February 2019

All Things To All People

So far in 2019 we have been talking a lot about our calling to make more and better disciples here at State Road church. I say “more” because part of being obedient to the Great Commission calling will involve winning new converts out of the world, and I say “better” because once a person has […]

January 2019

If You Love Me, You Will Keep My Commands

Generally speaking, Christians are more comfortable with commands to act than commands to feel. It’s one thing for God to command us to witness to the lost, but another to command that we also be heartbroken over their state of separation. It’s one thing to command that we serve our enemies, but another to command […]

Tuning Our Hearts

In Joshua 5:13-19 we read about an encounter that Joshua had with an Angel before the battle of Jericho. It says that Joshua, “lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you […]

Loving God Together

Homemade crepes are one of my kids’ favorite breakfasts. They often ask for it as a special treat on their birthdays and other special occasions. The thing I like about making crepes is that they are so simple. To make crepes you only need a handful of ingredients. Eggs, flour, and milk are mainly what […]

December 2018

Loving God, Loving Others, Love in Action

The simple discipleship process by which we bring people along toward becoming fully committed followers of Christ at State Road Church is the way in which we ourselves exemplify our ever deepening levels of commitment to our God. Our personal and corporate worship should lead to deeper connected relationships which spur and encourage one another […]

The Barrier Destroying God

I remember very clearly one winter night when my daughter was little. It was around bedtime, and, as was our habit, I let her pick out a few books for me to read to her before turning off the light. One of the books that she pressed into my hands was a new one to […]

Parenting Tips From the Christmas Story

As Christians, We worship a God who is so much higher and bigger than us that we, as His followers, have to become very comfortable with mystery. And there is a lot of mystery surrounding the Christmas story, and perhaps the most mysterious moment of all is when Mary’s God came to be conceived in […]

Building on the Wrong Side of Eternity

Throughout the month of December we will be studying different aspects of the Christmas story at State Road Church, and in this message we will turn in our Bibles to Matthew 2 to do a character study on the life of Herod the Great. Sometimes we learn from witnessing the good example of others and […]

What’s In a Name?

As the song says, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” From my office window the pine trees across from the church are covered in a sugar dusting of snow, and my spotify playlist is playing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I love this time of year! Special food, special music, special gatherings, […]

November 2018

Marks of a Delivered People

Vincent Van Gogh, of course, is one of the most famous painters of the nineteenth century, and arguably one of the most famous painters of all time. At the Vincent Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam they have on display many of Van Gogh’s best-known masterpieces. In the basement of the museum, however, there is an […]