The Cross and the Kingdom of Christ

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Pastoral Notes for Sunday, September 3, 2017

Dear Congregation, The Deacons have asked me to announce that this Sunday's diaconal offering will be devoted to relief efforts in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. Breckinridge Update Tonight at Village I will be making my first presentation (out of four) on R. J....

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Pastoral Notes for Sunday, August 27, 2017

Dear Congregation,    We heard back from Lilly and we did not receive a grant from the Clergy Renewal Program. But as the session talked about it, we agreed that we didn't care for the part of the sabbatical that would send the Wallace family away for four months. If...

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Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 32-36 in Family Worship Genesis 25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac) This week we are looking at part three of the "Generations of Isaac." The "Generations of Isaac" can be seen in three basic movements: Genesis 25:19-28:22 -- Jacob and Esau Genesis...

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Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 29-31 in Family Worship Genesis 25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac) This week we are looking at part two of the "Generations of Isaac." The "Generations of Isaac" can be seen in three basic movements: Genesis 25:19-28:22 -- Jacob and Esau Genesis...

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Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship

Reading Genesis 25-28 in Family Worship Genesis 25:19-37:1  (The Generations of Isaac) Why do we hear so little about Isaac? No sooner does the story of Abraham end (the Generations of Terah), then we move on to the story of Jacob (the Generations of Isaac). There is...

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Family Worship Intro

Family Worship I have been thinking about how to encourage family worship. So over the next few weeks (months? years?) I will walk you through our family practice -- which I hope will be helpful for you in your homes. I started this practice as a bachelor, so I trust...

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Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate

“Persons Act, Natures Are” – Maximus the Confessor and the Trinitarian Debate Peter J. Wallace It was good to see Lewis Ayres comment today. I had some of the same concerns about the blithe use of “Nicene” – and a tendency on the part of many participants to talk as...

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What Is a Christian?

And what is a Christian?   In light of all the discussions about Kim Davis and her anti-Trinitarian church, it is useful to think about how the Bible describes a Christian:   "And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians." (Acts 11:26)   What is a...

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Does God Hate You?

Does God hate you? In Jeremiah 11, the prophet lays out God's covenant lawsuit against Jerusalem. The logic of the chapter is pretty simple: God said that if you disobey him and turn to idols, then he will destroy you. Well, for generations now Israel and Judah have...

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Reflections on Abuse

It seems as though everywhere you turn, you see another example of the abuse, the manipulation, and the deceitfulness of power. In recent months I've encountered so many stories of abusive husbands, fathers, pastors, and politicians that I've been left reeling. One...

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Catechism Quiz

  • Catechism Question #60

    How is the sabbath to be sanctified? A. The sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.   Matthew 12:11, 12   He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out?  Of how much more value is a man than a sheep?  So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”   Psalm 92:1, 2   It is good to […]