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, Feb 18, 2018
Duration: 23 mins 36 secs
One of the best known, most frequently performed, and strikingly memorable choir anthems is Randall Thompson’s “The Last Words of David”. I am sure many of you have heard it at one time or another and already have “He that ruleth over men must be just” looping in your heads. You’re welcome. Well, we get to the passage that anthem is based on this week for our penultimate (huh?) sermon from 2 Samuel. Not really David’s last words but important, impressive, and inspiring.
Sun, Feb 11, 2018
Duration: 31 mins 10 secs
As we move to the close of 2 Samuel we come to the first of two songs or poems. This one is pretty much Psalm 18, some think this version the original and the Psalm later edited a bit for congregational use. It is basically a psalm of praise for God’s rescue and empowerment of the king. Very powerful language to praise a very powerful God.
Sun, Feb 04, 2018
Duration: 20 mins 38 secs
We are moving into the last section of 2 Samuel. Many call it an appendix but we will see that is not correct, at least in any of the usual uses of that term. It begins with a quite ugly little story that actually turns out to be quite fitting for a communion Sunday.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration: 25 mins 39 secs
This week we find David returning to Jerusalem but only to yet another rebellion. The issue is quickly settled but we will see that the kingdom is not. More trouble, turmoil, bloodshed, grace, and lessons. You’ll see.
Sun, Jan 21, 2018
Those loyal to David have put down the rebellion and, to David’s great grief, killed the rebel leader Absalom. Now the king needs to reunite the nation and there are fears, rivalries, and enduring bitterness to deal with. We saw a number of encounters with interesting individuals as David left Jerusalem, now we see a series of interesting encounters as he returns. We see David very much in charge but acting quite the politician in perhaps the best and worst connotations of that term. David winning the peace, but at what cost?
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
Duration: 30 mins 31 secs
War, death, grief, angry confrontations, the stuff of life. The stuff of the Old Testament where we are finally returning to finish our studies in 2 Samuel. Perhaps a brief review then we pick up where we left off with David out of Jerusalem and being pursued by his rebel son Absalom. We will see the troubled and confused king and the decisive and certain general Joab. Difficult but interesting and instructive stuff.
Sun, Jan 07, 2018
Duration: 23 mins 37 secs
Tomorrow is 12th Night or, especially for the Christian calendar, Epiphany. It is celebrated as the revelation of Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior and especially the visit of men from the East. To quote James Taylor, "Those magic men the Magi, some people call them wise, or Oriental, even kings, well anyway, those guys." So for the first Lord's Day of this new year we'll take a look at those guys.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 46 secs
Well I have heard everything from a bit of snow to the sky is falling in predictions for this weekend, so, should we meet on Sunday, we will be wrapping up the year with your prayer and praise requests. For my last sermon of 2017 I am planning on sharing some thoughts on kindness. The kindness of God in Christ and the kindness we as Christians should be known for. Nothing new, some review, but still I hope a gentle reminder we all could use.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 42 secs
Well here it is! The 4th Sunday of Advent is Christmas Eve this year. So we will be gathering for worship together both morning and evening. Our regular Lord's Day morning service where we'll contemplate both the first and the second Advent by thinking about Philippians 2 where that's pretty much what Paul does. In the evening we will sing the great Christmas hymns, light the candles, and think about the Incarnation. What it is, why it is important, and how we are to continue the work Jesus started until he comes again.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017
Duration: 21 mins 12 secs
I know I said we wouldn't but I can't seem to find a way this week not to speak a bit about suffering, but also about hope. You might think oh more of the same but I'm not sure we ever stop suffering in this life or ever have enough hope. Advent is not simply about waiting but about longing and hoping.