Progress Wednesday and Thursday here in St. Petersburg consisted of our Russian brothers delivering short sermons which we would evaluate.  This year the sermons were outstanding.  I cannot overstate the degree of improvement in the sermons from 2009 until now. The reason they were so great is the men preached on one primary passage, took…

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Tuesday in St. Petersburg This was an excellent day of class.  Our teaching and discussion revealed that “the brothers” here are not only grasping concepts, but applying them.  Engle did great sharing his perspective on preaching as a congregant and elder.  The men had many questions for him about our church, and he answered very…

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First Day of Class We had a memorable first day of class. The Russian “brothers” have traveled far to be here. We spent the day reviewing the core concepts of expository preaching and discussing the challenges of preaching difficult texts. Engle even got to share some of his perspective as to what he would do…

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What We’re Doing We very much enjoyed worshipping at “Central Church” in St. Petersburg. The service was 2 hours long, and included my dad giving a greeting and myself preaching on John 1:1, along with another sermon, much singing, public repentance, a children’s song, and much prayer. We had a lunch of cabbage soup, buckwheat,…

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Off to Russia Lord willing, I am headed back to St. Petersburg, Russia on Friday.  I am very excited to return and once again participate in pastoral training with some Russian brothers in Christ. I am looking forward to seeing friends I made back in 2009, as well as making new ones.  I am also…

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Riding Shotgun at the Gospel Coalition NE Regional Conference By God’s grace I was able to attend the The Gospel Coaltition regional conference this past weekend with our Worship Director Mike Ruel.  I thought I would provide you with a brief summary of the conference so you can know some of what runs through my…

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