• Know the Creeds, Confession, and Catechisms, Part 1

    Posted Mar 19th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Know the Creeds, Confession, and Catechisms, Part 1

    This morning we use the Apostles’ Creed as a means of confessing (Creed comes from the Latin credo meaning “I believe”) our faith in Christ. Sometimes the use of creeds and confessions and catechisms gives some folks pause. Why not just use the Bible? A fair question, for sure. Originally used as baptismal professions and …

  • The Great Diaglogue

    Posted Mar 12th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on The Great Diaglogue

    Liturgies are like excuses: Everybody’s got one. Simply put, liturgy is what people do when they worship. So no matter how much a church may insist that there is no liturgy, one will inevitably emerge. It has to be this way because, as James K.A. Smith has noted, we are liturgical animals. This is how …

  • Why We Believe What We Believe- Lent

    Posted Mar 3rd, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Why We Believe What We Believe- Lent

    You probably noticed the bulletins changed colors again. That is not an attempt to be stylish or even to mix things up. Rather, it reflects the changing of the church calendar. Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, the day when millions of Christians attend church and were reminded of their mortality—the dust that marks their foreheads …

  • Infant Baptism IS Baptism

    Posted Feb 26th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Infant Baptism IS Baptism

    If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times: so-called reformed Christians tripping over themselves with apology after apology about how poorly the reformed church does evangelism. Related to this is the tried and true self-deprecation: we need to see more adult baptisms. Perhaps the one that turns my stomach the …

  • Prayer – Ecclesiastes 11:1 – 12:8

    Posted Feb 12th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Prayer – Ecclesiastes 11:1 – 12:8

    Historically Christians have used set prayers to learn how to pray and to be guided in this most holy endeavor. Examples of this come from the Bible itself. Jesus famously gave the Lord’s prayer in response to the request of the disciples to teach them to pray. Christians have been following his lead ever since. …

  • Mark 5:13-16

    Posted Feb 3rd, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Mark 5:13-16

    When John the Baptist burst onto the scene he did so with a simple and alarming message: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mark and Luke call it the kingdom of God, Matthew the kingdom of heaven. All three refer to the same thing: the reign of God. That is, the fulfillment …

  • The Office of Deacon

    Posted Jan 29th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Office of Deacon

    This morning we are blessed as we receive three deacons into the ministry of our church. “The office of deacon is set forth in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church” (Book of Church Order). In the NT the ministry of deacons is presented alongside that of the elder/overseers (in Greek two words …

  • The Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

    Posted Jan 22nd, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on The Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

    I’m not a huge fan of certain segments of Christendom attempting arbitrarily to add dates to the church calendar. Usually the attempts represent pet doctrines and hobby horses representing small segments of the church which will likely be gone within a generation. Additionally, it is usually the case that such attempts are so culturally specific …

  • Ordinary Time

    Posted Jan 15th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on 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 8th, 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 …

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