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Initial Remarks from the Pastors of New Life Presbyterian Church on the Announced “Retirement” of Dr. Douglas Green.

As many of you already know, Westminster Theological Seminary has just announced the “retirement” of Dr. Doug Green. This was clearly not a retirement due to age, because the announcement included an explanation of theological issues that led to this development, following a judgment made by the Seminary’s Board.   You can read the Seminary’s statement here. We are saddened by this news as we know many of you have been as well.  This affects us as a congregation, not only

In Appreciation Of Jack Miller (2): A Fresh Hearing of the Gospel

New Life was founded by the vision and drive of a remarkable man of God—Dr. C. John Miller, or as most knew him, Jack. There were many others who came alongside Jack, including Rose Marie, his wife, whom we still think of as the “mother” of our church. But as part of our celebration of our 40th anniversary I want to try and capture something of what compelled Jack forward in a ministry that included the starting of New Life

In Appreciation Of Jack Miller (1): A Man Compelled By His Conviction That God Keeps His Promises

New Life was founded by the vision and drive of a remarkable man of God—Dr. C. John Miller, or as most knew him, Jack. There were many others who came alongside Jack, including Rose Marie, his wife, whom we still think of as the “mother” of our church. But as part of our celebration of our 40th anniversary I want to try and capture something of what compelled Jack forward in a ministry that included the starting of New Life

THE WALK – Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus (Step Four)

This is the fourth of four blogs in which I have tried to outline my approach to “discipleship through the gospel.” (Check the archive under “Opening the Word” for the first three.) It is my conviction that Paul’s letter to the Romans offers a good outline of how he discipled the new believers in the various churches he would visit or write to. In the case of the church at Rome, he had to do “distance discipleship” because he had

THE WALK – Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus (Step Three)

Is there any relationship between discipleship and sound theology? In the understanding of many Christians, the answer would be “not much,” or even a feeling that theology gets in the way of a serious commitment to follow Jesus. There are certainly plenty of examples of theological study or discussion being a drag on true discipleship, but I would argue that sound theology must be foundational to discipleship, particularly when we study how Paul discipled the churches he wrote to. In

THE WALK – Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus (Step Two)

How do we grow in our faith, and just as importantly, how do we help others grow in the faith? That is a question I have wrestled with for years as a pastor and then as the head of World Harvest Mission (now Serge) and its renewal ministry called Sonship. Sonship was birthed here at New Life as one element of the Leadership Training Program that was so foundational to the early years of our church. “Are you living as

New Life Glenside honored by the Abington Community Taskforce

At its annual banquet on Thursday, April 24, the Abington Community Taskforce honored New Life with its Citizens That Care Recognition Award for “Phenomenal Community Outreach.”  We also received at the same time certificates of commendation from the Abington Township Commissioners and from the Montgomery County Commissioners, as well as a citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Abington Township certificate commends New Life for “extraordinary and dedicated service to Abington Township and its youth.” 

The Walk: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus Christ (Step 1)

 A few years ago I had the privilege of writing a book with the help of several friends at our New Life church. My goal was to produce a manual for disciples that was essentially a “discipleship for ‘dummies’.” We started out using that as a title but quickly realized that the owners of the ‘dummies’ franchise would not let us get far, so instead the publishers (P&R Publishing) decided on the name, The Walk—Steps for New and Renewed Followers

The Gospel: Christ’s Death and Resurrection

One of the most unforgettable experiences that Sandy and I have had in our travels is watching the “processions” during Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Spain. These are ancient processions that take place all during Holy Week and move from local parish churches to the main cathedral in the larger cities. They are long parades of young people, women in lovely costumes, hooded penitents (who look like the prototype for the old Ku Klux Klan), bands playing dirges, and in

My Revival

“We welcome another challenge from Clair Davis, who is a scholar on revivals but is also very concerned about his own personal revival.”                                                                                                 Steve Smallman I want to write a book on revival,