• Revivalism, part 4

    Posted Jul 25th, 2012 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | 1 Comment

    Revivalism has manifested itself in myriad ways throughout the church’s history, but most foundationally it is an exchange of the means of grace—the preached word through the ordained servant of Christ, the sacraments and prayer—for something more exciting. In other words, revivalism sets aside the church and the fundamental activities of the church for something …

  • Revivalism, part 3

    Posted Jul 20th, 2012 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    When I first came to New Life I noticed so many different things from the churches I had been in. I did not always understand the differences, but I noticed them. One of those things I noticed was that when the men or women went away for their retreat—another interesting topic to consider historically and …

  • Revivalism, part 2

    Posted Jul 13th, 2012 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    I saw a bumper sticker on a car this week. I like to read bumper stickers. I don’t have any on any of my cars; though, I think I secretly want to have some. Confessions aside, the one that got my attention went like this: Tebow for President. You thought things were bad now…. really, …

  • Revivalism

    Posted Jun 21st, 2012 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | 2 Comments

    The church calendar tells us that today is the third Sunday after Pentecost. Hallmark tells us today is Father’s Day. Which one we will pause and celebrate together as a Christian church is palpable. For some, though, it’s not so obvious. For example, this morning Tim Tebow is at Qualcomm stadium for an “event” hosted …

  • Christmas

    Posted Dec 28th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    A woman wished me a merry Christmas on Tuesday of last week. I was out for breakfast with my son for his birthday. We passed as I was getting my coffee, if I remember correctly. She had just gotten hers. She had a red sweater on because that is what you wear during this time, …

  • Reformation Sunday

    Posted Oct 28th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    For a church to not have a Reformation Service or reminder of the Reformation on October 31 is like the United States not celebrating Independence Day on July 4th. Granted, there is no divine mandate, “thou shalt celebrate Independence Day.” It does, however, seem like a pretty good idea for a nation to pass on …

  • Christianity and Liberalism, part 3

    Posted Aug 12th, 2011 By in Pastor Brian's Blog With | 1 Comment

    By the end of chapter two of Christianity and Liberalism the reader is not left wondering what the author really thinks of liberalism. “The chief modern rival of Christianity is “liberalism.”” (p. 45). Perhaps even more striking is not what the author deduces the enemy of true Christianity to be, but its friends. This chapter …

  • The Covenant of Works

    Posted Jan 31st, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    In an effort to provide classification and clarification to the teachings of Scripture, Reformed theology has recognized in Scripture three distinct covenants which offer the needed categories for rightly dividing the word of truth. Those three form the heart of Reformed theology and are referred to as the covenant of redemption (pactum salutis), the covenant …

  • What Is A Covenant?

    Posted Jan 15th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    The idea of God relating to us covenantally doesn’t appear out of thin air. In fact, the form of many of the Biblical covenants is nearly identical to older, secular covenants of the ancient Near East. This became the context for God’s gracious revelation to his people. God in his mercy has condescended to speak …

  • Covenant Theology II

    Posted Jan 10th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Last week we introduced this series on Covenant Theology. Before we get into the particulars, let’s see if we can’t make the case for the importance of such a theology. For starters we need to remember that Covenant Theology is not a sub-set of a larger system, like Christology (the doctrine of Christ) or Ecclesiology …

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