• Advent is Advent

    Posted Dec 6th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Advent is Advent

    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 …

  • Advent, Part 1

    Posted Nov 30th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Advent, Part 1

    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, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Eucharist

    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 …

  • Justification, Part 2

    Posted Nov 16th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Justification, Part 2

    You’ve heard it said before — especially those of you who cut your theological teeth on the Scofield Reference Bible — that in the New Testament God saves sinners by grace but in the Old Testament salvation is by works. Ironically, there is some truth to that. Just keep reading for a line or two …

  • Justification

    Posted Nov 9th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Justification

    With the Reformation fresh in our minds I thought it would be good for us to consider a crucial element of the Reformation, namely the doctrine of justification. We will use Buchanan’s The Doctrine of Justification as our guide if you would like to follow/read along. Justification is an act of God’s free grace, wherein he pardons …

  • The Reformation Service

    Posted Nov 5th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Reformation Service

    This week we raise and hopefully answer the question: Why do we pause to remember the Protestant Reformation each year?  Let me suggest three reasons why.  First, we do so to emphasize our catholicity.  To answer the question like that is somewhat ironic because historically the Reformation was the watershed event that severed the Protestants …

  • What’s Your Name?

    Posted Oct 18th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on What’s Your Name?

    It’s a very old practice for the minister to ask parents or sponsors bringing an infant to be baptized what the child’s name is. Specifically, “What is the Christian name of this child?” To us modern westerners it sounds strange. Is the minister that disconnected that he doesn’t even know the child’s name? We tend …

  • Confession of Faith or Pledge of Allegiance?

    Posted Oct 12th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Confession of Faith or Pledge of Allegiance?

    The recent NFL controversy—which is spreading to other venues too—concerning the appropriate posture during the national anthem got my mind running in so many different directions. First, there is the liturgical path I went down. We are liturgical beings and therefore we need structure and order and routine. It’s just what we do. It’s who …

  • Communiity

    Posted Sep 29th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Communiity

    Every Sunday we gather for worship because we believe God will do exactly what He promised. He calls us together every week promising to cleanse us from our sins, speak to us in His word, hear our prayers and praises, feed us at His table, and send us out into the world under His blessing. …

  • The Wrath of God, Part 2

    Posted Sep 21st, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on The Wrath of God, Part 2

    To be sure, Romans 1:18-32 is about God’s wrath. Paul leads out with that in 1:18, connecting it to what has already been highlighted about God’s righteousness being extended in the gospel of Christ. The reason we desperately need God’s righteousness is because we are sorely lacking in the righteousness department and “because (for) wrath …

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