Your Leadership Priority: Relax!

One of my privileges as a pastor is to help small group leaders thrive. Over the past few weeks, I’ve thought about this question: “What is the one piece of advice you’d give to a small group leader?” What’s your answer? Here’s mine: Relax! Of course, be faithful to the Scriptures, preach the gospel, love people. Yes. Yes. Yes….

My Candidating Sermon at Grace Chapel

For those of you who are interested, you can listen to my candidating sermon from June 16, 2013, at Grace Chapel. I preached on “Christ and Christ Crucified” from 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. I have included the full manuscript text below. “Christ and Christ Crucified” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 James Pruch June 16, 2013 Introduction One of…

A Quick Thought on Marriage and Singleness

In 1 Corinthians 7: 26, Paul says about marriage and singleness, “I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is.” No doubt there were many people in the first century — as I’m sure there are now — who cringe when they read that….

Passion Week – Good Friday Meditation

Part 5 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. 1 Peter 3:18: For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to…

A Linguistic Approach to Tongues

I found these two articles by Robert Zerhusen very helpful on the study of speaking in tongues.  He gives compelling arguments to believe that tongues are known human languages in both Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 14, and not ecstatic utterances.  They were published by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals: Part 1: A New Look…