Jack Wilson is our founding pastor and a lifelong resident of Western PA.
Jack graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in music education. He studied at Ligonier Valley Study Center with Dr. R.C. Sproul and then went to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary to study with Dr. John H. Gerstner where he received the Master of Arts degree magna cum laude.
Jack and his wife Connie live in Murrysville, PA.
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Duration: 29 mins 51 secs
Last week we began our studies in Hebrews 11, sometime called the "roll-call of faith" or other similar titles. We looked at several characteristics of faith and I may have gotten a few people fired up for a Shelly Pie with an illustration too near lunch time. Connie and I had a good ride from the Waterfront and then went up the hill to Mineo's, another favorite. Three days later City Paper declared Mineo's the best pizza in Pittsburgh. Coincidence? Don't think so!
Anyway, this week we look at the first two intriguing examples of faith in action and more characteristics of faith. Abel and Enoch are not the names that come quickest to mind for OT heroes of faith and yet here they are, leading the list.
Sun, Aug 04, 2019
Duration: 31 mins 51 secs
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
Many are struck by what seems like a very sudden and unexpected change of tone and subject in the next few verses of Hebrews. The writer does move quickly from rather comforting encouragement to a quite stern warning. But, this is not the first warning and I think it follows quite well from the admonition not to stop meeting together "as is the habit of some". What could happen to those who fall away? The answer is frightening and serious and needs to be. We'll take a closer.
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 56 secs
Last week we got started on the application section of Hebrews but didn't get too far. We saw there is a short but power-packed paragraph with four exhortations. We thought about the first two, "draw near" and "hold on". This week we will look at the next two. Thinking about stimulating or even provoking one another to love and good works and continuing to meet together. Important matters.
Sun, Jul 07, 2019
Duration: 18 mins 25 secs
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Balancing on the very edge of June and about to tumble into July we will finish a major section of Hebrews. The doctrinal discussion of our Lord Jesus and especially his role as high priest and mediator of the New Covenant is drawing to its conclusion. Next week, Lord willing, we move into learning how we are to apply all this, or just what difference believing this makes. Note that the very next words as “Since then…”.
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Duration: 24 mins 43 secs
Still in Hebrews 9, we continue the same themes but also see how added detail continues to build intensity and interest. A rather fascinating near play on words takes us from covenant to will, as in last will and testament. You can see the words are close in English, they are identical in Greek. That quickly moves to a discussion of the significance of the death and blood themes of the Old Covenant and how they are perfectly fulfilled in the New. Then an inspiring picture of the "already" and "not yet" promise of the Gospel.
Sun, Jun 16, 2019
Duration: 21 mins 48 secs
We move into Hebrews 9 looking into and then away from the Tabernacle. Looking into what was should always have, and now must, raise our gaze to Jesus.
Sun, Jun 09, 2019
Duration: 26 mins 59 secs
I was trying to decide whether to spend a little more time in Hebrews 8 or move on into chapter 9 while driving in [on] Tuesday. I had NPR on and the discussion I heard about forgiveness and the misunderstandings and mischaracterizations helped me to decide to address the matter of God’s forgiveness and ours this week. I know I have worked through this before but it is so critically important and especially as many in society feel so free to lecture Christians about our “obligation”. Let’s try to have some biblical clarity, eh?