• 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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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