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Prayer-Driven Outreach

Beginning July 1st my job at New Life officially changed. My role now is community relations coordinator. The session has also started an outreach committee of which I am a non-session member. Steve Smallman (Interim Pastor), asked me, Nancy Bower, to write this blog to help explain my role at the church. I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past few years thinking and praying about outreach ministries and getting connected to our Glenside community. Under the leadership

David and the Big Story

This past Sunday (July 6) I introduced our summer sermon series, which is on the life of David. My first point, before we looked into the details of David’s life, was to reflect on David’s part in the “Big Story,” as I called it. The Big Story is the unfolding of God’s plan of redemption, told from Genesis through Revelation. For me it is a source of great joy and encouragement to be reminded that our Bible is a supernaturally

In Appreciation Of Jack Miller (3): Orphans vs. Sons

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

Keep it up, keep at it—since Jesus is in your life

You won’t want to miss this scintillating post by Dr. Clair Davis,, our beloved in-house church historian, starting out with these two tease questions: Is there too much grace in our evangelical churches? Or too much law? —Steve Smallman Is there too much grace in our evangelical churches? Or too much law? Is there something we all can agree on, on how to be clear to each other that the Lord is a holy God, that he cannot tolerate sin

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