• Reformation 500 – Sola Gratia

    Posted Oct 18th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Reformation 500 – Sola Gratia

    More than anything, the Reformation began as a soteriological struggle. Medieval Christianity had degenerated so much that the gospel had become a demand to make oneself acceptable to God by improving on the infused grace received in baptism and the Lord’s supper (see Vanhoozer, Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of …

  • Reformation 500 – Sola Scriptura

    Posted Oct 13th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Reformation 500 – Sola Scriptura

    All religions have authoritative texts and persons to whom they look for direction and guidance. This is sometimes called the formal principle of religion. As we have noted recently in our Sunday school class, the formal principle of Orthodoxy is the Bible and sacred tradition. In Catholicism it’s the Bible and tradition and the pope …

  • Reformation 500

    Posted Oct 6th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | Comments Off on Reformation 500

    October is the month that Protestants usually celebrate and remember the Protestant Reformation. Although political, economic, and theological controversies were already churning beneath the surface, the date of the Reformation is usually linked with Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 Theses on the churches in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. These 95 Theses come in …

  • Confession of Faith or Pledge of Allegiance?

    Posted Sep 29th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe 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 …

  • Community

    Posted Sep 22nd, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Community

    In his book, The Good and Beautiful Community: Following the Spirit, Extending Grace, Demonstrating Love, James Bryan Smith explores what it looks like to follow Jesus in the context of community of faith. He explores at least eight aspects of our communal life as Christians and the import and impact of that on our growth …

  • “The Amen”

    Posted Sep 15th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on “The Amen”

    And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo! his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him. Those, of …

  • What Is Happening to the Evening Service?

    Posted Sep 10th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on What Is Happening to the Evening Service?

    Our family made plans to visit a friend out of town and in the planning process we told them we had church on Sunday night. They were not expecting that Christians went to church twice in a day. That turned into a conversation about the Lord’s Day and the Christian’s duty on that day. This …

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    In Book 2 of Mere Christianity, Lewis moves from the more general and basic topic of natural law that testifies to the existence of God to more specific core issues that relate to Christianity as a whole—that is, he moves to what all Christians believe. Those of you who know anything about the history of …

  • Mere Christianity, Part 1

    Posted Aug 20th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | Comments Off on Mere Christianity, Part 1

    When C.S. Lewis took to the air waves to deliver what would become his well-known, Mere Christianity, he did so in a very intentional non-partisan way. “Ever since I became a Christian I have thought that the best, perhaps only, service I could do for my unbelieving neighbours was to explain and defend the belief …

  • The Lord’s Prayer

    Posted Aug 11th, 2017 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Lord’s Prayer

    Honestly, I feel a little weird defending the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our services.  No one seems to mind when an elder prays one of Paul’s prayers or when we recite the Psalms, but when the Lord’s Prayer comes out, the Catholic meters start going wild.  This was driven home to me …

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