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, 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?
Sun, May 26, 2019
We have seen that we have a High Priest who is better in every way than those who came before. Now we finish chapter 8 by seeing that he mediates a better Covenant also. We will need to think a bit about what a covenant is and how this one is better. And, of course, what that means for us.
Sun, May 19, 2019
Duration: 27 mins 26 secs
Sun, May 12, 2019
Duration: 21 mins 55 secs
Continuing in Hebrews, more about the old priesthood and the superiority of the new Priest and the full salvation he has secured and offers.
Sun, May 05, 2019
Duration: 25 mins 47 secs
Put away the Easter bonnets and don your finest sombrero for our Cinco de Mayo party this week. No, of course not. But we will be celebrating the Lord’s table, remembering a far more important victory than the Battle of Puebla! We will lead up to that by getting back to some parallels and differences between Jesus and that odd figure from Genesis, Melchizedek.
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Duration: 21 mins 14 secs
After the brief and blessed interruption of Palm Sunday and Easter, we are back to Hebrews this week. Moving back toward Jesus as our high priest and a priest after the order of Melchizedek. We start with Abraham, get to Jesus, and in a blaze of metaphors find an anchor.
Sun, Apr 21, 2019
Duration: 23 mins 41 secs
And Easter Sunday. The joy of repeating “He is risen indeed!” The wonder of the story that seems too good to be true yet is true and so very good! This year I’ve chosen to look again at Mary Magdalen and the “gardener”. Have you ever felt you have looked for Jesus and not found him? He wasn’t where you expected? Perhaps later to see he was there all the time, but rarely how and where we expect. We’ll think about that a bit Sunday.
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Palm Sunday. Leaving Hebrews for two weeks to look at (Duh!) the Triumphal entry and the resurrection. Not really a big change since we gather every week on the Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, the day of the resurrection. But also a special time to focus on those things the Gospels spend a lot of time on. So, time well spent!