Posts tagged with ‘gospel’

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The Grace of the Father

by Pastor Hartley

In his book, The Prodigal God, author and pastor Tim Keller makes the observation that Jesus gave us the parable of  “The Two Lost Brothers” (or, “The Parable of the Prodigal Son”) so we would see two distinct ways people rebel against God (Luke 15). Early in the parable neither brother loves their father. The younger brother, who […]

The Disruption of Grace

by Pastor Hartley

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” So begins Charles Dickens’ story, A Tale of Two Cities, a historical fiction that takes its characters into and through the French Revolution of the late 18th century. The two main characters are Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton. Darnay is a French aristocrat, […]

Empty Chairs…

by Pastor Hartley

(The following is a funeral homily I prepared for the deceased mother of a beloved saint. I share it this week knowing that because of death many approach this year’s Thanksgiving with more empty chairs at their tables than the year past. For those who do not feel this sting so acutely, may these words […]

Grace, God’s Finished Work

by Pastor Hartley

With October 31 just around the corner I was thinking that if I had more talent I would carve the likeness of Martin Luther into a pumpkin. But then again that may be too diminutive a commemoration for such a dear brother in Christ. As you know October 31 was the day in 1517 that […]

Communities of Competence or Grace

by Pastor Hartley

One of the things the world is quite good at creating are communities of competence. Communities of competence are little informal societies of people who associate with one another for the primary purpose of demonstrating their individual competence in whatever endeavor has joined them together. Thus communities of competence come into existence to exhibit, to […]