Today we celebrated the life of Samson Charles Bidan. Here is the audio recording of my message I gave at the service. (To listen to the entire audio of the service, click here). To learn a little bit more about Samson, you can read my previous post about him and my response to the news of […]Read more "Hope in the Face of Tragedy"
Manuscript: What is God like? What comes to your mind when you think of Him? We Christians believe that God has revealed what He is like to us in His Word, the Bible. So when reading our Bibles, before we ask the question, “What is this telling me to do?” we should be asking, […]Read more "God’s Heart for Us (Ps. 103)"
I don’t rightly understand how to process the death of a friend. Death has always been like lightning to me; something powerful but always viewed from a distance. I’ve heard about lightning strike right next to people, but never seen it. Likewise, I’ve heard about people losing immediate family, spouses, or close friends, but […]Read more "Goodbye, Brother"
One night, a matter of a few hours, was all that separated Christ from the brutality of the Cross. The pain of His closest friends abandoning Him, the horror of the Father’s wrath towards sin. What did Jesus do to prepare Himself, to steel His courage for Good Friday? How did He emotionally and psychologically calm Himself […]Read more "When Unity Hurts the Church"
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better […]Read more "Fighting Sin by Seeing Rightly (Matt. 5:29-30)"
Two weeks ago my wife and I announced to our church that come this Fall, we would be leaving so that I could attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Last week we announced that we were also expecting our first child. Never a dull moment in the Sims house! We feel like we need […]Read more "Further Still"
You can listen to the sermon audio (titled “Parenting” on 6/19/16) here. Well, the irony that the only person on staff without children is the one teaching on parenting today is not lost on me. Don’t get me wrong, with how many children have been born in the last year, Hillary and I have had […]Read more "God’s Family: Parenting"