• The Glory of Regeneratin and Adoption

    Posted Jan 31st, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Our passage this morning describes Jesus’ religious detractors as slaves to sin and sons of the devil! Yowzers! That’s one way to get people’s attention. But don’t forget. These aren’t just any people. These are people who never tire telling the world that they are free from sin and that they have Abraham (and by …

  • Hospitality

    Posted Jan 24th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    “Worship is a space of welcome because we are, at root, relational creatures called into relationship with the Creator, in order to flourish as a people who bear his image to and for the world. In response to God’s welcome, we practice hospitality in worship, which is practice for extending hospitality beyond it.” ~ J.K. …

  • Theological Training of Pastors Worldwide is not just an Academic Exercise

    Posted Jan 17th, 2014 By in Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

      “Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy.” (Isa 61:7) How do pastors interpret Isa 61:7? What is the lens through which they preach? Karl Dahlfred, OMF missionary …

  • The Case for the Psalms

    Posted Jan 9th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    John Calvin is remembered for a lot of things, by friend and foe alike. Love him or hate him, his prominence during the protestant reformation has forever etched out a place in the history books. When it comes to Calvin’s legacy, it seems to me that popular perception is different than scholarly perception. I could …

  • The Persecuted Church: 2x More Martyrs in 2013 than 2012

    Posted Jan 9th, 2014 By in Missions News Blog With | No Comments

    According to Open Doors (http://www.opendoorsusa.org/), the number of martyrs has more than doubled in the past year, with killings of Christians in Syria “accounting for more than the whole global total in 2012.” From the Reuters summary of the report: Reported cases of Christians killed for their faith around the world doubled in 2013 from …

  • Happy New Year

    Posted Jan 5th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | No Comments

    Hello Cadet Parents! We resume cadet meetings this Wednesday, January 8. Pinewood Derby season is starting and we look forward to a great season. We are hosting the Council derby this year on March 29. Our church/club will be responsible for set-up and take-down for the event as well as supplying and staffing the snack …

  • The Meaning of Christmas, part 2

    Posted Jan 3rd, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    In our culture “the Christmas Season” begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through December 25th; then it’s over. But even among our cultural observances of Christmas there are little things here and there that demonstrate that we are doing it backwards. Consider, for example, the song by many during Christmas. “On the first day …

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