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Fighting Anxiety in Pandemic

by Jed Brown

I have said, since I arrived here, that the “main thing” is threefold: Word, prayer and fellowship. This is because they are means to God’s sovereignly-appointed and happily-given grace, His gifts. They are the way God gives us Himself, in His Son, by His Spirit, until we see Him face to face.  And now, one […]

Coronavirus and the Sovereignty of God

by Jed Brown

In times like this, the most healthy, sanity-inducing thing we can do is revisit the basic doctrines of our faith. One such doctrine is the sovereignty of God. We love Isaiah 40:29-31: 29  He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 30  Even youths shall faint and […]

Holding Dueling Truths

by Jed Brown

One of Christianity’s requirements, and one of its gifts to the world, is the ability to hold two seemingly irreconcilable truths at the same time. For instance, we hold that God is sovereign, and man is culpable, for his actions. The word for this is antinomy. The greatest antinomy is Jesus, who was both all God and […]

Together in the Chaos

by Van Fleetwood

A word from an Elder… Chaos is described as disorder or disarray.  Well, here we are in CHAOS. Our church is in a time of not able to “gather together.”  To the church it means a lot. Not seeing one another face to face or “in person fellowship.”  We are encouraged to spend time together […]

Don’t Waste Your Coronavirus Isolation

by Jed Brown

Our greatest danger right now is wasting our isolation, by stewing in fear and numbing ourselves in streams of entertainment. God causes all things to be for our good, but that doesn’t just happen automatically. We need to act to ensure we don’t waste our isolation. Two passages come to mind; first 1 Cor. 7:5: 5 Do […]

Government Coronavirus Directives and Individual Liberty

by Jed Brown

I affirm that the decision maker for health decisions is the individual. We have freedom to make our own health decisions.  However, there are limits to that freedom. For instance, if sin is involved, as with abortion.* Furthermore, we need to think clearly about how the Bible usually talks about the exercise of our freedom […]

“Bringing Back Feminine Energy”

by Jed Brown

The strangest moment in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy comes at the end, when Frodo and Sam return to the Shire. They’ve vanquished foes far more powerful than themselves and experienced fantastic adventures.  But when they enter the Shire, they realize there’s another battle to be won, on the homefront. Selfish, abusive hobbits have […]

Verbs and Objects

by Jed Brown

One of the great axioms embedded in all the Bible is that what’s most important about our actions, the verbs of our lives, is the object. That is the most important detail – actually the most important detail of our lives. Actions themselves are neutral. Verbs are value-neutral. What makes them good or bad, enlightening […]

We Are What We Love

by Jed Brown

1 John 2:15-17 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father […]