?

It all started over two and a half years ago, as a group of local pastors from diverse churches met to pray together.  A discussion about Penn State Abington began, with all of the pastors voicing a desire to see a new gospel presence and loving witness on that campus.  Things moved quickly, and a partner was found in the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), a college ministry based in Pittsburgh and expanding to many campuses in the Philadelphia area.  Seven churches

Thoughts on our Upcoming Sermon:  “An Inevitable Death on Jesus’ Mind”

Thus far our “The Final Week” series has frequently seen Jesus in confrontation with the Jewish leaders: The cleansing of the temple. The fig tree incident. The parable of the tenants. And the devastating Olivet Discourse, in which Jesus prophesied a horrible tribulation and the destruction for the temple. But now Jesus’ mind turns to his own impending death.  We enter chapter 14. Jesus is anointed by a woman in Bethany, and he agonizes in prayer in the garden of

Does the Bible have eyewitness accounts? Or legends?

This is a follow up to last Sunday’s sermon with some information on the two resources I mentioned concerning the Bible’s historical accuracy. First, the lecture by New Testament scholar Peter Williams can be found here.  It is entitled “New Evidences the Gospels were Based on Eyewitness Accounts.”  Let me describe its content again briefly.  We now have a good idea what the most popular names were during the time of Jesus, and specifically in the Israel/Palestine area.  For men, Simon

Mark Moser interviews Greg Raysor, Church Administrator

Mark Moser interviews Greg Raysor the newly hired Church Administrator.  Mark Moser (MM): Greg, after years of service in the business world, why work in a church… MM: Greg, let’s start off with this.  Why work in a church? Greg:  I have worked in corporate business my entire career. There is a lot of competition there; people always working for the next achievement. People are working to look good to the boss.  It’s a difficult place to support and encourage co-workers

Racial Reconciliation in Our Denomination (PCA)

Especially in light of the recent tragic shootings, it seemed worthwhile to tell you all about the PCA’s recent statement on racial reconciliation. Each year the Presbyterian Church in America, the denomination to which New Life belongs, holds a General Assembly (GA).  This year’s gathering took place in June in Mobile, Alabama, and Steve Smallman and I made the journey there.  Mobile is an enjoyable destination, and an appropriate choice given our denomination’s roots in the south. This was my

Gathering for Prayer

I want just to share a few sentences of encouragement with you as we look forward to our church-wide prayer meeting on Sunday evening, July 10.  Mark Moser and I have agreed that it is very important for us as a church to refresh our commitment to dependent, corporate prayer, and toward that end have planned to schedule these prayer gatherings four times a year.  At this time that is a fairly unambitious goal–but the greater, more ambitious goal is

Thankful and Excited

I wanted to take this opportunity to express heartfelt thanks for the call to be pastor of this wonderful church!  Lise and I are very excited.  We have been a part of the New Life family since 2002, and so I hope you can imagine how great it is to be surrounded by people we already know and love.  Often pastors receive a call from a group of strangers!  We truly feel blessed. Thank you for being willing to embark

Good Friday Homily

Do you identify with Pilate at all? I wonder if some of you do. He didn’t show any malice towards Jesus. No ill will. In fact, he could say that he had some healthy respect for him, and even had a good idea that Jesus was innocent. But Pilate — and perhaps you’re like this — Pilate had goals for his career and his life. And he had fears. And because of these, he decides that Jesus had to go.

Quiet Times in God’s Word

Greetings from sunny Florida. Sandy and I are enjoying a time away from the nasty weather that is so typical of February. But as much as we enjoy getting out of winter weather, I think what we most appreciate is time to read and reflect in a way that we don’t do when we are home. Writing that is a rebuke to me, because there needs to be quiet times in my day wherever I happen to be living. So