• Advent is Advent

    Posted Dec 6th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on Advent is Advent

    Living in a post-Christian world means that often our cultural calendars are in conflict with the church calendar. One such example of this happens every year after Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving most Americans begin to celebrate Christmas or the Christmas season as it is often called. You hear familiar carols in the mall, sales and advertising …

  • The Eucharist

    Posted Nov 21st, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Eucharist

    Even for Paul there was mystery in the Christian faith, especially when it came to the work of Christ on behalf of his church. Speaking in the context of marriage he would say, this mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church (Eph. 5:32). The preface to his …

  • The Reformation Service

    Posted Nov 5th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on The Reformation Service

    This week we raise and hopefully answer the question: Why do we pause to remember the Protestant Reformation each year?  Let me suggest three reasons why.  First, we do so to emphasize our catholicity.  To answer the question like that is somewhat ironic because historically the Reformation was the watershed event that severed the Protestants …

  • What’s Your Name?

    Posted Oct 18th, 2018 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | Comments Off on What’s Your Name?

    It’s a very old practice for the minister to ask parents or sponsors bringing an infant to be baptized what the child’s name is. Specifically, “What is the Christian name of this child?” To us modern westerners it sounds strange. Is the minister that disconnected that he doesn’t even know the child’s name? We tend …

  • 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 …

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