Saints & Criticism

 Starting a new job can be awkward to say the least. On the one hand, you want to be authentic and on the other, you want to be absolutely perfect and adored by all. Sadly, in a fallen world they don’t quite go together. Right now, I’m honeymooning (with joy I might add) but in due time, the criticisms will …

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How to Make Sense of…Anything

When I arrived at GRC in 2004, everything was simpler.  No church office, only a few part-time staff doing their thing from home, one service on Sundays, a skinny ministry calendar that majored on Growth Groups.  And with fewer opportunities to see our 50 members, I decided to share a weekly blog-like email, “From the Pastor’s Desk.”  Since then, we’ve …

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Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul

Over the past year and few months, I have been moved to tears multiple times by the song “10,000 Reasons (Bless, the Lord)” by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin.  This song should be familiar as it is one that we sing together at GRC quite often. The chorus goes like this: “Bless the Lord, O my soul O my soul …

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Some Assembly Required

The other day, we ordered an outdoor heater. We saw one at a restaurant and really liked it. It stood about seven feet tall. When it arrived at our home, it was in a three foot tall box: the picture on the box showed it as seven feet tall. My original thought was that we might have to water it …

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Whose Delight is in the Law of the Lord

  We are beginning new chapters in our GRC community. It seems more like spring than fall with our growth groups starting this fall, the reality of 21Harristown getting ever closer, and new additions to the staff of GRC. If we peruse the news media though we see a completely different picture, more like the winter in Narnia: hurricanes, war …

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Mentoring

I have often heard women ask at both church and work for a mentoring program, no doubt caused by a healthy realization that there is always more to learn. Or perhaps the request is due to frustration with our lives and circumstances that we hope a mentor can miraculously help to fix. Regardless of the motivation, we know that mentoring …

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Boo!! Hiss!!

Driving down to the Session retreat last week, a couple of brothers and I were talking about movies. One of them was the 1979 classic, Apocalypse Now, the tale of a CIA operative charged with assassinating a rogue Army colonel during the Vietnam War. Today, this film is heralded in every respect: action, dialogue, acting, subject matter, themes etc. Yet back …

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The Heavens declare the Glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. (Ps 19:1) So this past Monday I, like many of you, took a moment to look up into the sky and marvel at the solar eclipse.  How beautiful! How amazing! How?  I mean…the sun is 400 times the size of the moon.  How can they look exactly the …

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Ken Message

I’m in a conundrum.  Two topics weigh on my mind, and I only have 500 words to do express them both: Growth Groups and the incidence in Charlottesville. Fall signals Growth Growths resuming again, and I want to encourage everyone to be a part of one.  This community of small groups is important to the people of Grace Redeemer and …

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Recharging Pastoral Batteries

I am glad to be back at Grace Redeemer after a three week absence.  I am returning from my one week study leave, followed by a two week vacation with my family.  The extended time away has allowed me to return to church refreshed in body, mind and soul. The privilege and benefit of a study leave permit me intentional …

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