Posts by Ron Tippens

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How Great is Our God

by Ron Tippens J.B. Phillips – the great N.T. Scholar stated it powerfully to many in the Church of his era… “YOUR GOD IS TOO SMALL!” I find myself so often just in that place: making God over in my own image. God however cannot be put in a box. God is always greater than our language […]

A ‘Sent’ and A ‘Scent’ People

by Ron Tippens

Our church truly wants to reach new people – to share the Good News with them and to welcome them into the fellowship of the church. We truly want to attract unbelievers – to be attractive as a church to them. How do we do that? Is it develop programs, services and events? These things […]

Stop Bullying!

by Ron Tippens

He is my great nephew. He is bright, athletic and gifted. He recently graduated with high distinction from Chapel Hill and plans to enroll at Columbia Medical School in New York. He is gay. He is a Christian. During his senior year in high school he was bullied by his “church” in a criminal manner. […]

Go Tell It On The Mountain!

by Ron Tippens

  She sang it with all of her heart – four year old Christabelle – at Black Mountain Presbyterian Church’s Weekday School Christmas program… Go, Tell It On the Mountain That Jesus Christ Is Born! With sheer joy she sang it and I am so thankful for the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church loving the Gospel […]

O Magnum Mysterium

by Ron Tippens O Magnum Mysterium O great mystery And wonderful sacrament, That animals should see The new born Lord Lying in a manger! O blessed is The Virgin, Whose womb bore Christ the Lord. Alleluia!   As Luke tells the story of the nativity, he shows contrast between the worldly power of Caesar and the apparent […]

I’m With Her (Pastor Irene that is)

by Ron Tippens

Some folk are saying…do you agree…? That in the American church the worship of God has been reinterpreted as an activity for religious consumers That too often worship is seen as a public-relations campaign with entertainment, cheerleading and manipulation That worship too often has been cheapened into a commodity marketed by using tried and true […]

When Trouble Comes

by Ron Tippens

There are few Christian leaders I regard more highly than Dr. Philip Ryken – president of Wheaton College. The courage he showed when speaking of a “very dark night of his soul” resonated with me so very much. I share his comments with you for as Dr. Ryken said – this could be an encouragement […]

77 Sunset Strip ~ NOT!

by Ron Tippens

“You cannot love neighbor unless you have physical proximity to neighbor.” Lawndale in Chicago is one of the most difficult neighborhoods in our entire nation. I visited there recently with Christ-followers who felt called to this neighborhood and have lived there for thirty years. They worship in a renovated car dealership building where Al Capone […]

The Culture: Hope. Restored.

by Ron Tippens

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be […]

Epidemic of Envy

by Ron Tippens

Our church family recently concluded its spring study on the book of Galatians. Simply put this book is GREAT. The discussion during the small groups and Pastor Aaron’s beginning and wrap-up sessions were very helpful and though provoking. The last chapter of Galatians instructed us with these words… “Make a careful exploration of who you […]