Posts by David Jacobson

Posts by David Jacobson

Growing Up

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” (2 Peter 3:18) “we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15) My last semester in seminary, I took a class on “Creation.” For a whole semester we studied not…

Alpha: Good News for the World

“What is too good about Jesus not to share?” That was among the first questions that my professor asked our evangelism class in seminary. Some students were quick to answer. Others had trouble articulating an answer. The professor, Mark Teasdale, went on to point out, “Only when we offer the good news of Jesus Christ as that which has touched and…

Revival

Perhaps you remember a time (maybe in the not-too-distant past) when the church would have a “revival”– a series of services with a focus on preaching and evangelism. Many churches still do this. In fact, I am taking part in such an event this month at one of our sister churches in the Baltimore-Metropolitan district. There is, however, another deeper…

How was your trip?

On June 3, twenty people from five Baltimore area churches traveled to the province of San Pedro de Macorís in the Dominican Republic to spend 6 days together with Dominican Christians in mission. Lansdowne UMC was represented by myself, as well as Greg and Kathy Brown. With the hope of providing a more full presentation later in the summer, I’d like to offer a few…

Pentecost Still Happens

On the 50th day that Jesus was alive as the risen Christ, the disciples were all gathered in one place. There was a great noise, and they saw tongues of fire coming to rest on them. Then “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability” (Acts 2:4). From this point on, the church witnesses boldly to Jesus…

An Invitation to the Old Testament

A number of us journeyed together during Lent to read the entire New Testament in 40 days. More of us read the whole Gospel of John. Those who did this (and who told me they did it) universally found their reading eye-opening. I’m so pleased that many of you decided to add this practice to your Lenten disciplines. If we really want to know God, we have to know the…

Bible Reading Plans for Lent (2017)

New readings every Monday through Saturday. Sunday is a “catch-up” day. The Gospel of John in 40 Days (~5 min/day) March 1:    John 1:1–18 March 2:    John 1:19–42 March 3:    John 1:43–2:12 March 4:    John 2:13–25 March 6:    John 3:1–30 March 7:    John 3:31–4:15 March 8:    John 4:16–42 March 9:    John 4:43–54 March 10:    John 5:1–18 March 11:    John 5:19–47 March…
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