Pastor's Blog

  • Seven Shared Values

    Last Sunday I had the joy of presenting our seven shared values with the Starting Point class.  These are seven distinctives we’ve recently adopted as part of our new polity in Sovereign Grace Churches.  Like our Statement of Faith, they serve to provide clarity concerning who we are.  But values go beyond what we believe to describe what motivates us...what we hold dear, what’s worth contending for. Reformed Soteriology (God is sovereign in salvation) Gospel-centered doctrin...

  • Sunday Review - Nov 10

    We began this morning by praying for God's blessing on our gathering We sang How Great Thou Art, Not in Me, and Psalm 62 We sang Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus and listened to the words of Hebrews 1:1-12 Craig Smith encouraged us to participate in the Food Pantry Christmas Boxes Project (read his remarks here) Brian McPeters welcomed our guests and Bob Shanks read Isaiah 63-64 We prayed for the Philippines, men and women in the armed forces, and our newly elected state officials Gene preaches a sermo...

  • Responding to Change

    Fall has to be one of the best seasons in central Virginia. Color is everywhere. Trees that went unnoticed all summer long suddenly draw my gaze.

  • Sunday Review - Oct 27

    We began our gathering by singing Lead Me to the Cross and From the Inside Out We listened to Jeremy Howard and the other vocalists read three scriptures about the greatness of God (1 Chr 29:11, Ps 150:2, Eph 1:19-23) We learned a new song, Great Are You Lord, and Will Hagen shared a prophetic word from Luke 14:16-23 We sang It is Well, and recited the answers to the first two questions of the Heidelberg Catechism We welcomed our guests and received the offering Jody Dingwell explained the visio...

  • Pray for Us

    Gene and I are both traveling to Orlando, FL this week to attend a couple different events. Here's a quick overview of what we're doing so you know how to pray for us.  On Monday afternoon, Gene will attend the annual Sovereign Grace Ministries Council of Elders (CoE) meeting. The CoE is basically the national governing board for SGM and is comprised of some 60 pastors.

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