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Does it matter what a Minister wears to church?

This is the third and final post in a short series on clothing and the church. The first and second posts dealt with the often debated topic of what kind of clothing Christians should wear to church. I concluded that, while we don't believe in "casual worship" (how can entering the presence of the living God be casual?), whether or not one wears "casual" or "formal" clothi...

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Redeemer Philosophy of Worship

Over the past several months myself and some of the other Elders have received questions and had conversations regarding our worship music and style. As a result, we have spent time discussing this issue, wanting to make sure that we and our church are all on the same page regarding what we believe the Bible and our reformed heritage indicate is most important about the wo...

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Offsite Worship in September

The session approved a motion to worship offsite for three weeks in September. The weeks of September 8th, 15th and 22nd 2019, we will worship at a different location, most likely the Central High School Auditorium. These are the only planned week's offsite, and we will resume worship at our church building on September 29th, 2019. Why did the Elders decide to try this ou...

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Two Morning Services during July

As announced last Sunday, we will shift to having two Sunday morning services beginning July 7th, 2019 and continuing through at least the four Sundays of July. It is possible we may decide extend a couple of more weeks into August depending on heat and space issues. The schedule for the services will be at 8:30 10:30 am each Sunday, and between services we will have des...

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Does it matter what we wear to Church? Part 2

In the first post, we acknowledged that Christians often have strong opinions on what kind of dress should be worn to church, both sides appealing to scriptural principals in support. Is there a way to move beyond the impasse? I think so. In this post, I offer three reflections to help move the debate forward. First, I believe all sides can agree that the central issue is...

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Does it matter what we wear to church?

It is funny (in a sad way) that such a seemingly minor issue has generated so much controversy in the Christian church, but it has. So potentially divisive has this issue been, that Jerry Bridges warns about it directly, mentioning it in his well known book Respectable sins in the chapter on "Judgementalism."[1] Other big name evangelical Christian leaders and publications...

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17th Century Advice on How to Read the Bible Well (Not as a Consumer)

As Christians we know how important it is for us to grow in our understanding of God's word. The Bible itself tells us repeatedly how important it is for us to be a people shaped by the Word of God. As we recently saw in 1 Peter, the apostle commands us to "long" for the word as infants long for milk. That is a striking image and makes a powerful point of how necessary the...

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The Ministry of Listening

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We live in an age where everyone is talking but nobody is listening. We are always connected to others through our social media, but as more and more research is finding, we are feeling more alone and isolated than ever. In such a time, one very practical way that we can love to someone else is simply by listening to them. Again, Dietrich Bonhoeffer gives some excellent ad...

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The Ministry of Helpfulness

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In his classic book Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer lists several ministry practices that a Christian community must be committed to living out if it would be all that God intends it to be. One "ministry" he identified which I found to be extremely relevant and a very good reminder for us all is what he calls "The ministry of Helpfulness." What is this exactly? It is t...

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How to teach our kids Christianity? Start with the BIG 3

As Christian parents we have the desire and responsibility to our children to "bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Eph 6:4). We know that teaching them the content and doctrines of the Christian faith, while certainly not everything, is an important part of fulfilling this responsibility. But where to begin? What to do? Books on children's ministr...

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