Sep 04

The Purpose of Song in the Gathering of the Church (1 Corinthians 14)

The purpose of song in the gathering of the Church is to build up and edify others in their faith in Christ our Savior. In this article, we examine the use of Contemporary Christian Music in congregational worship in light of what God inspired St. Paul to write to the Church in 1 Corinthians 14 when the Corinthian churches were in need of correcting because of their worship practices. Continue reading

Jun 03

Sermon: Big Ideas (Holy Trinity, 2012)

Preached 6/3/2012 – Holy Trinity In 2011, VeggieTales co-creator and former owner of Big Idea Productions, Paul Vischer was interviewed by World Magazine. Through the VeggieTales, Viescher was pursuing his BigIdea dream. The once popular childrens characters were bringing in … Continue reading

May 12

Ask Pastor: What is the Christian’s Response to Sin in their Life? (EDITED)

What do we do in those times when we feel God’s accusing finger – the finger of His law. We can be certain that there are no fingers pointing back at Him. We cannot deflect our guilt or our shame and blame others. What happens when we are burdened and heavy laden and we feel the reality of our sin deeply and inwardly. What do we do? How do we deal with it? Who shall save us from this body of death?

To answer these questions, God does not calls us to look inward at whether or not we believe our sins are forgiven. Rather, God points us outward to see the work He has done and He continues to do. Continue reading

May 03

The (True) Heart of Worship

What is the true “Heart of Worship”? According to a popular song by the Contemporary Christian Worship Music composers at Hillsong, it’s all about Jesus. But what does it mean to be “all about Jesus?” Good question! This is the first article in a series that looks at that question. (NOTE: This is a rewrite of a previous article on this subject.) Continue reading

Apr 16

ASK THE PASTOR: What is the Church Year?

In our secular calendar, there is a cycle of “seasons” (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). The dates associated with the four seasons of our weather are determined by specific events (i.e., winter solstice, vernal equinox, summer solstice, and autumnal equinox). In … Continue reading