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…

Update: Significant Changes

(Our launch team, minus a few) Happy New Year!  The new year seems to have brought plenty of changes with it. On Sunday night, the first meeting of Christ the King Somerville (CTKS) in 2014, the group decided to push back our official launch date to September 2014.  The previous plan was to launch the…

Why I Can’t Stand With Phil

For the record, I believe Phil Robertson had a constitutional right to say what he said. I also believe A&E, a private company, has the right to make decisions that will help the channel succeed and flourish. What I’m primarily concerned about is not constitutional rights, but the advancement of God’s kingdom.  When Christians publicly…

Buddha and the Gospel

A friend from our Wednesday night discussion group (Somerville Think & Drink) recently recommended a PBS documentary on the life of Buddha. My friend is not a Buddhist; he would consider himself agnostic, but he said it was one of the most compelling things he had ever watched. I was happy to find that I…

Sermon: “The Sign of Jonah”

This was recorded at Grace Presbyterian Church in Hanover, Mass, on the morning of December 29. I preached it a second time at Christ the King Newton that afternoon. It was the most I’ve ever attempted to engage a non-believing skeptic, while still instructing Christians. I know I have a lot to learn, but I…