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, May 28, 2017
Duration: 30 mins 52 secs
We come to an odd interruption in the already strange story of David among the Philistines to see Saul about to go into battle with the Philistines. Saul seeks the Lord's counsel but finds no answers. So with small faith he orders a medium and ends up with large trouble. We won't spend much time on the "did she or didn't she?" issue to think more about the larger question of what should he have done?
Sun, May 21, 2017
Duration: 25 mins 52 secs
Sun, May 14, 2017
Duration: 31 mins 23 secs
Sun, May 07, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 12 secs
Continuing in 1 Samuel we find David and Saul in another verbal confrontation. This time after David steals Saul's ever present spear. It what may seem odd at first but this will lead us into some thoughts about Christian imagination.
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
Duration: 28 mins 28 secs
Maybe I am a little cynical (maybe!? a little!?) but it seems to have become almost obligatory for new men coming into the presbytery to speak of themselves as "marrying up" or their wives taking pity or whatever. Perhaps it is sincere. Perhaps it is true. But, once I get to know both I rarely find myself thinking "what did she ever see in him?" But I have had those thoughts with others. Oh come on, you have too! We will together this week. We arrive at the section of the saga of David where he encounters a woman described as wise and beautiful who is married to a man essentially described as a world-class jerk. Trouble ensues. Lessons will be learned.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
Duration: 23 mins 43 secs
So we are getting back to the story of David and Saul after our Easter break. This week we find Saul wandering into a cave and David, who has become quite the caveman, urged to kill him. David makes a very significant decision and then makes a speech to Saul about it. Saul responds with a most interesting speech of his own. What may look like a text that warns us of missed opportunities is, at least in my view, really a text that warns us about short cuts. You can decide whether I'm right or you're wrong. "Take the Long Way Home."
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
We will of course be thinking of the Easter story, the bigger biblical story, and just how we fit our stories into that big picture. Lots of folks really like and even thrive on rules, we Reformed folk tend to like and thrive on doctrine, but God gave us stories. Ya know, like "In the beginning..." or "There was a man sent from God...". We need to think about why.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 39 secs
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 24 secs
Communion Sunday! Always a great time to gather at the table of our Lord as family. Before we get there we will continue one more week with 1 Samuel. This week we see David heroic and yet hunted and betrayed. But the centerpiece is David encouraged. That should give us something to reflect on. How can we be encouraged, how can we encourage others, and how, ultimately, is Christ our encouragement? That should take us to the table nicely.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Duration: 24 mins 35 secs
There are hard truths in the Bible, difficult stories. There are congregations, and not a few, that will not sing the moving and beautiful song Rick and his band led us in last week because they do not want to hear that "the Father turns his face away". Stuart Townend was asked to change that offensive lyric, so true and so soteriologically essential, and bravely refused. The passage we come to this week is one of those many would skip over. But it is important to the story we are following as Saul disintegrates and David, on the other hand, integrates faith and action. It is, for the most part, ugly. But it is the Word of God. So it is also both true and helpful.