On Being Lonely

By scottsauls | July 27, 2021

Living in Nashville, also known as “Music City,” can create some unique opportunities. Every now and then, I get invited backstage at a concert venue. One evening, I was invited backstage at the Ryman Auditorium downtown. There, I met a successful artist who has several hit songs and travels worldwide, singing to sold-out, adoring crowds. […]

Compassion, Judgment, and the Insufficiency of “Progressive Christianity”

By scottsauls | July 19, 2021

In my sermon on July 18, 2021, I shared some thoughts on a movement within the church called “Progressive Christianity.” Among other doctrines, proponents of this movement have questioned the long-held belief, as quoted in the Apostles’ Creed, that Jesus “will come to judge the living and the dead.” Efforts have also been made to […]

Celebrating and Wishing More for the PCA

By scottsauls | July 10, 2021

Recently, the denomination with which Christ Presbyterian Church is affiliated, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), gathered for its annual “General Assembly.” This is the annual and largest gathering of the PCA’s local church pastors and elders, sent as delegates from their congregations. At the risk of sharing too much or too little, I simply […]

Sticks, Stones, and Words…Can Cut Me Deeply

By scottsauls | July 4, 2021

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Really? Speaking for myself, I relate more to this revised edition of the cliche: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, and words can cut me deeply.” Words are potent. Words change things. Words brought galaxies into being when “God said…and there […]

Angels With An Incredible Capacity For Beer

By scottsauls | July 3, 2021

For most honest Christians, becoming like Jesus Christ—or what Scripture calls sanctification—can be a supremely arduous, anticlimactic process. No matter how much better we become over time, no matter how much more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled we are this year compared to last year (Galatians 5:22-23), we never progress […]