• Borders, Language, and Culture, Part 1

    Posted Jul 26th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Some years ago I stumbled upon a loud-mouthed political pundit whose criticism of the right and left sides of the aisle always revolved around his philosophy of the need for distinct national borders, a unified national language, and a particular culture. He suggested that when a nation dissolves her borders, does away with a common …

  • Ecumenism

    Posted Jul 24th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    John 17 has for a long time been a text used to encourage ecumenism within Christ’s church. And not without reason. The prayer of Jesus includes the petition: that they may be perfectly one (17:23). In some ways it is one of those things that looks really good on paper but is a little tricky …

  • Infant Baptism

    Posted Jul 11th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe, Why We Do What We Do With | 1 Comment

    This morning and last Lord’s day we have and had the privilege of welcoming covenant children into our number. You of course know infant baptism isn’t universally accepted. Infant baptism is usually the last doctrine to be embraced by those wrestling through Covenant Theology. (Reformed practice and understanding of the recipients of baptism and why …

  • Filioque Clause, Part 2

    Posted Jul 3rd, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    My favorite songs are to and about the Holy Trinity. There is such a depth and richness to them. I think of Holy, Holy, Holy or Holy God We Praise Your Name or the Doxology we sing every week, or Gloria Patri – rich Trinitarian formulations of the One true God we worship and serve. …

  • Filioque – And the Son, Part 1

    Posted Jun 28th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    With the Nicene Creed we confess concerning the Holy Spirit that “we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son…” It all seems innocuous enough, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t believe that? What if I told you that it was the words at the end …

  • Presbyterianism, part 5

    Posted Jun 21st, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Last week, all four of our pastors went to Houston for our annual General Assembly (GA). General Assembly is the worldwide gathering of our church and the place where we do denominational business. Much of the business is bureaucratic necessities that need no mention here. But there were a few items before us at the …

  • Trinity Sunday

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

    My heart is heavy about this Sunday. Across America Christians will gather for worship and be met with motorcycles and hot rods. They will honor fathers and hear sermons about something related to Father’s Day. In a word, for many Christians across America today will be a day in which the worship of God is …

  • Presbyterianism, Part 4

    Posted Jun 7th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Thus far we have surveyed the three major forms of church polity other than our own: Erastianism, Congregationalism, Episcopalianism. Erastianism and Episcopalianism represented a hierarchical approach to church polity, with the authority of the local church residing somewhere outside of itself. Congregationalism, on the other hand, vests the local church with all and absolute authority, …

  • Presbyterianism, Part 3

    Posted May 31st, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Polis. It’s the Greek word for city. You’ve seen it in English before, in words like metropolis. It’s from this word that we also derive our English word, polity. When applied to the church, polity refers to the structure and governance of the church. We have been surveying the landscape of church polity with an …

  • Presbyterianism, Part 2

    Posted May 22nd, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    As we noted last week, there have been four historical approaches to the polity, or the government of Christ’s church: Erastianism, Congregationalism, Episcopacy, and Presbyterianism. Last week we surveyed Erastianism, the form of Church government wherein authority over the church resides with the state. This week we turn our attention to Congregationalism. Congregationalism is the …

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