Holy Week Posts

In 2020 and 2021 I wrote a series of Holy Week posts for each day of the week. As we enter into Holy Week 2022, I thought I might share them again. The intent is for them to be used as devotional readings for each day of the week.

You can click the links below for each daily post. I hope you enjoy and are blessed!

“Is Justification Relevant to Youth Ministry?” An Interview with Modern Reformation

Recently, I was interviewed by the folks at Modern Reformation about my new book on Justification and the doctrine’s significance for youth ministry and reaching the next generation with the gospel of Jesus.

Here’s a key quote from the interview: “We can only offer our youth the gospel rest of being justified in Christ if we ourselves are experiencing and demonstrating it.”

Click the link below to read the interview. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

Podcast Interview with CPYU

Recently, I sat down with Kyle, Linda, and Matt with the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding (CPYU) to talk about my new book on Justification on their podcast The Word in Youth Ministry.

Here’s the episode summary: “Youth pastor and author Greg Meyer joins Kyle, Linda, and Matt to talk about his book A Student’s Guide to Justification. Greg helps us understand his heart for writing the book, and why it’s an important topic that we must teach our students. He offers suggestions on how to approach teaching justification and uses a great personal illustration.”

Click the link below to listen to the episode and to check out the show notes. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

Our Teenagers Are Longing for Jesus

I wrote this article for Rooted as part of their series of posts through the book of 1 Peter leading up to their national conference in October. This year’s theme is: “Living Hope: A Walk Through 1 Peter.”

Here’s the lead-in: “Whether they realize it or not, the teenagers we love are aching for Jesus and his consoling presence.”

Sermon: “Known by Jesus”

This past weekend I had the opportunity to serve as the speaker and preacher for Disciple Now (DNOW) weekend at First Presbyterian Church — Rome, GA (EPC). DNOW’s are evangelistically-oriented youth conferences, where students are encouraged to invite their unbelieving and unchurched friends. It was encouraging to see how not only the youth group at FPC Rome got into this, but also to see the entire church body and community invested and supportive across the generations.

The theme of the weekend was “Known” and the doctrine of election (the teaching that God plans and accomplishes our salvation) through several sessions, which culminated in the Sunday morning sermon on John 10:22-30. It was an honor and privilege to share God’s Word with this vibrant church and community!

Click the link below to watch and listen to the sermon!

“Known by Jesus” | John 10:22-30 | 2/27/22

Podcast Interview with Rooted Ministry

A couple weeks ago I sat down with Davis Lacey (a fellow Mercer Bear!) and the Rooted Ministry crew to talk about my new book on Justification on their Rooted Youth Ministry podcast. As they say in the show notes, we also had the chance to “discuss the Track series of resources (published through a collaboration between Christian Focus and Reformed Youth Ministries), the implications that the doctrine of justification holds for the teenage experience, and the ways in which A Student’s Guide to Justification equips youth workers to explain that doctrine to teenagers.”

Click the link below to listen to the episode. I hope you enjoy the conversation!

Podcast Interview with RYM

Recently I had the opportunity to talk about my new book on Justification on Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM)’s podcast “The Local Youth Worker.” The portion with my interview starts at the 19:43 minute mark of the episode, but the whole thing is worth listening to!

You can stream or download the episode below!

Top Ten Books on Justification

As part of promoting my new book on Justification, Reformed Youth Ministries (RYM) asked me for my top ten list of books on the doctrine of Justification. My book is intended to be an introduction to the topic, so these are couple other places to go if you want to dig deeper. That’s the beauty of the gospel, there’s so much more depth and breadth to explore and enjoy as we continue in the Christian life!

You can read and download the Top Ten List below!

The Gift of People with Down Syndrome

I want to share with you a fantastic article entitled “The Gift of People with Down Syndrome” written by Stephanie O. Hubach in byFaith magazine (our denomination’s magazine).

We’ve just begun walking this road with our daughter Henley (who has Down Syndrome) and have already been taught so much. She is such a gift from God displaying His glorious image along with all other people with exceptionalities! I’m proud that byFaith featured this article in their latest edition.

In addition to containing some convicting and encouraging theological reflection, this article is a helpful introduction to Down Syndrome if you’re unfamiliar with it or want to learn more.

Thanks again Stephanie and byFaith!

A Year In Review [New Poem]

A year in review
Peer at heart’s blood spilt
Strokes and smudges prove
Inky aches, grief, guilt

Pen pressed to paper
A soul’s life pressed bleeds
Self-reliant nat're
Dies, new life receives

Deadly peril kills,
Makes dead, despairing
Of life’s turning thrills;
No more even caring

And thus delivered
Up, deceased, seeking
Hope and Source tendered,
Rebuke to all fleeting

Comforts div’rced from Him,
Raiser of the dead
Soul, review again,
Surety, Christ who also bled

I started writing this poem after reading through my journal from 2021 at the close of the year. It was a difficult year in many ways! But as I reflected on the things I had written, I was reminded of the following passage from 2 Corinthians:

 8  For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. 10 He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. 

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

God is up to good even (and especially) in our moments of affliction, weakness, being burdened, and despairing. His eyes are resolutely set on our deliverance and demonstrating again and again to us that the only true hope is not in ourselves but in the resurrected and resurrecting One — Jesus Christ. Past deliverance fosters our hope in future deliverance — a purified hope seeking the Source Himself. Indeed, it is a pleasing pain when it leads to dependence on God instead of self-reliance. This is the place of joy, peace, and contentment (see Psalm 131).

Death may loom, but the light of new life breaks through in the exact moments and places of despair. He will deliver us again!

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