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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Be Perfect Therefore as your Heavenly Father is Perfect

“Be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) Ouch. There’s an impossible task. I might just as well crawl back in bed rather than begin my day. I’ve already failed. Just the other day I was thinking, “All my righteousness is like filthy rags (Isa. 64:6)” If everything I do is like a filthy rag, how can …

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The Gospel and a Hot Meal

In one of the more memorable stories about Jesus in the Gospels, a woman comes to where Jesus is staying, and anoints His head with an exorbitantly expensive aromatic oil. Seeing such a valuable commodity spent in this way, the disciples became indignant, exclaiming that so much good could have been done if the oil had been sold instead. Jesus’ …

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Building Community with Christ’s Love

While spending time in Portland, OR with a friend earlier this month, I was surprised when three separate strangers approached me out of the blue to start a conversation. They didn’t want anything, they simply planned to say hello and share a brief moment of friendliness. This was, or course, heresy to my East Coast sensibilities. I am used to …

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Wanted: Real Heroes

I kept my calendar for Monday night clear because #99 was in the spotlight. Usually #99 is a football player’s number, and specifically, a huge man that plays on the defensive line.  In this case, he’s huge, but he plays a sport that requires agility and speed.  Aaron Judge is the largest man to ever play major league baseball, and …

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The Comforter has Come

King James – Comforter NIV – Advocate ASV – Comforter Bible Basic – Helper Weymouth – Advocate World English Bible – Counselor   When I was in seminary, I used to bristle when students would get up to preach and during the message they would show off their Greek class by saying “the English says this but the Greek says….” …

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Karl Stephens

Dear Grace Redeemer Church, The Session is excited to announce that Karl Stephens has accepted our offer to become GRC’s Director of Worship Ministries.  He and his family will be moving to New Jersey over the course of this summer and will officially begin as those details are settled. This process has been a matter of great prayer for the …

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