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Pastor Letter: September 2, 2020

Dear Buck Run Family: Every time I think of you, the overwhelming thought and emotion I experience is a profound sense of gratitude. Your determination to honor the Lord, to stay connected as a church, to support the mission, and to love one another keeps me going. The challenges of the past few months have […]

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August Book Recommendations

Dr. Hershael York Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days by Eckhard Schnabel This is a fantastic study of Jesus’ final days leading up to the crucifixion. Schnabel profiles the seventy-two people and groups in the seventeen places that are listed in the passion narratives of each of the four gospels. Placing the events in chronological […]

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July Book Recommendations

Dr. Hershael York Luke, Jesus and the Forces of Death by Matthew Thiessen To complement our study in Luke, Jesus and the Forces of Death by Matthew Thiessen. This is a great new academic book about the ritual purity laws that were prevalent during the time of Jesus that are mentioned in the gospels and […]

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Fatherhood Points Us To The Father

It was probably around 3 a.m. I was standing over James’s crib, angry. I had graciously gotten up in the middle of the night, warmed a bottle of milk, changed my 1-month-old son’s diaper, bounced up and down with him in my arms, sung to him, kissed him, and changed his diaper again. But still, […]

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June Book Recommendations

Chris Parrish Conscience: What It Is, How to Train It, and Loving Those Who Differ, by Andrew Naselli In a time when there are seemingly endless opportunities for believers to be divided, it is incredibly important for Christians to understand and utilize their God-given conscience. Naselli helps us understand our consciences from a Biblical perspective […]

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Pastor Letter: June 10, 2020

  Dear Buck Run Family: In sixteen years of being your pastor, I thought I knew you. I thought I had seen every wonderful thing about you, and you had no more layers of greatness yet undiscovered. I thought I had peeled all the layers of the onion. Then the global pandemic we know as […]

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Pastor Letter: May 28, 2020

Dear Buck Run Family, It sure was good to see many of you last Sunday, and I look forward to seeing even more of you this week. It certainly is different worshiping in three services instead of all together in one, but for those of us who are able to get out, it certainly is […]

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We Are Weak, But We Are His

  That morning I broke apart. It was Easter morning. Easter: the pinnacle of our faith—and yet I yelled at my kids. I was trying to worship and “tune my heart to see His grace.” My children were set up with coloring books and quiet toys in hopes that I could have a few moments […]

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Music and Truth

  For ten Sundays I have looked across a nearly empty sanctuary and sung into a camera lens 75 feet away. This would be awkward even if it were a TV studio. But knowing what I know, and singing what I sing, it’s beyond awkward. It’s painful. I know that all those empty seats are […]

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