• Guest Contributors,  Path of Death,  Series

    Day 5: Compassion And The Art Of Communion

    "Lent overall is a hard thing to walk through as a follower of Jesus. It requires us to look beyond ourselves and find one small thing that we believe could get in the way of following Jesus. It calls us to come and die and walk with Jesus through the story of His Passion. Furthermore, what I submit is the hardest part of Lent, it calls us to be vulnerable in community with one another as we are open about the struggle that sacrifice brings."

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Relationship vs. Kinship

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   A Brief Introduction What is relationship? What is kinship? Furthermore, what is the difference between them? Some definitions will help us understand what each is, and allow us to quickly look at the uniqueness of each and why Christians should strive for one or the other.   Relationship Merriam Webster defines relationship as follows:      1: the state of being related or interrelated (studied the relationship between the variables)      2: the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: as           a: kinship           b: a specific instance or type of kinship  …

  • Blogs

    Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part II

    Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   At the time of the Protestant Reformation, there was much disagreement regarding the nature of and, therefore, the number of sacraments.  For the sake of brevity, I will focus on the conclusions and definitions that emerged from the English Reformation.  Article XXV (“Of the Sacraments”) of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion states that “Sacraments ordained of Christ be not only badges or tokens of Christian men’s profession, but rather they be certain sure witnesses, and effectual signs of grace, and God’s good will towards us, by the which he doth work invisibly in us, and doth not only quicken, but also strengthen and confirm…

  • Blogs

    Baptism & The Lord’s Supper Part I

    Written by Dr. Timothy Brophy   The Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ceremonial rites (or sacraments) for his followers to observe.  Baptism was given as a one-time rite of initiation into the New Covenant community and the Lord’s Supper as a regular rite of remembrance (Packer, 1993, 209).  These were gifts from the Lord, given as signs and seals of their covenant relationship with God, and as means of grace until his second coming (Packer, 1993, 209-210).  Originally part of the same initiation process, baptism and the Lord’s Supper have been inextricably linked from the earliest days of the church.