But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 15 September 2017 14:15

Why Do We Baptize Babies? (2)

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In the previous post I wrote about the essence of the Abrahamic covenant. I argued that the covenant, though national in a sense, was in its essence spiritual. I also briefly argued from Scripture to show the continuity of the Abrahamic covenant. To read another article in support of the continuity...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 04:29

Why Do We Have a 2nd Service?

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Our family made plans to visit a friend out of town and in the planning process we told them we had church on Sunday night. They were not expecting that Christians went to church twice in a day. That turned into a conversation about the Lord’s Day and the Christian’s duty on that day....

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:33

Why Do We Baptize Babies?

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“Why do we baptize infants?” is a question in ministry we hear often. I would conservatively guess that I receive this question about five times a year on average. This number is based on conversations ranging from those that have nothing to do with infant baptism, and then the person...

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Monday, 19 June 2017 08:22

Images of Jesus

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This is written by Mark Jones from the website reformation21.org ———————————— The debate over whether pictures of Jesus are allowed, suitable, etc., usually revolves around the interpretation of the second commandment. I want...

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Friday, 16 June 2017 00:53

The Revelation of God in Scripture

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Scripture tells us that God is a person who created, rules and sustains the world. That he is eternally independent yet personal. How are we to know him or learn about him? Some argue for a mystical experience apart from Scripture or worship with believers. The result is that they have depreciated...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:01

Why Do We Have Confessions?

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Visitors who are new to our church often ask about being a Presbyterian Church, Reformed, Confessional, etc. One of the first things I say is that we are tied to a Reformed confession, specifically the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is reasonable to then discuss why we are tied to this...

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Thursday, 11 May 2017 04:43

Continuity Preserves the Gospel

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The Covenant of Grace begins in its seminal form in Genesis 3:15 but is revealed more fully in the Abrahamic Covenant. Studying the Abrahamic Covenant continues to show its relevance and importance throughout Scripture because it touches on everything from worship, sacraments, election, atonement,...

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Friday, 05 May 2017 02:54

When You Get Nothing Out of Church

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We are surrounded by the next big break through, the next trend, to current fad, “flavor of the week”. It’s the way the world operates. Constantly fighting for our attention because we become bored easily and whatever has our attention has our money. We also feel the pressures of...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 01:43

What is Confirmation?

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Confirmation as Universal Practice It is helpful to think of Confirmation in the local practice, in light of the wider and historic practice of the Church. Starting with the question “Who has a right to/must take the Supper?” When the New Testament Church first began, a baptized person...

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Monday, 24 April 2017 08:16

What Happened to Confirmation?

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I want to reflect for a few posts on Confirmation. It’s almost like you never hear of it happening or when someone mentions it, they usually are Roman Catholic or Lutheran. Did Presbyterians forget about this? What is it? Why did the Church have it? I hope to inspect these questions in a...

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Monday, 10 April 2017 08:15

When We Receive Unwanted Motivation

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I’m a member of a gym where the coaches habitually communicate to us through the week to motivate, encourage, inform, or even lecture when members aren’t either working hard or just not showing up. This was a message recently posted for our group It’s Monday freaks! Set goals this...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:14

Who May Read Scripture in Worship?

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Rev. Brian Tallman wrote an essay on the question, “Who May Read Scripture in Worship?” that I found very helpful. He considered what the PCAs Book of Church Order statement in 50.2 The reading of the Holy Scripture in the congregation is a part of the public worship of God and should...

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Saturday, 15 October 2016 23:05

We Taste Heaven Today in the Supper

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Heaven is such an amazing promise in Scripture. Heaven is when the perfect is realized. It is the consummation, after the resurrection, after the great judgment of God, when all is made right. It is the new heavens and the new earth. When the space between humanity and God is removed and we...

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:12

The Supper Encourages the Christian

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It is one thing to think about the reason for the Supper. Perhaps another side of that coin is to ask what happens when we are partaking of it? Or another way of phrasing the question is “What benefit do we receive from the Supper?” I am thinking of focussing on a practical question....

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Friday, 30 September 2016 16:33

The Spark-less Pastor

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When I speak with other pastors I am always interested to hear how they approach their calling. I want to know what their work week is like. How much do they preach? How much do they teach classes, Bible studies, etc.? How much time do they spend with family? How much do they engage with the...

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 16:23

Should We Have Weekly Communion?

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Some churches don’t take the Supper weekly because they don’t see a good reason to do it. This raises the question, “Why did Jesus institute the Supper for us?” If we answer this question, then perhaps we would have a reason to either consider the reason we take Communion...

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Monday, 19 September 2016 21:51

The Visible Word

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Jesus Christ is the only food that nourishes our souls. Therefore he calls us to submit ourselves, first to the proclamation of his Word and second to partake of him as he has offered himself to us in the sacrament of the Supper. Just as the Lord has given us his audible Word (the Word … Cont...

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