Dear Church Family, A few weeks ago I asked for you to share any questions that you might have so that I could devote my letters to answer these questions.  This letter is my attempt to do just that and I have decided to answer these questions in the order I received them.  I trust this will be helpful to each of you and if you have more questions, I invite your response. Question:  Regarding the views of the rapture of the church, compare the post tribulation rapture and the pre tribulation rapture. Through the years there have been at least four views that have emergedRead More →

Dear Church Family, “There’s no place like home” is a five word “truism” that is realized whenever you’ve been gone for any length of time.  Don Friend and I can attest to that as well after spending the last two weeks in Pennsylvania at the headquarters of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) for training in the Roots of Faith material.  The classes were challenging and helpful.  Pray for us as we formulate a plan for how we will use this training here at SKRBC.  I’m thankful for those who ministered to and with you while we were away- thanks Brian, Jim, andRead More →

Dear Church Family, CHRIST IS RISEN!  Believers around the world will echo this triumphant phrase this coming weekend for very good reason:  The Resurrection is the “capstone” of the Gospel!   Without a doubt, the Resurrection was the divine “stamp of approval” on the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ, and without it, Christ’s death would be nothing more than another execution by the Romans.  On the other hand, the death of Christ on the cross and what He accomplished gives the Resurrection its incredible significance.  Clearly then, both accounts make up the Gospel of God’s grace that Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 15.Read More →

Dear Church Family, Over the last six weeks I have written on the topic of expository listening, and I will be concluding this series with this week’s letter.  I have gleaned some of the information from the book entitled “Expository Listening” by Ken Ramey (c2010, Kress Biblical Resources, Woodlands, TX  77393).  I have also summarized some material from a chapter in the book “What Is a Healthy Church Member” by Thabiti M. Anyabwile (c2008, Crossway Books, Wheaton, ILL 60187).  I have used these books as resources as well as my own personal insights to share with you a joint effort (pastor/preacher and congregation) in emphasizingRead More →

Dear Church Family, Over the next two weeks I will be wrapping up the current focus of “Expository Listening”.  As I have read through different material on this subject, I have been personally challenged in both areas of expository preaching and listening.  As I’ve considered the role of the listener (which also applies to me!) it has caused me to consider my preaching and preparation as well.  My sole purpose in considering this topic was to further equip and encourage believers in the depth of God’s Word.Read More →

Dear Church Family, In this week’s edition of “expository listening” I would like to address an area that we might be tempted to describe as someone else’s problem.  In 2 Timothy 4:3-4 Paul wrote, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” That applies to those “other” churches…right? That surely doesn’t describe our church…does it? To answer the first question I would have to say:  not always. Read More →

Dear Church Family, Happy Valentines’ Day!  It’s hard to believe that we are half way through the month of February isn’t it?  I am enjoying the interaction in Sunday School as we discuss 1 John—which is a great introduction to part three of “Cultivating the Heart of an Expository Listener.” Expository listening is truly a discipline of preparing the heart before your hear the Word preached.  It is a matter of choosing to take the preaching and teaching of God’s Word seriously and taking personal responsibility (and accountability) for the opportunity you have to be under the ministry of the Word.Read More →

Dear Church Family, In last week’s letter I mentioned “springtime” and gardening, and the weather over the last few days makes me a little antsy to get outside and prepare the soil!  However, reality in the northwest will revisit us soon and I’ll put my gardening plans on hold for a bit. In my continuing series on “expository listening” I addressed the issue of cultivating the heart.  Part one of cultivating the heart consisted of: Read and meditate on God’s Word daily Pray throughout the week Confess your sin Minimize the influence of the media Plan ahead and around the ministry of the Word IRead More →