If atheism is true, it is impossible to waste one’s life. You can live for hedonism or altruism, but neither way is more wasteful or virtuous in the grand scheme of the universe. You can try to save the planet or destroy it, but neither is a more wasteful or virtuous way of living now. Here’s why. In order to argue that a person should not waste one’s life, a person first has to assume a number of
Some thoughts from sermon prep on Daniel 3. TWO CONTRASTING POWERS Nebuchadnezzar was the most powerful king in the world, but he used his power for selfish, vain, and evil purposes, especially in trying force people into sinful worship of an idol. He was powerful, but limited in his power—his power could not thwart God (He couldn’t destroy Shad/Mesh/Abed if God chose to save them) and his actio
Without God, is it possible to have a non-arbitrary purpose to human existence? Here’s some thoughts on the topic: Sometimes I hear the following sentiment from friends who embrace a naturalistic worldview (the worldview that says we live in a universe void of God and the supernatural and that the universe and human race are the accidents of time and chance): “There is no purpose to our huma
Our church in Naperville, Cross of Christ Fellowship, has recently begun working our way through the book of Daniel together. I’m looking forward to what God will do in and through this sermon series as we seek to behold Him and hear from Him. One commentator said that the theme of Daniel is this: “in spite of present appearances, God is in control” -Tremper Longman. I think this is a good a summa
“I GET to do this another year!” This is how I feel as another year church planting lies before me. I feel in my heart a sense of gratefulness and surprise at God’s sustaining grace in our church plant here in Naperville: Cross of Christ Fellowship. (I often feel surprised at the beginning of the new year by the fact that we as a church plant are still going. So many church plants do not make it p
I’m thankful for all the books I read in 2019. By God’s grace, it was another good years of reading. We are blessed to have so many good books to read and so many that free to download online. About half the books I read in 2019 were rereads–some I have reread multiple times. I think a REALLY good book is one that we find ourselves rereading multiple times. Every year I try to re
Our church plant, Cross of Christ Fellowship, is now officially a member of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network! So if you know someone looking for an Acts 29 church in Naperville, please send them our way. It has been a blessing the past few years to be part of the Acts 29 community and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord will do in and through this partnership in 2020 and beyond.
Any real relationship involves both joy and pain. To be in an actual friendship with another person means one gets to be actually known and loved; it means enjoyment of another and life together, including life’s sweetest moments. It is a JOY to be known and loved. But a real relationship also involves PAIN: there is pain in being misunderstood; there is pain in feeling overlooked; there is pain t
Another year is wrapping up for us at Cross of Christ Fellowship, our church in Naperville. It has been a year of PAIN and JOY. If you would like to learn more, and about how you can help us click here.
This Saturday, from 6-8, Cross of Christ Fellowship, our church in Naperville, is hosting Cookies & Carols. We’ll be meeting at the Old Stone Church (14 S Washington St.), which is where we host Sunday morning worship services. It will be an evening of singing carols, considering the meaning of Christmas, and eating cookies. We’ll be collecting grocery store gift cards and children