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Getting Out There

by Jed Brown
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One of the best ways to meet different people, and show them the winsomeness of Christ is to get involved in community boards and teams.  This can be so powerful for the simple fact that many people have never met – in their entire life – a gospel-transformed Christian. Never. Ever. Can you imagine that? […]

Fighting Foosball Fellowship

by Jed Brown
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Any time we hear a sermon like the one I delivered last week, we (me included) are bound to hear one thing and, because we are struck by it, don’t hear the next thing. Nothing wrong with that – it’s human nature. So I thought I would reiterate a few comments from Sunday: We are […]

Thoughts on Our Approach to COVID and Government Orders

by Jed Brown
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It seems to me a good time to remind you or reiterate some of our thinking behind our responses to COVID and the government’s orders. From the beginning, our default approach to COVID has been to follow the County health authorities’ guidelines. At the same time, we have intentionally not made commands to the congregation, […]

Sharing in All Things

by Jed Brown
high-angle photography of people's hand picking foods

  An elder letter, by Dan Russell Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the […]

This Is Where the COVID Lockdown Goes

by Jed Brown
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Introduction For the most part, our church and the Church have been submissive and compliant regarding the government COVID lockdown. You, we, have done well, and are to be commended for our sometimes-difficult submission to the governing authorities Christ has appointed for us. And we may see restrictions further lifted soon. This is good news.  […]

Tell It Not on Facebook

by Jed Brown
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A detail in 2 Samuel 1 instructs us well in our over-heated cultural moment. Since David’s anointing as king, forces supporting Saul and David have fought. Saul dies, and then a messenger informs David.  David mourns Saul, for Saul was “the Lord’s anointed” (1:14). God had anointed Saul – therefore God’s honor is diminished.  Therefore, […]

The Crucial Role of Communion in Corrosive Times

by Jed Brown
brown and black round board

If anything, our cultural moment can be described as “corrosive”, or “divided”. Another commentator has said our nation is “inflamed”. That’s about right.  And though you may be a Christian, we can easily be swept up in that inflamed division. And that inflamed division can then rend the fabric of the church. It’s happening, now, […]

”Greet One Another with a Holy Kiss”

by Jed Brown
two men standing in front of fence

The above command comes at the very end of 1 Corinthians, the letter written by Paul to the church in Corinth. In a short while this practice would be widespread in the church – it came to be known as the osculum pacis, the “kiss of peace”.  While some think that the word “holy” in […]

Moving Forward Together

by Jed Brown
short-coated black dog sitting

We all come to the coronavirus situation with preconceived notions of what is best; ideas and political leanings established in the past, by our upbringing, experiences, jobs and training, etc. And not all of our notions will agree with one another’s. Thus we have sought from the beginning to keep one finger on God’s “preconceived […]

Wailing for Quail – Numbers 11

by Jed Brown
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The story of the quail and the prophets, from Numbers 11, is strange to us, in many of the details. But the point could not be more contemporary.  The people are on the other side of the Exodus, and are three days into a new season of their journey. But they complain, sentimentalizing their slavery […]