We serve an amazing God! The creator of the universe, of molecules small and galaxies large, not only created us too, but knows us intimately! And he sent His son to redeem us and to make us His Children. Praise God!
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. (Galatians 4:4-7, ESV)
My life is a tapestry of experiences that has made me who I am today. As the grandson of Syrian Melkite Catholics who immigrated to New York, I definitely had an interesting childhood which has shaped my life. I have been an engineer, manager, entrepreneur, writer, teacher, administrator and pastor. Through this varied experience I have learned one thing. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21, ESV) Or as I like to say (endearingly) “Man plans but God laughs!” Its all for His glory and Romans 8:28 after all.
I have come to learn that repentance and belief, components of saving faith, are not only how by Grace we come into the family of God, but that they are the daily posture of God’s Children. Day-by-day, moment-by-moment we are called to repent and believe the Gospel. Watch part of my testimony below.
I call this site "Irreverent Reverend" because I feel wholly unworthy of the Call to the Ministry and completely inadequate to the task. I often find myself saying - "Really Lord? I'm a Pastor? You certainly do have a sense of humor." And yet, He uses me anyway, or perhaps because of this inadequacy. And He empowers me through it all. I pray I remember with the Apostle Paul, "For when I am weak, then I am strong (in Christ)." (2 Cor 12:10b)
I thank God for my wonderful wife Susan (the girl I wanted to be my high school sweetheart), my 3 teens and pre-teens – Adam, Ariel, and Asher. Oh yeah, and our dog Camo.
I thank God for His Ordinary Means of Grace (Word, Sacrament, and Prayer) by which he strengthens me.
I am grateful for the amazing privilege and opportunity of serving Christ’s bride at Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lexington, NC. The people at Meadowview bless me far more than I do them. Did I mention we serve an amazing God?
The views expressed on this site are mine personally, and through my conviction based on the Word of God to the best of my understanding. They are not meant to represent any organization or organizational view on a topic or issue.