Pastors' Blog

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Category: Church History

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 used as an argument against the truth claims of our faith by unbelievers of all kinds, it would benefit every believer to have at least a cursory understanding of the Crusades. History can serve as a caution that our faith is not attached to any human leader or government, but is founded in the person of Jesus Christ, and we find who He is and what He demands in the pages of Scripture. --Pastor Dave  

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

Hippolytus was one of the great Church Fathers of the early third century. His influences can be traced directly back to the Apostle John: Hippolytus was a disciple of Irenaeus, who was a hippolytus-of-romedisciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John. He is a towering figure, and we are blessed to have a good sampling of his writings preserved for us (the most important being his “Refutation of All Heresies” – a tour de force in which he describes and destroys the major false teachings of his day). Jon... Read More