Posts from February 2011

The Lord’s Supper, Part 4 – Putting It into Practice

In chapter four of The Lord’s Supper, Dr. Letham deals with several matters concerning the actual observance of the sacrament in our churches, such as one loaf vs. individual pieces, leavened bread vs. unleavened, wine vs. grape juice, and the frequency of observance. It seems to me that these practical considerations often generate a level…

The Lord’s Supper, Part 3 – A Wonderful Mystery

In this series of posts, I am using Robert Letham’s book The Lord’s Supper as a guide for considering what the sacrament is all about. In my last post I covered chapter 2, in which Letham compares the different ways major branches of Christianity have explained the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper. Chapter…

The Lord’s Supper, Part 1 – What’s the big deal?

One of the reasons I have started this blog for our church’s website is to explain our beliefs and practices for those who may be unfamiliar with a church such as ours. There are several ways to “label” Grace OPC, i.e., Reformed, confessional, conservative, etc., but these labels will mean different things to different people.…

Why I prefer the English Standard Version

The interview link I posted the other day about the King James Bible got me thinking a bit about my favorite English translation of the Scriptures, the English Standard Version (ESV). For those who worship at Grace, or for those who visit, it may be helpful to understand why I, as the pastor, preach and teach from…