• White Grape Juice in Communion

    Posted Aug 23rd, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    You probably noticed a couple of weeks ago that we started to use white grape juice in place of the red grape juice we used to use. The reason for this is simple. Not infrequently, the elders hear reports (complaints might be too strong, but not always) about people accidentally taking wine instead of grape …

  • Introduction to Worship – The Eucharist

    Posted Mar 16th, 2012 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    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 content 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 …

  • Sacraments

    Posted Feb 21st, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Thus far we have been thinking about covenant theology and have covered the three major covenants of this system: covenant of redemption made with the members of the Trinity before creation; the covenant of works made with Adam and subsequently with the second Adam, Christ, wherein perfect and perpetual obedience was required; and the covenant …

  • Children and the Lord’s Supper

    Posted Oct 16th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments Children and the Lord’s Supper

    hroughout history all theological traditions of the church have been unanimous in affirming that communion is for those who are baptized. The reasoning is simple: To be baptized is to be a Christian and communion is for Christians. Baptism is the initiatory rite into the body of Christ—therefore it is only done once—and the Lord’s …

  • Use of Leavend Bread in the Lord’s Supper

    Posted Sep 18th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments Use of Leavend Bread in the Lord’s Supper

    The thoughtful reader of last week’s article will be tempted to raise the question, “If you are so concerned about getting it right with the wine, why do you fudge when it comes to the bread, using leavened bread?” In fact, I remember a visitor approaching me after communion one Sunday visibly upset because we …

  • Lord’s Supper – Frequency

    Posted Sep 3rd, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments Lord’s Supper – Frequency

    How often should we partake of the Supper? In some churches it is quarterly, in many monthly, some bi-monthly and in ours weekly. Such varied regularity is an indicator that we are lacking in a particular (“proof”) text to offer explicit guidance on the topic. Proof texts lacking, there are, nevertheless, good Biblical reasons for …

  • Communion of the Saints

    Posted Aug 27th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Before I left on vacation, I started to work through our beliefs and practices as they relate to the Lord’s Supper. I will pick up where I left off next week. This week, I thought I would fill you in on some of my vacation reflections. In some ways, we had three parts to our …

  • The Lord’s Supper – Part II

    Posted Aug 6th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments The Lord’s Supper – Part II

    When the real presence of Christ is referred to in a discussion concerning the Lord’s Supper, one normally thinks that either Roman Catholicism or Lutheranism is being referred to. The reason for this is that many good folks in the Reformed community do not have a confessional, historical or reformed understanding of the topic. In …

  • The Lord’s Supper

    Posted Jul 30th, 2009 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments The Lord’s Supper

    The next couple of weeks we will take a look at the topic of the Lord’s Supper. Ironically, the “one” “common” meal wherein Christ’s church gathers to celebrate her unity has served as a massive wedge throughout the history of the church. As we did with our treatment of the sacrament of baptism, we will …

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