Tranformation vs. Transaction

Luke 8 provides a vivid contrast between a transactional life and a transformational life. Consider these moments on a city street, as described in Luke 8:42-48 in The Message: Jesus went with him, making his way through the pushing, jostling crowd. In the crowd that day there was a woman who for twelve years had been afflicted with hemorrhages. She […]

Loved By God

The essence of being a disciple is moving toward Jesus and taking others with you. When all is said and done, it is really that simple. This is liberating. It allows for a variety of ways to do this, recognizing the unique wiring of many different people, their circumstances, contexts, and so forth. To be a disciple is to move […]

Charlottesville and Sin

There is a single word to describe the idolization of white supremacy in Charlottesville, and contrary to the narrative it is not history or preservation or protectionism. It is . . . SIN. There is only One who is supreme, and His name is Jesus, and, remarkably, He came “not to be served but to SERVE and give His life” […]

“Walk By the Spirit!”

As the Apostle Paul brings closure to his thoughts regarding love being supreme over and above the fleshly extremes of license and law, he raises a tension regarding how to ensure this love will prevail. Galatians 5:16 and following resolve this tension with profound clarity, and the resolution is the antithesis of self-effort. “Walk by the Spirit,” the apostle pens, […]

Sunday’s Comments on the 2016 Election

Below is a transcript of my comments across our four worship gatherings this morning at New Hope Church regarding the election: Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ. For those of you who are guests, my name is Matthew, and I am one of the pastors here at New Hope Church. I would like to take a moment and […]

Behold the Man!

Our world is starving for real men to step up and lead. Not empty-suits, vacant behind the eyes and the ties. Not passive fools whose life ambition is to be nothing more than the sex-starved, beer-crazed baffoons in the average commercial or sitcom. Not the guys who spend their time feeling sorry for themselves and passing off their responsibility upon […]