Pastors' Blog

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Category: Church History

This month we approach the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. October 31, 1517 is that remarkable day when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Most of us know of Luther, but are less familiar with the other significant figures of that time, or those who came centuries before as “morning stars” to The Reformation. Desiring God has a 31-day series of brief biographies highlighting 31 heroes of The reformation. You can read it or listen to the audio version by going to the link listed below.

http://www.desiringgod.org/here-we-stand

Soli Deo gloria,

Pastor Dave

In the background of this picture is what remains of a Crusade-era fortress just off the coast of Sidon, in present day Lebanon. Vestiges of battles long ago can still be seen today, and the on-going arguments of their causes and their lasting legacy also continue. DSCN0989 Kevin DeYoung has recently written an article regarding the Crusades on the Gospel Coalition blog (Yeah, Well, What about the Crusades?). As Muslim and Christian relations are a hot topic these days, and since the Crusades are often... Read More

Pastor Greg and I have been reading some of the early church fathers together and are currently reading works by Cyprian of Carthage. It is amazing to read the writings of Christians who lived centuries ago yet share the same faith. Cyprian was a church elder in the third century and actually had oversight over a number of churches in North Africa. This was during a time of intense persecution of the church and many cyprian-of-carthage1Christians were martyred. During all of this, in his Treatise #4 on the Lord’s... Read More

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19–21 (ESV)

The Tuesday morning men’s Bible study group is currently going through the Sermon on the Mount. We have been deeply impacted by Jesus’ words regarding money and... Read More