• Easter Day

    Posted Apr 19th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Want to have some fun? Do the following Google search: <easter pagan?>. I dare you! You’ll find some weird stuff out there. I think the same guys writing about this also wrote the stuff about 9/11 being an inside job and that President Obama and Mitt Romney are not really U.S. citizens. When it comes …

  • The Resurrection and the Life, Part 2

    Posted Mar 28th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    We are fast approaching the fifty-day celebration of the central tenet of the Christian faith: Easter. Our textual reflections on John 11 lead us to consider the implications of Jesus’ resurrection, as in him and his ministry the future breaks into the present. Sure, the first century Jews were waiting for the glorious reality of …

  • The Resurrection and the Life, part 1

    Posted Mar 21st, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    In the text of John 11, Jesus more than hints at what the future holds for him. Sure, we must go with him and Thomas and die (11:16). But that is not the end of the story. That is the penultimate chapter of his life. God is the God of life. His very first creative …

  • Passion Sunday

    Posted Apr 5th, 2012 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    The fifth Sunday in Lent is often referred to by many as “Palm Sunday.” More commonly, however it is referred to as “Passion Sunday.” This is interesting and we will come back to that in a moment. Palm Sunday begins the most holy week for Christians, the week that will culminate in the resurrection of …

  • Revelation 22

    Posted Aug 1st, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments Revelation 22

    The Bible tells one story, a story involving paradise, paradise lost and paradise restored. Read in this way it all fits together, it all makes sense. Because of this, then, we are not all that surprised when Revelation 22 harkens back to the beginning. In doing so, we are reminded of paradise, paradise lost, and …

  • The Apostles’ Creed XIX

    Posted Jul 18th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, The Apostles' Creed, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments The Apostles’ Creed XIX

    “…and the life everlasting.” More than 85% of Americans believe in some sort of afterlife. Of course, beyond that there is little agreement, especially as it concerns the nature of that afterlife. Here the Creed comes to an end and does so by affirming the hope of life beyond this life and the victory over …

  • The Apostles’ Creed XVIII

    Posted Jul 11th, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, The Apostles' Creed, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments The Apostles’ Creed XVIII

    “the resurrection of the body” People say the darnedest things at funerals. Orthodoxy often gives way to sentimentality. The religion of Scripture often takes a back seat to the folk religion of the day—a toxic blend of new-age wackiness, a smattering of Bible verses and a healthy dose of sappy sentimentalism. When this is all …

  • Maundy Thursday

    Posted Apr 1st, 2010 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Various With | No Comments

    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 …

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