The Church

A Simple life

In Tolkien’s works, one of the constant themes throughout the story is seen in the hobbits. They are small, insignificant. They have none amongst the ranks of great heroes or thinkers. Yet, it is a small band of hobbits that successfully bring the Ring to the fires of Mt. Doom, and save the free peoples…

Worship in the Family

Our church believes in the membership of families. What does this mean? Apart from some of the more visible things such as a worship service filled with young children as well as adults, it means that we believe our children are part of the church, members of the community. The Scripture time and again gives…

Scarlet Men and Raging Chariots

“The shields of his mighty men are made red, the valiant men are in scarlet. The chariots come with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the spears are brandished. The chariots rage in the streets, they jostle one another in the broad roads; They seem like torches, they run like lightning.” –…

Singing our Theology

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” ­ – Colossians 3:16 “…addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.”…

Christianity and Pluralism

The Roman Empire is perhaps the most famous empire in human history. It was not nearly the most massive (its two million square miles doesn’t even stand up to America’s four million), nor could it boast the greatest wealth, or military prowess, or population. Yet to historians, Rome dominates the stage because she lasted. Over…

Why do we have presbyteries?

As we continue our study on What is the Church?, it’s easy to say we enjoy our local church. Many are involved in various kinds of ministry in the church, knowing the reasons why our church exists, promoting its mission and vision. We recently considered how the local church is governed by a minister and…

The Office of the Ruling Elder

“The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but…

NBOPC hymn singing

Why Do We Sing?

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:1-3 Why do we do what…