The Gospel of God #24: “By the Spirit, Not by the Letter”


This weekend, I’ll be preaching from Paul’s letter to the Romans in a series called “The Gospel of God.” The message is titled “By the Spirit, Not by the Letter” from Romans 2:25-29. Here is a video preview:

Easter Video: Alive


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The video of the Easter sermon, “Alive”, from John 20:24-31 is online, and you can watch it here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here.

Sermon Video: Boasting in God


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The video from Palm Sunday, “Boasting in God,” from Romans 2:17-24 in “The Gospel of God” series is now online. You can watch it here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here.

ALIVE


Easter 2014

At Easter we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, that he is “Alive”, a message that convinced even Thomas, John 20:24-31Join us Saturday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. at College Church’s South Wheaton Campus, and Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 (Sunrise Service), 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. at the Wheaton Campus. Watch the video (below) and invite friends if you are in the area.

What’s So Good About “Good Friday”?


John 10:10-11 answers “What’s So Good About ‘Good Friday’?” Watch the video (below) and come to celebrate Good Friday if you are in the College Church area on April 18 at 6pm and 8pm.

The Gospel of God #23: Boasting in God


This weekend – Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m. at our South Wheaton Campus (located at Edison Middle School, 1125 S. Wheaton Ave. in Wheaton) and Sunday, April 13 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. at our Wheaton Campus – I’ll be preaching from Romans 2:17-24 in our series “The Gospel of God” with a message entitled “Boasting in God.” We will also be celebrating Palm Sunday.

Watch a video preview:

May 7-9, 2014: The Pattern and the Pulpit: Exposition, Systematics, and Practice


The Workshop on Biblical Exposition at College Church is coming next month, May 7-9, 2014. Our theme this year is “The Pattern and the Pulpit: Exposition, Systematics, and Practice.”

Below is a video invitation that will give you more information about the workshop. Consider sharing this with friends and inviting others to attend. It will be a great time of fellowship as we gather for expositional preaching, instruction, and small group practice. Click here to learn more and register.

Sermon Video: The Unexpected Gospel


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The video from this weekend’s sermon, “The Unexpected Gospel,” from Romans 2:12-16 in “The Gospel of God” series is now online. You can watch it here. Discussion questions about the sermon are available here.

Interview with Dr. Dennis Hollinger


The following article was written for Evangelicals Now and published in their news publication for March 2014. In it I interview Dr. Dennis Hollinger, president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:

dennis hollingerJM: What do you love about Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary?

DH: I love the fact that Gordon-Conwell reflects a thoughtful evangelicalism as it educates over 2,100 men and women from more than 90 different denominations and 60 different countries. Its vision: ‘We seek to advance Christ’s Kingdom in every sphere of life by equipping Church leaders to think theo-logically, engage globally and live biblically’.

JM: What are your key opportunities?

DH: Three opportunities stand out. First, to help build the church around the globe as we train leaders of leaders from many countries, including China. Second, we are serving the most theologically under-served group in North America with our Hispanic Ministries Program. We take courses to key Hispanic population centers and then have them come to our main campus for short-term intensive classes. Hispanics are our fastest growing group (now 16% of the US population), but constitute a very small percentage of seminary students. Third, we have developed a significant centre and programme in Workplace Theology and Business Ethics. This enables us not only to offer courses and conferences for Christians in the marketplace, but to help future pastors understand the contexts where most of their parishioners spend the bulk of their lives.

JM: What are the seminary’s challenges?

DH: Like most seminaries, the biggest challenge we face is funding our ministry adequately. The economic models for theological education of the past have not worked well in the 21st century. But, more significantly, one of the greatest challenges we face is developing church leaders who are wise, godly, understand the cultural context, but are deeply rooted in the gospel and Scripture.

JM: How can EN readers pray?

DH: Pray that God will keep us faithful to the gospel and the Word. Pray that God will raise up young people with a deep passion for ministry. Pray that our faculty will be able to minister not just to the minds of our students, but also to their hearts.

The Gospel of God #22: The Unexpected Gospel


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This weekend – Saturday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. at our South Wheaton Campus (located at Edison Middle School, 1125 S. Wheaton Ave. in Wheaton) and Sunday, April 6 at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 a.m. at our Wheaton Campus – I’ll be preaching from Romans 2:12-16 in our series “The Gospel of God” with a message entitled “The Unexpected Gospel.” Watch a video preview: