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Posted September 7th, 2010 by Pastor_David
Technically autumn doesn’t start this year until September 23, but any New Yorker will tell you that the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day. Playtime is over. Vacationers come home. Students go back to school. Beach-lovers put their boogie boards into storage again. It’s time for New York to get serious once more about what we do best. It’s time to get back to work.
How do you think God feels about this? (Read more)
Posted August 30th, 2010 by Pastor_David
Donald Miller once wrote, "The church has bought into this idea that if we make Jesus look cool, we win. But we're really trying to make ourselves look cool, not Jesus. We certainly need to repent of that." Expressing similar thoughts was a very interesting article by Brett McCracken published recently in the Wall Street Journal called “The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity.” (Thanks Brad Wade for sending me the article.)
Posted August 23rd, 2010 by Pastor_David
For two reasons I have been looking for good Spanish sermons on-line. First, because I really enjoy listening to good preaching on my I-pod. Second, because I want to improve my Spanish by listening to people who speak it fluently. But until recently I have not found much worth listening to. (I’m sure there are good sermons out there, but they are hard to find.) Recently, however, I found some really good preaching. (Read more.)
Posted August 6th, 2010 by Pastor_David
When we moved back to Queens from suburban New Jersey nine years ago, I wondered if we were making a big mistake. Primarily, I was concerned about whether Queens would be a decent place to raise our kids. Looking back, I thank God for what it meant to our family to live here. I watch my teenagers with so much envy, wishing that I could have grown up here rather than in the suburbs. Not everyone, of course, needs to raise their family in the city, but if you are wrestling with questions about this I recommend that you listen to Tim Keller's talk "It takes a city to raise a child."
Posted July 23rd, 2010 by Pastor_David
My wife (Sobeyda) and I are travelling to Monterrey, Mexico on Monday. We will be visiting the missionaries working with Mission to the World in Northern Mexico. They have a vision to reach Northern Mexico through church planting, theological training and leadership development. In addition to visiting this ministry team, we will be participating in a youth retreat. I will be speaking on "a Christian worldview" and Sobeyda will leading a discussion group. We appreciate your prayers for us and for the work of God in Northern Mexico.
Posted July 12th, 2010 by Pastor_David
Christians often speak of the Bible as being a book that was inspired by God when it was written. What does this mean? A very clear answer to that question can be found in an article by B.B. Warfield, who was a professor at Princeton Seminary in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The article is called "Inspiration."
Posted July 5th, 2010 by Pastor_David
I believe that the Bible is God's inspired, inerrant, infallible Word. However, I think it is important for us to understand what these terms mean. Sometimes people who were raised with a very simplistic explanation of the inspiration of the Bible will abandon their confidence in Scripture's authority at the first attack of some sneering, unbelieving college professor. A more nuanced understanding of inspiration might increase their confidence in the Bible's trustworthiness. A blog entry by Paul Helm,who teaches at Regent College in Vancouver, reviews the sophisticated understanding of inerrancy that was articulated by B.B. Warfield, a professor of theology at Princeton Seminary in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Posted June 29th, 2010 by Pastor_David
We will have only one worship service on Sunday, July 4 ... 10:30am. We will meet at our regular location, ACI 27-35 Crescent Street, 11102.
On July 11 we will return to our regular Sunday worship schedule with services at 9:30am & 11:15am.
Posted June 21st, 2010 by Pastor_David
Two Christians were walking down the street one day, when a stranger came up and started to walk beside them. They didn’t recognize him, but the man was actually Jesus. He turned to them and asked, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” (Luke 24:17)
That’s a good question. If this were to happen to me, very often I would have to answer Christ: “We were discussing politics;” or “We were talking about sports;” or “I was just telling my friend about a funny movie I saw last night.” There is nothing wrong that. It is O.K. for Christians to be interested in the many facets of life and culture in this wonderful world God has made. But if our conversation never rises above this level, something is wrong. (Read more)
Posted June 15th, 2010 by Pastor_David
We will have only one worship service at ACC on Sunday, June 20. Starting time is 10:30am. Meanwhile, at least 60 ACCers will be away on a retreat at the Liebenzell Retreat Center in Schooley's Mountain, NJ. My family and I are looking forward to going on the retreat. I'm planning to come back to Queens on Saturday night, and am looking forward to preaching at the Astoria worship service on Sunday morning. Whether you are going on the retreat or not ... hope to see you next weekend!