Launching In

Christ the King Somerville launch service is Sunday, September 7th at 4:30pm! I know some of you out there are thinking, “What!? I thought the church was already meeting.” Well, we have been. Our goal was to make it as confusing as possible for everyone (That wasn’t really our goal, but it is somewhat confusing)….

Somerville and Summer Travels

Greetings from sunny Somerville! It’s been warm here of late, but warm here is a good thing. I have received a call as Assistant Pastor of Christ the King Somerville. It’s official. I have been called as the Assistant Pastor, which will permit me to stay and invest in our congregation long-term. The hope of the CTK…

New England Summer

I knew I liked it here when my spirits were still high in the middle of February. Nonetheless, a few friends and I would often remind each other, “Summer is coming.” It was worth the wait. You know that period of a couple of weeks in April or May in the South or the Midwest…

So Much Has Happened And Is Happening

It’s been a while since I have written an update. This is not because nothing has happened, but because so much has happened. Since I last wrote, Christ the King Somerville (CTKS) has continued to meet and to grow, both internally and externally. We had our second public service on Easter. Given that we are…

Update: First Public Service and More

March was a big month for CTK Somerville, as I mentioned it would be in my previous post. The month began with our first core group worship service on March 3 (see previous post). After that, I spent a week in Birmingham, where I greatly enjoyed and benefited from the Cahaba Park Church planting cohort….

Sermon: The True Shepherd

Delivered at Christ the King Somerville on March 16, 2014.  The sound quality is not great as it came from a friend recording it on his cell phone (without my knowledge). Text: Mark 6:30-44

Update: A Month of Firsts

On March 2, we had our first core group worship service (pictured above). It was exciting to worship together, and I think we will always remember it. On March 16, I will preach at Christ the King Somerville for the first time. On March 23, we will have our first “public” service (more advertised, more…

Update: God’s Faithfulness to Our Ministry

Lately, I have been blown away by God’s faithfulness to bring me here. I have been waking up with a sense of eagerness for the work of ministry for Christ the King Somerville (1 Peter 5:2). Thanks be to God, that I continue to learn and grow daily. I hope you know me well enough to…

The Year After Seminary Reading List

The reading I did in seminary was great (Dr. Malysz was responsible for roughly half of it), but in the last few months I’ve read with a great deal more balance. This is mostly non-theological reading. (I’ve not included commentaries and journal articles.) This is not all I’ve read, but these I would recommend if…

The Overcoming Death Story

I have been reading about death lately (that sounds cheery, I know) in a book called Lament for a Son by Yale philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff.  After the death of his 25-year-old son in a climbing accident, Wolterstorff, a Reformed Christian, writes his lament poetically and philosophically, but most of all, personally.  I read the book with the hope of…