Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Join Me at the Picnic

I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be at Ingleside on Wednesday night, June 27 for our annual church picnic. Not only is there really good food, but there is also great conversation, singing, praying, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and the celebration of believer’s baptism. If you haven’t been to the picnic before, watch this short video and you’ll get a great feel for what’s in store! Where is the picnic held? Again this year, our picnic will...

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Membership Class this Sunday

Did you know that “membership” is a biblical idea? Romans 12:4-5 says: “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (ESV).  The same truth is found in 1 Corinthians 12. Membership communicates your commitment to the Lord and to the other members of the body.  It says, “I’m all in.  You can count on me.  I will participate, give, and...

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Picnic and Baptism at Lake Ingleside

Every year one event that brings hundreds of Inglesiders together for a relaxed, joy-filled meal is our annual Church Picnic.  I hope you have already marked your calendars and are planning to be here Wednesday night, June 27. Not only is there really good food, but there is great conversation, singing, praying, mission team commissioning, sharing the Lord’s Supper, and . . . the celebration of believer’s baptism. Baptized yet? So, if you have never been scripturally baptized as...

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A Summer of Spiritual Significance

For many families at Ingleside, the rhythms of life will be different as the school year comes to a close. The demands of classes, tests, and extracurricular activities give way to a welcome change of pace. At Ingleside, the summer promises to be spiritually significant.  I want you to know about, participate in, and pray for the ministry and missions that will occur.  Here’s a summary: May 24-28 Denver Mission Trip May 26-June 2 Ukraine Mission Trip June...

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Will You Vote on Tuesday?

Tuesday, May 22, is election day.  I hope you are planning to vote. As you do, allow foundational biblical values to guide you in your evaluation of candidates and their policy positions. Here are some questions voters who follow Christ should ask: ... Character. Is this candidate a person of Christ-like character?  Do they have a track record of honesty and integrity?  Can they be trusted? Competence. Is this candidate a person with proven competence? Do they have...

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Leadership Matters

Over the past two weeks our Nominating Committee met to select new nominees who will be considered for service as Overseers and Deacons. As I left the meetings, my heart was deeply grateful for the quality and strength of the leadership God has given our church across the years. And, I’m convinced that one of the reasons that we have had strong leadership is because we have a good selection process.  It includes congregation-wide input, consideration by a Nominating Committee,...

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Investing in our Community

The month of May has become a time when we connect with, serve, and share the gospel with our community in a significant way. As the school year comes to a conclusion, we host a number of end-of-year events at Ingleside.  This year, these include: On Thursday night, May 10, we will host the Academy for Classical Education Honors Program in our Worship Center. On Thursday night, May 17, we will host the Covenant Academy Commencement in our Worship Center. On Saturday...

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Back into Focus

It’s typically not good when a picture is out of focus. The photo will lack clarity.  Depending on how far out of focus it is, it may appear fuzzy, blurry, or even indecipherable. With a little effort and concentration, however, we can typically make another picture that is appropriately sharp and crisp . . . even stunning! Like pictures, leaders and their organizations – including churches – can lose their focus. One way that happens is when the agenda gets so broadened and...

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A Healthy Church and Healthy Teams

In a larger church, one of the keys to long-term health and vitality is the leadership of a gifted and effective ministry staff in partnership with church members who are fully devoted followers of Christ. Under my overall direction, our Ingleside staff is led on a day-by-day basis by our Executive Pastor, Andy Johnson, and is currently organized into four teams: (1) the Worship Arts Team; (2) the Next Generation Team; (3) the Disciple-Making Team; and (4) the Operations Team.  I want you...

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So Which Study Bible Do You Recommend?

It’s a question that comes my way with some regularity.  And it’s one that I’m always pleased to respond to quickly.  The question is:  “So, which study Bible do you recommend?” I currently use and recommend the ESV Study Bible. The follow up question is usually:  Why do you recommend that one?  The reasons include: ... The English Standard Version is a faithful, recent English translation of the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts of the Bible. It is an...

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