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…

The Israelites and their iGod

Things were desperate. The Israelites had just lost 4,000 men in a battle with the Philistines, a battle that took place a mere twenty miles or so from the tabernacle in Shiloh. If the Philistines should continue to decimate the Israelite army, what would stop them from destroying Shiloh itself? The elders held a council…

Christ in the Old Testament

My usual practice at Grace OPC is to preach through individual books of the Bible, one passage at a time. I recently finished preaching through Matthew’s Gospel in the Sunday morning services, and Romans in the evenings. Now, I’m working my way through 1 Samuel in the morning service and Isaiah at night. This return…

Let there be light!

This is the time of year that many Alaskans start to notice that the days are getting longer (it’s also true, of course, that many other Alaskans don’t “notice” this, but have been obsessively keeping track of every added minute of daylight since December 21st). Where we live in Alaska (Wasilla), even on the shortest…