• 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. …

  • Rootless Christianity

    Posted Aug 30th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Rootless Christianity

    There are many words students of Christianity have used to describe modern Evangelical Christianity, but few are better than the word rootless. Historically, theologically, and liturgically modern Evangelicalism lacks any type of mooring. And to most evangelicals that is not an insult or theological slur. In fact, in many circles it’s a badge of honor. …

  • Sabbatical

    Posted May 11th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Sabbatical

    This morning, Pastor Tallman and his family will begin a time of extended leave, often which is referred to as a Sabbatical. Taking the pattern of creation as a guide and the practice of resting one day in seven, the Church in general, and our denomination (PCA) in particular, has determined it wise to encourage …

  • Internships

    Posted Apr 11th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Internships

    Last week I was out of the pulpit on study leave prepping for our new series on the book of Jonah. The usual details of my vocation—minus preaching—remained. One of those was meeting with a man entering seminary next fall about the particulars of internships and how they prepare ministers-to-be to become ministers. I couldn’t …

  • Good Friday

    Posted Mar 30th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Good Friday

    The cross is the most pointed manifestation of the wrath of God in all the Bible. Sometimes we don’t grapple with this as much s we should. It is not uncommon to hear folks pitting the “God of the Old Testament” against the “God of the New Testament.” The God of the New Testament is …

  • Maundy Thursday

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

    Tonight we are here to walk with Jesus through one of the darkest nights of the church calendar.  This was Jesus’ last night, a night which was marked by betrayal—by Judas and Peter— his passionate prayer in Gethsemane, his arrest and the charge by the high priest that he was guilty of blasphemy. The title …

  • Lent, Part 2

    Posted Mar 8th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Lent, Part 2

    A couple of weeks ago I re-published an article I wrote last year on the topic of Lent. I concluded with two points. Here is the first. I know some folks are uneasy about Lent. Some of my closest friends and colleagues don’t think that reformed Christians should have anything to do with it whatsoever. …

  • The Apostles’ Creed

    Posted Jan 19th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Apostles’ Creed

    When someone asks you, “So, what do Christians believe?” How do you answer that? Where and to what do you point them? The reformer Martin Luther would have us answer that question by turning to the Apostles’ Creed. Speaking of the Creed, Luther couldn’t have been more succinct, “Christian truth could not possibly be put …

  • Epiphany

    Posted Jan 11th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Epiphany

    Epiphany: a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. The above definition is usually the one we are using when we speak of something being an epiphany. A moment of clarity breaks in. Insight and perception is …

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