• The Lord’s Prayer

    Posted Mar 14th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    Last week our reading of the law came from that section of Scripture in Matthew’s gospel that records for us the famous Lord’s Prayer. In light of our recent confrontation with it, I thought it might be helpful for us to revisit the question of why we pray the Lord’s Prayer in our worship services. …

  • The Case for the Psalms

    Posted Jan 9th, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    John Calvin is remembered for a lot of things, by friend and foe alike. Love him or hate him, his prominence during the protestant reformation has forever etched out a place in the history books. When it comes to Calvin’s legacy, it seems to me that popular perception is different than scholarly perception. I could …

  • The Meaning of Christmas, part 2

    Posted Jan 3rd, 2014 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Believe What We Believe With | No Comments

    In our culture “the Christmas Season” begins the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs through December 25th; then it’s over. But even among our cultural observances of Christmas there are little things here and there that demonstrate that we are doing it backwards. Consider, for example, the song by many during Christmas. “On the first day …

  • How Worship Works, Part 5

    Posted Nov 22nd, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Last week I ended with these words: “What we sing is important, but so is how we sing. What we say matters, but so does the way we say it. What we eat matters, but so does the manner in which we eat it.” By extension, the content of our worship is just as important …

  • How Worship Works, part 3

    Posted Nov 8th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    In his new book, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity, Jim Belcher tells of the one year pilgrimage he and his family took retracing the steps of faithful Christians and their deep faith. It’s a fascinating read, probably the best book I have read this year. …

  • How Worship Works, part 2

    Posted Nov 1st, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    I have said it before: Whether or not we know or even like it, every church and every service of worship is liturgical. Every church and every service of worship follows a prescribed liturgy. The liturgy may be bad or it may be good. Either way, it is there. James K.A. Smith, professor of philosophy, …

  • How Worship Works, Part 1

    Posted Oct 11th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    What are we doing when we gather for worship on the Lord’s Day? To put it another way, where are we going with this? For what purpose have we gathered? James K.A. Smith seeks to answer those questions in volume two of his cultural liturgies Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works. Smith begins to offer …

  • Clergy Vestments, part 4

    Posted Mar 24th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Everyday when we wake up we have a choice to make when it comes to choosing which clothes we will wear. My selection during the week often depends on whether or not I have to sit down in front of someone and who they are and the nature of that meeting. Ministers are especially mindful …

  • Clergy Vestments, part 2

    Posted Mar 10th, 2013 By in Pastor Brian's Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    Those of you who remember the Sunday school class and series of bulletin articles I did a couple of years ago on the subject of Reformed worship will remember the phrase “Regulative Principle of Worship” and the categories of elements and circumstances of worship, and adiaphora. The RPW is the principle that governs all Reformed …

  • The Key Role of the Bible in World Missions

    Posted Feb 24th, 2013 By in Missions News Blog, Why We Do What We Do With | No Comments

    A recent WWBWWB series on borders, language and culture encouraged us to use Biblical language within the borders of the church; we mold members of the Church by expressing what we believe in Biblical terms rather than delegating the language we use in our culture. Implicit in this argument is that we have a Bible …

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