• Westminster Shorter Catechism, Week 4

    Posted Jan 23rd, 2015 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | No Comments

    Q.7 What are the decrees of God? A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass. Q.8 How does God execute his decrees? A. God executes his decrees in the works of creation and providence. Exposition …

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Part 2

    Posted Jan 21st, 2015 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach? A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man. Q. 4. What is God? A. God is a spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth. Exposition Question 3 presents …

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Part 3

    Posted Jan 21st, 2015 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one? A. There is but one only, the living and true God. Q. 6. How many persons are there in the godhead? A. There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, …

  • Westminster Shorter Catechism, Part 1

    Posted Jan 3rd, 2015 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | 1 Comment

    The year of the catechism. That’s what I’m calling it, at least. When our forefathers sought to teach new converts and children about their newly embraced faith they did so by means of catechesis. That is, they taught their pupils having them memorize a series of questions and answers. Calvin did this. Luther did this. …

  • Advent, part 4

    Posted Dec 19th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    The older I get the more I am amazed at how quickly time passes. Once again I can’t believe that Christmas is so close. But it has not always been like this for me. When I was a kid it seemed like Christmas was never going to come. The waiting and anxiety were almost painful. …

  • Advent, Part 3

    Posted Dec 12th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Last week we considered the way that our cultural calendars are often at odds with the church calendar and how this is especially the case during Advent. And it is especially the case when we consider the theme of Advent which is repentance and preparation. Laurence Stookey calls it a “little lent.” In support of …

  • Advent, part 1

    Posted Nov 26th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Happy New Year! This is the first Sunday in Advent, which is regarded by Western Christianity as the beginning of the liturgical year. Sometimes Christians mistakenly think of Advent as being synonymous with the birth of Christ or with Christmas. But it really isn’t. In fact, Advent’s primary focus is on what we usually call …

  • The Eucharist

    Posted Nov 21st, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Even for Paul there was mystery in the Christian faith, especially when it came to the work of Christ on behalf of his church. Speaking in the context of marriage he would say, this mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church (Eph. 5:32). The preface to his …

  • Children’s Church

    Posted Nov 7th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Sometimes it is surprising to visitors, especially those who are on pilgrimage from broadly evangelical churches, when they find that we include our children in the worship service and encourage full participation. More and more the church is becoming segregated, no longer by race but now by age. Adults go here, middle schoolers there, high …

  • Ordinary, part 3 “The Young and the Restless”

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

    I once had an intern who was über talented, personable, sharp, loved people and the lost. His problem, though, was that he couldn’t stay put. He constantly hopped from one ministry to the next; from one church to the next; from one city to the next. I thought I could fix it. I didn’t. Since …

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