From the Old to New

Tuesday, 08 April 2014 by

This last Sunday, we hit the halfway point in our class about the Bible.  We learned about the New Covenant which Jesus initiated and how it relates to the Old Covenant.  I finished the the class by giving two questions which can help people read the Bible as a whole.     The two questions

Parenting Newsletter

Thursday, 03 April 2014 by

A pastor once told me “The job of a children & youth pastor is best divided in thirds:  one-third children/students, one-third volunteers, and one-third parents”.  I’ll admit, the parenting part never dawned on me other than the occasional conversation sharing how their child was doing, what we learned in class, or the mention of an

Confession and Covenant

Thursday, 03 April 2014 by

We have been talking covenants in class for the last few weeks.  As a church and denomination, covenant is one of the core principals of our faith; in fact, our confession devotes a whole section to the topic.  I have posted it below.  If you have time read and think about it because we will

High School Ministry

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 by

In recent weeks I have frequently been asked what the plans and goals are for the High School Ministry of HCPC.  I hope that I can summarize well for you what our hopes and desires are for the youth here at Heights. First and foremost, know that I believe I will only be effective in

Hollywood Jesus

Monday, 31 March 2014 by

I have never seen Jesus or Noah look more glamorous. Both were depicted larger than life on the silver screen in movie theaters across the nation this weekend. (Noah in Noah and Jesus in Son of God) Noah would be proud. He took in $44 million in sales the first weekend alone. If there was

Class Slides on Covenants

Monday, 31 March 2014 by

As promised, I have uploaded the slides from yesterday’s class.  You can download them by clicking the picture to the left.  I look forward to going through the New Covenant next week!   P.S.  If you have any follow up questions from the class, please ask below.

Story of The Kingdom

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 by

In this recent class, we discussed how the Bible has a major story line, namely the Kingdom of God.  From beginning to end it is about God’s reign which brings blessings to God’s people in God’s place.   We used the chart below as well as a story line summary based on Vaughn Robert’s God’s

Covenants: A Reading List

Monday, 24 March 2014 by

In the last  class of “the Book”, we discuss the Biblical reality of covenants.  A covenant in the Ancient Near East (I.e. Biblical Culture) was a bond between two parties often marked by a sacrifice, sign or a sacred meal.   I shared how a common covenant during Biblical times is called the Suzerain-Vassal Treaty.

China Town Presbytery

Thursday, 20 March 2014 by

  Our church belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian community, which means we value being connected to a larger family then just our local congregation. Twice a year our pastors and selected Elders travel to meet with other pastors and elders within our region (which stretches from West Texas to Northern California).  We call this meeting

Take Up Your Cross

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 by

This week in worship we’re going to tackle one of Jesus’ least understood teachings. In Matthew 10:34 He says: Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. What do you think Jesus means by this? How does it apply to