DOWNLOADS (AND OTHER HELPFUL STUFF) FROM THE PASTOR
…you’ll find a bunch of resources I put together.
I’ve created them to support studies, blogs, Sunday messages, home devotions… that sort of thing.
I hope that having them all in one place will make it easier for all of us—a single hub where we know we can find the downloads I refer to.
This pdf document is a text version of a Sunday teaching series I led at Westminster in September 2017: “Does God Even Exist? – The 1 Question That Changes Everything.”
This 1-page pdf document gives some background about the church’s decision to include children in the Sacrament of Communion, and also provides some help for explaining the meaning.
This document is based on my sermon from April 8, 2018 at Westminster. In it I respond to 4 of the most popular conspiracy theories which try to undermine the resurrection, and present some other arguments which bolster the credibility of the resurrection stories.
This document summarizes 17 of the most popular questions which come up during discussions around the reliability of the Bible. It was produced in tandem with pastor Ruttan’s message on January 15, 2017 called “Confident Convictions” as a part of the “Peachy” series at Westminster Church.
Document: 2017 01 Is the Bible reliable – pdf
This 2-page document summarizes 10 spiritual disciplines help you seek and see God in your life. A “spiritual discipline” is something you do to experience greater freedom; to receive God’s goodness; to examine and transform your inner self; and to develop greater communion with God. That’s huge! Spiritual disciplines are not just for “spiritual giants,” but for everyday, normal people like us. And they are best practiced in the midst of day-to-day life.
Document: 2016 03 04 spiritual disciplines handout
Presbyterian churches are overseen by elders. So in this sense “elder” doesn’t refer to one’s age, but to a recognized position of leadership. But who are they? What do they do? To answer these questions I put together a little brochure. You can get a hard copy at the church, or you can download one below. I hope it helps.
How do you know when the Holy Spirit is at work? The great theologian Jonathan Edwards wondered the same thing. In this 1-pager, I bring together and summarize 5 of his insights.
Document: Holy Spirit – Edwards – 2015 10
Everything Jesus Ever Said in 90 Days. This 1-page .pdf document takes you on a three-month devotional reading schedule through everything Jesus ever taught. The reading is about 5 minutes a day (or less).
Document: 2015 09 M Ruttan Red Letter Focus
During my message on September 27th, I referenced a handout that highlighted the “fruit of the Spirit” (listed by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5). I also highlighted some insights about the fruit metaphor by Timothy Keller. Here it is.
This short document was put together for the church’s LIFT group one evening. It includes some helpful things to keep in mind when answering our kids’ tough questions.
This 1-pager is to help you know where to start when you read the Bible. At first, the task can seem daunting. So this will help you know where to start, and even offers some advice about which translation to pick up.
This 1-pager is packed full of God’s commands that are good to keep top of mind! (Otherwise, we’ll steer off the road.) I’ve put them here in one place.
I prepared this after Easter Sunday 2015. The resurrection is the ground zero of the Christian faith. It dwarfs ALL other stories in the Gospel. So wouldn’t it be great if we felt more confident in whether or not the Bible was a reliable record of it? Yup.
These are two of the most globally accepted statements of the historic Christian faith.
A lot of people spend time with the Lord’s Prayer. But why is the version most of us say not what is in the Bible?
This was created to help people understand a little bit more about the authority of the Bible, and about how to interpret it. This is about 10 pages but covers some important background.
I put this together so people could tuck it in the front of their Bibles as a quick, high-level reference when reading through. Hopefully it helps.