• 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 …

  • Understanding Scripture

    Posted Jan 1st, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Understanding Scripture

    The concept of the covenant is highly important for understanding Scripture.  It is the key to interpreting and appreciating the Scriptures. When we understand the covenants and what their purpose, design and functions are then it helps us understand what is happening in the big picture of the Bible. Covenants are often compared to marriage. …

  • Christmastide

    Posted Dec 25th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Christmastide

    What is the meaning of Christmas? That is, what is it that we highlight and celebrate during Christmastide—the twelve days between Christmas and Epiphany? We hear the annual refrain and exhortation to keep Christ in Christmas. But what does that mean? What about Christ are we keeping in Christmas? What is it about Christ that …

  • Advent, Part 4

    Posted Dec 18th, 2016 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Advent, Part 4

    The older I get the more I am amazed at how quickly time passes. Once again I can’t believe that Christmas is so close. But it has not always been like this for me. When I was a kid it seemed like Christmas was never going to come. The waiting and anxiety were almost painful. …

  • 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, …

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