X Close Menu

Blog

Blog

Subscribe to the RSS Feed
  • Featured Posts
  • All Posts

Election and Evangelism?

If God has already chosen beforehand those who will be saved, does it matter if we evangelize? Is there really urgency? Isn't it true that God will find a way to bring his "elect" to himself? For those churches and Christians who believe that the Bible teaches the doctrine of Election, this is a very important question. It is often assumed by those who do not, that Christ...

Keep Reading

Understanding Historic Calvinism and the Confessional Revisions of 1903

I have written before regarding the way that historic and confessional Calvinism, and particularly the doctrine concerning predestination, is often misunderstood and misused today. So much so, that I rarely now identify myself as a Calvinist. If someone asks me if I or the church believe in Calvinism, I always ask them to explain to me what they mean by "Calvinism" before ...

Keep Reading

The Flexibility of Reverent Worship

In the previous post on reverent worship, we concluded that worship that is acceptable to God is worship that is regulated by the truth of God's word, and worship done with true sincerity of heart. As a follow up, this post examines the flexibility of reverent worship. Even in its strictest form, the Bible and our theological tradition allow for a great deal of flexibility...

Keep Reading
1

What is "Reverent" Worship?

Hebrews 12:28-29: Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Given the above command all Christians should desire to worship God in a "reverent" manner. There really can be no such thing as "casual worship" (I am not talking about the ...

Keep Reading

Review of the 47th General Assembly of the PCA

Last week Chris and I had the opportunity to attend the 47th General Assembly of the PCA in Dallas, TX. As promised, what follows is a brief report of the actions taken by the assembly. Please feel free to speak with either of us if you have any questions. First, some statistics. According to the stated clerks report, a snapshot of the PCA last year in comparison to 2017 ...

Keep Reading

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...

Keep Reading

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...

Keep Reading

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...

Keep Reading

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...

Keep Reading

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...

Keep Reading