• Infant Baptism

    Posted Jul 11th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    This morning and last Lord’s day we have and had the privilege of welcoming covenant children into our number. You of course know infant baptism isn’t universally accepted. Infant baptism is usually the last doctrine to be embraced by those wrestling through Covenant Theology. (Reformed practice and understanding of the recipients of baptism and why …

  • Filioque Clause, Part 2

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

    My favorite songs are to and about the Holy Trinity. There is such a depth and richness to them. I think of Holy, Holy, Holy or Holy God We Praise Your Name or the Doxology we sing every week, or Gloria Patri – rich Trinitarian formulations of the One true God we worship and serve. …

  • Filioque – And the Son, Part 1

    Posted Jun 28th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    With the Nicene Creed we confess concerning the Holy Spirit that “we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son…” It all seems innocuous enough, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t believe that? What if I told you that it was the words at the end …

  • Presbyterianism, part 5

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

    Last week, all four of our pastors went to Houston for our annual General Assembly (GA). General Assembly is the worldwide gathering of our church and the place where we do denominational business. Much of the business is bureaucratic necessities that need no mention here. But there were a few items before us at the …

  • Trinity Sunday

    Posted Jun 13th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    My heart is heavy about this Sunday. Across America Christians will gather for worship and be met with motorcycles and hot rods. They will honor fathers and hear sermons about something related to Father’s Day. In a word, for many Christians across America today will be a day in which the worship of God is …

  • Presbyterianism, Part 4

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

    Thus far we have surveyed the three major forms of church polity other than our own: Erastianism, Congregationalism, Episcopalianism. Erastianism and Episcopalianism represented a hierarchical approach to church polity, with the authority of the local church residing somewhere outside of itself. Congregationalism, on the other hand, vests the local church with all and absolute authority, …

  • Presbyterianism, Part 3

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

    Polis. It’s the Greek word for city. You’ve seen it in English before, in words like metropolis. It’s from this word that we also derive our English word, polity. When applied to the church, polity refers to the structure and governance of the church. We have been surveying the landscape of church polity with an …

  • Presbyterianism, Part 2

    Posted May 22nd, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    As we noted last week, there have been four historical approaches to the polity, or the government of Christ’s church: Erastianism, Congregationalism, Episcopacy, and Presbyterianism. Last week we surveyed Erastianism, the form of Church government wherein authority over the church resides with the state. This week we turn our attention to Congregationalism. Congregationalism is the …

  • The Gift of Love

    Posted May 9th, 2014 By in Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    “Amare Deum, Dei donum est” said St. Augustine. To love God, is a gift of God. Day by day, there is one thing we know we are called to do, and that is to love God; to love God in our work, in our parenting, in our relationships with our spouses. Sadly, we also know …

  • “The Third Day He Arose from the Dead…”

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

    Christ’s humiliation was intense.  He was born under the law (Gal. 4:4), suffered the death of the wicked, bore the wrath of God, had no place to be buried, and was laid in a grave for three days while death seemingly had the victory and the last word.  However, as great as his humiliation was, …

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