• Why We Do What We Do- Ordinary Time

    Posted Jan 13th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Why We Do What We Do- Ordinary Time

    You perhaps noticed that the bulletins changed colors last week from the gold of Christmastide to the familiar green of ordinary time. While some regard the brief period beginning with Epiphany and ending with the Feast of the Presentation on February 2 as Epiphanytide, most, however, see the Sunday after Epiphany as being part of …

  • Epiphany

    Posted Jan 6th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Epiphany

    Last Friday was Epiphany and it is celebrated by many churches today. Epiphany is a loanword from Greek. It is used several times in the NT and it means appearance. It was used outside of the NT to refer to a manifestation of the gods. So appearance, manifestation, and revelation are all good words to …

  • Advent, Part 3

    Posted Dec 11th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Advent, Part 3

    We have 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 this, …

  • Advent, Part 2

    Posted Dec 4th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Advent, Part 2

    Living in a post-Christian world means that often our cultural calendars are in conflict with the church calendar. One such example of this happens every year after Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving most Americans begin to celebrate Christmas or the Christmas season as it is often called. You hear familiar carols in the mall, sales and advertising …

  • Christmas Eve

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  • Advent

    Posted Nov 26th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Advent

    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 …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 31

    Posted Nov 18th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 31

    Last week we finished reading through the book of Hebrews. Toward the end, in the last couple of verses of Hebrews 12, a serious note is struck: let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire (12:28b-29). The writer’s statement shines a spotlight on the seriousness …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 30

    Posted Nov 13th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 30

    The book of Hebrews is full of what interpreters often refer to as warning passages. Warning passage is a technical phrase that refers to a strong warning sometimes found in the Bible directed toward God’s people to keep them squarely on the path of faith. For example, consider the one in 3:12: Take care, brothers, …

  • Read through the Bible, Part 29

    Posted Nov 6th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Read through the Bible 2016 With | Comments Off on Read through the Bible, Part 29

    Our year is coming to a close and so is our reading of the Bible. In the New Testament we have finished our reading of Paul’s letters and have begun the catholic epistles, the first of which is the book of Hebrews. Hebrews is an anonymous book. For whatever reason no name was attached to …

  • Reformation Day

    Posted Oct 13th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Reformation Day
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