The “O” Antiphons

The Church has been singing and/or reciting the “O” Antiphons since at least the 7th century during Advent. These are the antiphons (verses to be recited or sung in response) that accompany the Magnificat from Luke 1:46-55. These antiphons use ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming […]

A Word for Foothills from Alistair Begg

He’s got a great Scottish accent; he’s funny; and he’s a poignant preacher.  He’s pastor and radio Bible teacher, Alistair Begg, and he gave a powerful message during the Clarus ’15 conference held at Desert Springs Church in Albuquerque this past Spring.  It’s a message I would love for our whole church to listen to […]

Pro-Life and Police Killings

I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent killings of criminals by the police. I’m sure you have too. You may even have a well-crafted opinion about them like, “The kid in Ferguson was a thug and deserved what he got. The man in New York City should not have resisted arrest and shouldn’t have […]

Why We Observe Ash Wednesday and Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday, a day that begins the season of Lent for Christians. There are 40 days (minus Sundays) until Easter, and the season of Lent is a time for Christians everywhere to prepare themselves to celebrate that glorious day. Tonight, I will observe the beginning of the Lent season with my congregation by […]

Good News? Really?

In Luke’s gospel, he calls what John the Baptist preached “good news.” (Luke 3:18) However, the news that Luke called “good” included burning in an unquenchable fire. (Luke 3:17) John preached that when Jesus comes, He will separate the wheat (those who repent and follow Him) from the chaff (those who don’t repent and follow […]

Did Jesus Sin When He Was Young?

In Luke 2, we see 12-year-old Jesus staying behind in Jerusalem for three days without telling his parents. They leave to head back home after celebrating the Passover Feast, thinking he is a part of their caravan of relatives and friends, only to discover at the end of the day that he is not with […]