About Pastor Kenneth

The Profound Mystery

One of my favorite passages of scriptures says…

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! (Romans 11:33)

What makes this verse one of my favorites is that it shows us the glorious mysteriousness of our God.  You see, while the stuff of this world is all to often boring, predictable, and repetitious, our God is just the opposite!  The book of Revelation speaks of creatures who surround God’s heavenly throne 24/7 and never do they suffer boredom! In fact, they are so constantly struck with awe that they never stop crying out….

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8)

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Be a Courageous Calvinist!

Let me begin by putting my cards on the table.  I…am a Calvinist.  Now, if you don’t know what that means, I encourage you to read the excellent and mercifully short book  Five Points by John Piper.  If you already know what a Calvinist is, and you also happen to call yourself a Calvinist, you may have noticed that it’s not always the most comfortable thing to acknowledge that fact.  You see, all too often when we are asked the question, “Are you a Calvinist?” the conversation ends up going something like this…

  • Random person:  “Are you a Calvinist?”
  • You:  “Yes, I am.”
  • Random person:  “Wow!  You actually believe that God is some monster who only chooses a few people to go to heaven and cruelly damns the rest of humanity to hell?!  What kind of person are you?!”
  • You (while the other person walks away from you in disgust):  “What?!  No!  That’s not it at all!  Give me just a second!  I can explain!”

Of course, this isn’t always how it goes.  I mean, every now and then we discover another Calvinist, right?  Continue reading

Why no prayer in the garden John?

One of my favorite stories in any of the four Gospels is Luke’s account of Jesus’ prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. In it, the humanity of Jesus is beautifully on display. You see, even though Jesus made it clear that he had come down from heaven, not to do his own will, but the will of the Father (John 6:38); the fact that he had a human nature meant that, at times, doing the Father’s will would be incredibly difficult. Continue reading

Believer’s Baptism: What are we celebrating?

As the title of this article might suggest, I am a credobaptist. If you’re not quite sure what the term credobaptist means, it simply means that I believe that the sacrament of baptism is not for infants/children, rather it is intended for people who have repented of their sin and placed their faith in Jesus Christ. This weekend I had the great honor exercising my credobaptist convictions as I baptized three people including my oldest son Jeremiah. What a time of celebration! Yet in the midst of the celebration I find it helpful to remind myself of what it is that I am actually celebrating. You see, all too often I find that my fellow credobaptists seem to make the central focus of our baptismal celebrations the individual’s response to the gospel message. And while it is certainly appropriate to celebrate an individual’s response to the gospel (see Luke 15:7-10), I can’t help but think that our celebrations ought to have as their primary focus God’s gracious and sovereign work. Continue reading