Update on the Plan for Future Leadership of New Life

In October our congregation voted in favor of a plan to bring Mark Moser into leadership of our church in three phases, taking us to a date in 2016 (yet to be determined) when they would vote on whether to call him as lead Pastor (Phase Three). Phase One is the present year. Mark has been meeting with the Session, pastoral staff and full staff as often as his current work schedule permits. This has included the Session retreat and

“What About Angels?”

During Advent this year we are doing a study of four passages in which angels appear to announce the great events of the coming of Christ. In two of them—the appearance to Zechariah to announce the birth of John, and the announcement to Mary of the conception of Jesus—the angel is named. He is Gabriel, “who stands in the presence of God.” In the other two instances—the appearance to Joseph and then to the shepherds—the angel is not named, and

How should a parent respond to their teenager sexting?

“We are pleased to pass along some very important thoughts from Nicholas Black. Nicholas is currently on Session as a Ruling Elder at New Life and served for years as our Director of Children’s Ministry. He is on staff of Harvest USA, a vitally important ministry to those affected by sexual sin.” – Steve Smallman Atlantic Monthly has a distressing but highly informative article on teen sexting: “Why Kids Sext:” It’s a great read. But like I said, be

New Life Church’s 40th Anniversary Celebration – Closing Remarks from Rose Marie Miller

In 1986 on a Sunday morning, Charles and Janet Morris walked into the gym.  They had just moved to the area and were looking for a church.  Charles felt he belonged to a church that had soft organ music and stained glass windows, but New Life was closer.  He tells his story. “There was a band that burst into praise and a front row of men confined to wheelchairs who were swaying to the music.  The first Sunday we visited,


The New Life churches have been just remarkable. At its Glenside 40th anniversary it is with deep gratitude to the Lord that I think back to the special ways in which the Lord blessed us. One very prominent one is in our Jack Miller’s ‘Sonship’ slogan: preach the gospel to yourself. We need to ‘remember’ what Jesus Christ has done for us and in us, otherwise we relapse into self-righteousness and pride in ourselves, or hopeless dreariness, or bored indifference.

An Announcement from the Pulpit Committee

Dear New Life family, It is with great excitement that the Pulpit Committee would like to share with you the culmination of our long work. It is our recommendation to you, the congregation, as well as the Session, that Mark Moser be considered for lead pastor of New Life Presbyterian Church. Before the congregation can vote for and extend a call to Mark, he will need to complete a number of steps that we believe will prepare him for this role.

Get Real – Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day

GET REAL is the title of a book by John Leonard that will be the focus of a seminar coming to our church later in September (Friday night and Saturday morning, Sept 19 and 20). The book is about “evangelism”, but I have found it pointing to a very different understanding of what that means. He regularly punctures our stereotypical images, but then goes on to reconstruct a much more biblical and practical approach. For example, he begins one chapter

Christ the Head of New Life Church

We read a recent prayer letter from Rose Marie Miller that started out, “Happy New Year!” She is right; September is the practical beginning of the new year even though the calendar doesn’t turn over for another four months. In the case of our church it also means that we are drawing close to the celebration of our 40th anniversary on October 26. In anticipation of that celebration we are going to start this new year with a look into

Irresistible Profanity

Dad attended Kiowa High, a small town high school on the plains of Colorado. At Dad’s 70th (!) class gathering, he got a standing ovation. He told the story of a man who had missed class reunions for decades. When he finally went, he wasn’t sure he would know anyone. But then, in the corner he spied a woman he thought he knew. He told her: “You look like Helen Brown.” Offended, she replied: “You don’t look so good in

Giving and Keeping: A Balanced Lifestyle; Reflecting on the ’13-’14 Fiscal Year End Financial Report

A few days before I saw the report of our fiscal year, I was reading Ministries of Mercy, which is Dr. Tim Keller’s excellent book on the work of deacons and the challenge of doing mercy ministry as a church. First of all, the report of our fiscal year, 2013-14 is a “good news/bad news” sort of report. One the one hand it shows that giving exceeded actual expenditures by $4300 (receipts of $949,482 and expenditures of $945,108). All bills