Associate Pastor Resident
Dan is originally from South Jersey before he attended Penn State, earning a marketing degree. During his time as a student and while serving in campus ministry Dan felt called to help people follow Jesus for a lifetime in the local church. So in 2015 Dan moved back to the Philadelphia area where he joined Citylight Center City and completed his Master of Divinity degree at Cairn University. Dan and his wife Allison live in Upper Darby. In their free time they enjoy being down the shore while Dan always finds time to avidly follow Philadelphia and Penn State sports.
When Jesus turns water into wine at the wedding in Cana is not simply demonstrating his great power. Rather, Jesus’s first sign shows us that as he ushers in a better age on his terms, for his glory, he will one day make all things new.
John, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, by Andreas Kostenberger
The First of Jesus’ Signs, from Ligonier Ministries
Why did Jesus make so much wine? by Erik Raymond
Christians are called to obey and submit to the faithful pastors of their church that the Lord has placed over them. We do this because our pastors are called to keep watch over our souls. And as members of a local church we should make shepherding us a joyful experience for our leaders.
Love Your Church by Tony Merida
Hebrews for You by Michael J. Kruger
Hebrews 9-13 (Word Biblical Commentary) by William L. Lane
Shepherding the Flock by RC Sproul
The Psalmist looks around and finds that the faithful seem to have vanished, the fake, empty words of the world seem to be prevailing. But the Lord hears the Psalmist’s cry and responds. The Words of the Lord are pure, enduring forever. The promises of the Lord, including that he will preserve the godly to the end, are certain.
Pslams 1-72 (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) by Derek Kidner
Commentary on the Psalms by John Calvin
Near the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, as recorded in Matthew 5, Jesus describes the life of the Christian, the one who lives according for the kingdom of Heaven as salt and light. But, followers of Christ are not to live their lives for their own glory, but in order that others might glorify God as a result of their lives.
The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Commentary on the New Testament), by RT France
Matthew: An Expositional Commentary by RC Sproul
ESV Study Bible
A church that lasts is grounded in the truth of the gospel. There are three reasons from this passage that tell us why we ought to be grounded in the truth: the truth accords with godliness, the truth is an eternally true promise, and the truth makes us a family.
The Letters to Timothy and Titus, the Pillar New Testament Commentary, by Robert Yarbrough
The Letters to Timothy and Titus, the New International Commentary on the New Testament, by Phillip Towner
Titus for You, by Tim Chester
After confessing their sins, the people recovenant and take an oath to uphold all of God’s law. In today’s passage we learn about the essence, specifics, and fruit of recovenanting.
The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) by F. Charles Fensham
Ezra and Nehemiah (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) by Derek Kidner
Galatians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary) by Thomas Schreiner
Why a Church Covenant? by John Piper
The poor Jews bring legitimate concerns to Nehemiah: they are being oppressed by their wealthy Jewish brothers. To handle this internal conflict, Nehemiah confronts the sin among the people leading them to repentance. Nehemiah also works to prevent internal conflict by being a generous government official. All of this is done though, through the focus of reverence for the Lord. Nehemiah knows that the people of God cannot be effective in their mission unless internal conflict is repaired.
Ezra and Nehemiah, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries by Derek Kidner
Remember the humility of Christ for you and me – fully God he laid down his place in glory to rescue us. He came as a man to serve and was humbly obedient to the point of death. And God exalted him; Jesus reigns forever as the king of Glory!
Exalting Jesus in Philippians, by Tony Merida and David Platt
In 1 Corinthians 13:5 we read that love “does not insist on its own way.” Said another way, love does not seek its own advantage. This truth can be easier to state than live by because the sin of selfishness is deep rooted in our hearts. We are all prone to put our happiness, our comfort, ourselves on the throne of our lives rather Christ. When Christ is properly seated on the throne of our lives we become more concerned with seeing Christ glorified than ourselves.
Charity and Its Fruits – Jonathan Edwards
The First Epistle to the Corinthians – Anthony Thiselton
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Paul is not merely describing love, but he is using verbs to show that love is defined by how it is put into practice. This week, we see that when Paul writes that love is patient and kind he is say, love responds with patience and love extends kindness.
Charity and It’s Fruits – Jonathan Edwards
1 Corinthians – David Garland
The First Epistle to the Corinthians – Anthony Thiselton
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Hosea 11:7-9 reveal to us that despite their sin, God is compassionate towards his people. While they are bent towards turning away from the Lord, the heart of God is bent towards compassion towards his people not wrath.
In the face of opposition the gospel prevails through prayer, through power, and through growth.
Exalting Jesus in Acts, Tony Merida
The unexpected conversion of Saul reveals the awe-inspiring power of God in conversion. The passage illustrates this by revealing that God saves, God uses people, and God adopts.
Obey God rather than men because God is more powerful, God is for you, and God gives joy. As Christians we must obey God’s command to be bold with our gospel proclamation.
Ajay Thomas, sermon at Seven Mile Road, Prison & Preaching.
Lasting joy cannot be found in the pursuit of pleasure without God, the pursuit of wisdom without God, or the pursuit of toil without God. True lasting joy is found only in living a God-centered life.
We are called to remove the sin within us because our sin affects our relationship with God, our devotion belongs to God, and God’s holiness demands us to do so.
Joshua (Word Biblical Commentary) by Trent C. Butler
Joshua: People of God’s Purpose (Preaching the Word) by David Jackman
The Lost World of Israelite Conquest by John H. Walton and J. Harvey Walton
When we lack control of our tempers we act foolishly. However we can act wisely and control our anger by humbling ourselves before Christ; the one that took on the wrath that we deserved.
The Book of Proverbs (ch. 1-15), (ch. 16-31), Bruce Waltke
Civility in the Public Square, Timothy Keller
All of us have been gifted by God. Yet, we often miss use these gifts when we choose not to serve others because of the cost to us or because we do not think we have much to offer. In this sermon we explore the joy God’s purpose for our Spiritual Gifts offers us.
Discerning and Exercising Spiritual Gifts, Timothy Keller
1 Corinthians, David E. Garland
The First Epistle to the Corinthians, Gordon Fee