• 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 …

  • Ordinary, Part 2

    Posted Oct 18th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    I’ve never seen it in person, but even by looking at it in pictures it is almost unbelievable. It is Germany’s most visited site, averaging almost 20,000 people per day. Construction on the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 but was halted in 1473. Construction started again in the nineteenth century and was finally finished by …

  • Hospitality

    Posted Oct 11th, 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. …

  • Knowing God

    Posted Oct 4th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Narrowly defined, theology is the study of God. Generally, though, theology is defined more broadly, relating to God and Christ, creation and new creation, redemption and reconciliation, and everything in between. As Herman Bavinck says, “So then the knowledge of God is the only dogma, the exclusive content, of the entire field of dogmatics. All …

  • Doubting Thomas and Hard Questions

    Posted Sep 20th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    That ancient triad of human learning—the trivium—tries to capture the stages we go through in our human development. First, there is the grammar stage. This is the place where we learn jargon and facts. If we were to apply it to the Bible, this is where we learn the books of the Bible and what …

  • The Scandal of the Resurrection

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

    Former Westminster Philadelphia Old Testament professor Peter Enns has released a new book about Scripture, a book that pushes the envelope more than his first book which led to his ousting from the conservative reformed seminary. His first book, Inspiration and Incarnation was decidedly more academic. His most recent word, The Bible Tells Me So…Why …

  • Jesus’ Resurrection

    Posted Sep 7th, 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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