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 05, 2017
In a significant way, all of 1 Samuel so far has been introduction. The main character, the one who so points us to Jesus, is David. The saga of Saul is not over but this week the spotlight moves from him to the coming king. Seems a most unlikely choice, youngest of the family, left out of the line-up when the prophet appears. Yet he is the one God chooses. Seeing that again may teach us a thing or two.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 51 secs
So this week we finish chapter 14 and move through chapter 15 of 1 Samuel. That section presents us with some major head-scratchers. First we have a rather glowing summary of the administration of Saul followed by his rejection by God. Very odd sequence. Then we encounter one of those pictures that many non-Christians hate, many liberals reject, and that make Christians very uneasy. God requires the total elimination of a nomadic tribe. Has God changed to the kinder, gentler New Testament God? Many think so. We'll have to ponder that. And then, as if that is not enough, and still on the subject of God changing, we have a clear and beautiful statement that God does not change or repent. The problem is that powerful and clear assertion is in the same chapter that tells us - twice! - that God repented.
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Duration: 30 mins 59 secs
This week we will read sections of two chapters and see the sharp contrast between two figures, father and son, and two ways of thinking about God. Saul practices religion while Jonathan lives out faith. We'll see how one works and the other fails miserably.
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 25 secs
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
Duration: 21 mins 41 secs
Pretty much everything getting back to normal this week and we are returning after our holiday hiatus to 1 Samuel. Picking up where we left off, Saul, the anointed king, acts as the last of the judges in the chapter before us. There is evil oppression, an appeal for help, and the Holy Spirit empowers a man to lead God's people to victory over the oppressive evil. We will talk about the temptation to surrender, the effects of compromise, as well as the beauty and availability of salvation from the Lord. Saul was the agent, but once again God saved his people.
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Duration: 20 mins 28 secs
Well this doesn't happen often. We begin a new year on the Lord's Day. Seems appropriate in so many ways even if we are all a bit tired from being up till after midnight just to make sure 2016 is really gone! We'll gather for fellowship and worship, think about how to grow a stronger faith in the new year, and take our hopes and fears before the Lord in prayer and at His table. What a great way to get a new year rolling!
Sun, Dec 25, 2016
Duration: 22 mins 57 secs
And so this is Christmas. People keep asking, “Are you ready for Christmas?” Well, ready or not here it is. Connie is cooking, cleaning, all that, I am working on sermons and helping by staying out of her way. We will be ready. Together we have been trying to be ready, in the spiritual sense anyway, really the most important way, by Advent services and activities. Now the day is just about upon us. Christmas Eve we will gather as we usually do and do a good bit of singing, hear some familiar Scripture, and be thinking a bit about those folks too often thought of as minor characters in the Christmas story. Too easy to think of ourselves as minor characters also even when Paul corrects that with the image of the Body and so on. Let’s see why we are important to our Lord and to one another.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Duration: 28 mins 28 secs
Well it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Got in the spirit a bit by playing some Christmas tunes for “Donations and Donuts” last week and a few more at Atria’s last night. But getting in the spirit far more by reading Scripture and thinking through Advent messages. Several of you have mentioned you are enjoying the little Christmas book we gave you (more available if you didn’t get one or want another to give away). I also bought a couple of even smaller booklets one of which is called “Christmas in Three Words”. The author asks at the beginning what three words you would use to describe Christmas. My three are different than his. Be happy to give you his if you would like but this week we’ll look again at the Prologue to John’s Gospel and think a bit about mine. Faith, hope, and love. Of course Paul mentions them too and they are enshrined in classic theology as “The Three Theological Virtues”. I hope a helpful way to prepare by looking at our Lord and ourselves.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Some folks think Paul’s moving account of the incarnation in Philippians 2 was actually an early hymn or creed he was quoting. Possible, but we could also almost call it an early Christmas card. We are going to look at it this week and take up humility as our third theme for Advent. Jesus certainly demonstrated it and Paul calls us to “have this mind”. Not easy to do at all, certainly not easy to do consistently. We’ll look for some keys and helps.
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Now that we are knee deep in Advent we will be staying with Advent related themes. This week we will think about just who needed a Savior and why anyone would need one. People had all kinds of expectations and ever since Jesus came people have had all kinds of interpretations and ideas. But, right at the leading edge of the Gospels we hear, “You shall call his name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins”. Seems pretty clear. But you have to know what those words mean and believe that truth. So this week we will think about sin. What is it? Why can’t we fix it? Why can’t God just get over it? Then we will be needing the Lord’s Supper won’t we?