Honoring the Joy and Grief of Mother’s Day

Honoring the Joy and Grief of Mother’s Day

  Mother’s Day used to be much simpler to me. I had a wonderful mom and I truly enjoyed the chance to pause, remember all the ways she loved and cared for me, and tell her I was thankful. But two years ago I lost my beloved mom to suicide, and the Mother’s Day...
A Prayer for Good Friday

A Prayer for Good Friday

  From the Devotional: The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions MY FATHER, Enlarge my heart, warm my affections, open my lips, supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’ There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy...
The Cost of Following Christ

The Cost of Following Christ

  This is a guest post by Zack Chatterton. Zack is a good friend of Pastor Ryan. They served in ministry together in Phoenix, AZ. Zack currently serves as a volunteer leader at Phoenix Bible Church and is an Adjunct Instructor of Christian Ministries at Arizona...
The Grace to Live

The Grace to Live

  At Redeemer, we recently finished a three-week study on the doctrine of sanctification. Sanctification is the formal theological word which describes the immediate act of a Christian being made holy through the forgiveness of sins and the transfer of Christ’s...
Difficult Teachings of Jesus

Difficult Teachings of Jesus

  Some of the things that Jesus said are hard. How many of us have come across some chunk of red letters in the gospels and discovered something that we either didn’t understand, or didn’t want to understand? We have company. Even a cursory reading of the gospels...
Marriage and the Gospel

Marriage and the Gospel

  My husband (Tom) and I just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary this past month. It is a beautiful milestone and an incredible evidence of God’s grace and mercy to us, and to our children and grandchildren. We both came from families plagued by alcoholism...