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, Dec 10, 2017
Duration: 18 mins 37 secs
Probably like you I sometimes get songs stuck in my head. Sometimes it's not a song but merely a phrase or a line. Sometimes that's not so good, for example too often Craig Finn's "Lord I'm discouraged" or "Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine" from the same song. Other times it's good, like early this week when I couldn't shake "Tidings of comfort and joy". So for the second Lord's Day of Advent we will focus on comfort; who needs it, who gets it, who gives it, and where it comes from. More properly who it comes from. The phrase is from a Christmas hymn after all and we are trying, really trying, to keep our focus on Jesus. The season can be so distracting don't we really, really need worship?
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration: 19 mins 53 secs
The first Sunday of Advent for 2017. Advent is typically described as a season of waiting and preparing for Christmas, the real Christmas, as in the celebration of the birth of Christ, not Santa, and Frosty, and the Peanuts gang. For our Advent we are going to touch on variations on the theme of "what are we waiting for?". For the first week we will look briefly again at this troubled world, try to make sense of a frequently misunderstood and misused Bible verse, and then see how Jesus is the answer we are looking for.
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration: 19 mins 39 secs
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Duration: 27 mins 25 secs
Well things should be back to normal this week. We continue following David in a chapter that doesn't have a lot directly about David in it. Interesting thing is that it doesn't seem to have a lot about God in it either. Except the author says it does. We'll be trying to figure that one out. Expect more comfort than conclusions though. Also a great week to pray together about Thanksgiving and the holiday season in general. Lots to be thankful for and yet some families precious to us will have empty seats and sad hearts this year. How we need to love and pray for one another!
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 20 secs
This week we continue to follow David out of Jerusalem. Last week he met friends and showed faith in dealing with them. This week he meets enemies and shows faith in dealing with them. A lot to learn. For me anyway, hope for you too.
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Well we are now getting back to the story of David already in progress. This week we see Absalom attempting, with some success, to steal the kingdom from his father and David retreating. We meet a couple of interesting characters along the way and also seem to finally get back to a more recognizable David, the man of faith. Something to learn from him when he appears down but not out.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
So this is it. Reformation Sunday. The 500th anniversary. Not to worry should you miss it. Next really big one in another 500 years should our Lord tarry. My plan is to sort of locate the Reformed. That is, show the careful balance between rejecting the false doctrines and practices of Rome without running to the extremes of what was called "the Radical Reformation". Then to look at the continuing need of balance between the draw of legalism and the appeal of various forms of self-worship and antinomianism. Then finish with some thoughts on being reformed in our crazy culture.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 26 secs
It is difficult for me to fathom just how folks like Martin Luther could have accomplished so much. He preached and taught regularly, wrote extensively, traveled frequently, met with students and officials, answered tons of letters, and still found time for his cherished wife and children and to hoist a beer or two with friends. And all this without a smart phone, a laptop, or even a good day planner! Well, maybe partly because he didn't have those things but whatever, he was busy and productive. Part of his early output were three treatises written and published in fairly short order. They really marked out several of the most significant themes he would address and refine throughout his later years of ministry. We are going to look at three of them this week: the concept of the priesthood of all believers, the nature of Christian freedom, and the idea that that freedom actually puts us in bondage. Hope that sounds intriguing!
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration: 27 mins 32 secs
Back from the wedding week-end and getting back to the Reformation this week. It seems most people believe the central theme or most important truth from the Reformers was justification by faith. That is certainly critical to the recovery of the Gospel the Reformation was about - and we will get to it - but I believe even more central and basic was the question of "Who says?", the issue of authority. The Church of the day believed that the Church itself, through the popes and councils, was the ultimate authority. Luther and the Reformers believed that the Word of God was the authority, even before and over the Church. We will explore that and some implications this Lord's Day.
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.