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  • Reformation Sunday

    Posted Oct 12th, 2018 By in Uncategorized With | Comments Off on Reformation Sunday

    Four hundred years ago (1618-19) the National Synod gathered in the Dutch city of Dordrecht to resolve the dispute between the followers of Jacob Arminius—the Remonstrants—and the Dutch Reformed Churches. Their response has been called The Canons of Dort. Although not in the order we use today, it’s from their response to the Remonstrants errors …

  • Confession of Faith or Pledge of Allegiance?

    Posted Oct 12th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Confession of Faith or Pledge of Allegiance?

    The recent NFL controversy—which is spreading to other venues too—concerning the appropriate posture during the national anthem got my mind running in so many different directions. First, there is the liturgical path I went down. We are liturgical beings and therefore we need structure and order and routine. It’s just what we do. It’s who …

  • Communiity

    Posted Sep 29th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Communiity

    Every Sunday we gather for worship because we believe God will do exactly what He promised. He calls us together every week promising to cleanse us from our sins, speak to us in His word, hear our prayers and praises, feed us at His table, and send us out into the world under His blessing. …

  • The Wrath of God, Part 2

    Posted Sep 21st, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on The Wrath of God, Part 2

    To be sure, Romans 1:18-32 is about God’s wrath. Paul leads out with that in 1:18, connecting it to what has already been highlighted about God’s righteousness being extended in the gospel of Christ. The reason we desperately need God’s righteousness is because we are sorely lacking in the righteousness department and “because (for) wrath …

  • The Wrath of God

    Posted Sep 7th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on The Wrath of God

    In Romans 1:18 Paul moves on to the topic of the “wrath of God.” It’s a delicate topic, to say the least, and one that is often avoided at best and decried at worst; in the context of discussing the gospel and the message of Christianity it is often left out, deemed either irrelevant or …

  • Rootless Christianity

    Posted Aug 30th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Rootless Christianity

    There are many words students of Christianity have used to describe modern Evangelical Christianity, but few are better than the word rootless. Historically, theologically, and liturgically modern Evangelicalism lacks any type of mooring. And to most evangelicals that is not an insult or theological slur. In fact, in many circles it’s a badge of honor. …

  • Welcome!

    Posted Aug 8th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Welcome!

    Thousands of years ago, God called a man named Abram to leave his home, his country and his family and promised to bless him and bless all the families of the earth through him. That covenant promise has been fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the descendant of Abram, who forgives sins …

  • Sabbatical

    Posted May 11th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Sabbatical

    This morning, Pastor Tallman and his family will begin a time of extended leave, often which is referred to as a Sabbatical. Taking the pattern of creation as a guide and the practice of resting one day in seven, the Church in general, and our denomination (PCA) in particular, has determined it wise to encourage …

  • Internships

    Posted Apr 11th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Internships

    Last week I was out of the pulpit on study leave prepping for our new series on the book of Jonah. The usual details of my vocation—minus preaching—remained. One of those was meeting with a man entering seminary next fall about the particulars of internships and how they prepare ministers-to-be to become ministers. I couldn’t …

  • Eastertide

    Posted Apr 1st, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Eastertide

    By those within and outside the church, this Sunday is commonly designated Easter Sunday. While that designation is most certainly true it can also lead to an unfortunate reduction in the historic observance and celebration of Easter. Contemporary observances of Easter–both within and outside the church–often focus on just one Sunday designated Easter. Like with …

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