I was preparing my sermon from 1 Corinthians 16:5-14 and read in the English Standard Version (ESV) and New American Standard (NASB) the words – “ Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.” (ESV) Then I did what I normally […]Read More What does it mean to act like men?
Our goal at Grace Church Seattle is to reach seekers and unbelievers with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We who call on the name of the Lord for salvation are also called to make Jesus our Lord. Making Jesus the Lord of your life is without question the goal of Christianity. The goal is not […]Read More Why come under Jesus’ Lordship?
I went to a pastor’s meeting in West Seattle yesterday and saw a smudge on the forehead of a fellow pastor and thought, “What the heck?” and then remembered it was Ash Wednesday. What is Lent? The word “Lent” comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word for springtime, lencten. This describes the gradual lengthening of days […]Read More What is Lent?
Let me tell you a story. When I was growing up the primary religious influences in my life were my dad and the Palmer family. . My dad was Catholic and growing up with him, mass was a weekly (Sundays) if not a daily discipline. I lamented going to church in the fall, especially when […]Read More Tongues, Prophecy, Communion
How does God speak? How does God reveal His will? What does divine will even mean? In reading the Old Testament I have contemplated how the infinite God of the universe who is Spirit communicates with finite humanity confined to the body each inhabits. And so I opened Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem and turned […]Read More What is God’s will for me?
Everyone wants to be known, and we want to be known for something great we have done. The architect wants to be known for the building she constructed, the high school football coach wants to be known for the students’ he impacted and the lives he changed, the NBA superstar wants to be known for […]Read More Identity