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, Oct 01, 2017
Duration: 20 mins 45 secs
So we will be taking a break from our Samuel series in October for pumpkin spice, no wait, more directly Reformation themed sermons. It is a daunting and likely impossible task to say just when the Reformation began, but a commonly agreed upon and convenient date is when Martin Luther nailed his articles for debate, the "95 Theses", to the community bulletin board (the church door) in Wittenberg. That was October 31, 1517. Hence 500 years.
The first week of each month is our communion service and so that will be our focus this week. A bit about how the Reformation reformed communion and more about what we do, why, and how. Seems like it has been a while since we have had a full communion address.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 15 secs
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 29 mins 48 secs
Well, if you thought after the Bathsheba chapter we were out of the ugliness you might need to reconsider. This week we find the kingdom of David cracking open to reveal lust, rape, anger, disgrace, hatred, and murder. May sound like the average TV show anymore but this was real and this was really bad. Making sense of it and finding any "moral to the story" is challenging. We'll see if I am up to the challenge Sunday. Prayer ahead would be appreciated!
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Duration: 27 mins 27 secs
So where does David's terrible series of sinful choices leave him? We got a hint right at the end of the chapter when we are told in no uncertain terms that what he had done was evil in God's eyes. But, then, in an unexpected move God sends a prophet with a story. A story that leads to revelation, accusation, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and enduring consequences. A lot to try to take in and apply!
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Duration: 29 mins 22 secs
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration: 23 mins 56 secs
Last week we saw the beautiful picture of David remembering his experience of covenant love and faithfulness and looking for someone to show it to himself. He found that person in Jonathan's son Miphiboseth and freely gave him protection, provision, and a new position. As we turn the page we see David again extending covenant faithfulness only to have it rudely rejected plunging nations into a war. David is certainly not the only one to have love and peace rejected and the consequences are always severe. We'll think about that.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration: 23 mins 14 secs
We're back. Survived the cycling vacation with fairly minor injuries and very major enjoyment. The beautiful and challenging ride along the CA coast from Carmel by the Sea to Big Sur was a highlight we will never forget.
Speaking of never forgetting...some 15 to 20 years after David made a promise to Jonathan he still remembers it and acts upon it. We will look at the touching story of David and Mephibosheth and reflect on the important matter of covenant faithfulness. Ready to get back to it? I am.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 55 secs
It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of the next chapter we take up in 2 Samuel. Many see it as the very heart of the Old Testament. It contains God's announcement of what Reformed Theologians frequently refer to as the Davidic Covenant. This is what all the other covenants were preparing for and the later prophets explained. The authors of the Gospels and Paul see Jesus clearly in this and rely heavily on it to explain the person and work of our Lord. Exciting Gospel material to expound!
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 30 secs
From where we left off in chapter 5 to the end of chapter 8 we have a fairly neat little section concerning the reign of King David. The section begins with a list of family and ends with a list of officials. So, in between, we have a sort of account of the transition from a gathering of tribes to a functioning kingdom with the requisite bureaucracy - yes, back then also. I think we can cover this in the two Lord's Days before my vacation. This week the first half focuses on bringing the Ark of the Covenant up to Jerusalem. Battles, tragedy, celebration, and domestic strife. Something for everyone, eh?
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration: 26 mins 39 secs
This week we reach what is in many ways the high point of 1&2 Samuel. David becomes king over all of Israel and establishes his capital city - Jerusalem. As some say "it doesn't get any better than this". That would be almost true except it does get much, much better....just not for a long, long time. A descendent far greater than David establishes a city far greater than Jerusalem. We see both the before and after pictures Sunday.