• Poetry,  Vic Stanley

    Dominate

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Ran from the game then I came back Askin’ “Where the pain at?” Look dog I gotta change that From the sorrow to the joy and These cats wanna make all this noise To shut out the fear, in the silence that they’re trying to avoid Maneuvers employed to build and destroy is a false theology No life in that ecology I murdered the dichotomy That had my hands in evil, my thoughts in love, But my plans deceitful, The plug and the grams illegal Love for my mans but this clan will eat you, Watch life defeat you I was snatched from the…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Acts 4

    In Acts chapter 4 we see these things take shape. The healing of a lame man in chapter 3 leads to opposition in chapter 4. Specifically, I believe that in chapter 4 we see Jesus’ words in Matthew 10 play out in a powerful way. Thus, Acts 4 should encourage us to press on in our mission to carry the Gospel to the nations.

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In an article for CNN titled “Black Panther’ Is a Movie and a Movement,”[1] Lisa France discusses the cultural impact of the Marvel movie Black Panther. The point that Ms. France is trying to make can be summed up in the following quote from her article: “…a film that explores what it means to be black, centered on a black superhero, featuring a mostly black cast, and helmed by a black director is on pace to be one of Marvel’s biggest blockbusters.”[2] One of the most notable and talked about aspects of the movie is its “blackness,” it is a movie that celebrates African…

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    Remembering Billy Graham

    Written by Dave Lenehan   This week we are mourning, remembering, and honoring a man who brought the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus to millions of people over many decades.  You likely have a memory moment from Rev. Dr. Billy Graham.  Maybe it was a crusade you attended where you surrendered your life to Jesus.  Perhaps you met Rev. Graham or heard him speak in another setting and God deeply moved you.  While my memory is not spiritually significant, it had an impact on me as a boy that I will always remember. Rev. Graham was going to speak in Massachusetts and was visiting historic Plymouth. Since we lived…

  • 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,  Guest Contributors

    Swimming The Tiber

    Written by Jeff Benson   INTRODUCTION In the history of Christendom there has always been a struggle for unity within local congregations in order that they might be able to form something greater than they could accomplish by themselves. Jesus in one of his final prayers asks that all believers “may be one”[1] and additionally notes that this is how “the world may believe that you have sent me”[2]. Historically the Catholic Church has sought to fulfill this prayer, by providing a single, unified body that is designed to work together as Christ intended.

  • Blogs,  Dave Lenehan's Weekly Thoughts

    My Anchor

    Written by Dave Lenehan Growing up along the shores of Cape Cod, our family was blessed to always have some sort of boat on hand for fishing and shell-fishing.  We started with a dark green 8-foot wooden row boat, then graduated to an 8-foot aluminum boat.  A few years later, we had our first of two 18-22 foot motorboats that we used to cruise through the Cape Cod Canal and make for the open ocean for more fishing.  It was an incredible privilege.  Our boats were certainly not the yachts you might think of when you think of Cape Cod, but they brought us hours of fun and pounds of…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

     “Not Peace But A Sword”

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   “You think I have come to bring peace on the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34) These are the words of Jesus to His disciples before sending them out into Judea to proclaim the message of Christ. These words do not mesh well with the romanticized timid and docile Jesus we tend to speak about in our churches. These words would not be spoke by the Jesus who wouldn’t harm a fly, who would never inconvenience us, who would never put us in uncomfortable positions, or disrupt our cozy lives. The Jesus proclaimed in most of our…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    A Look at the Book of Acts

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr.*  Acts is a book that serves as a history of the beginnings of the Church. It was written by Luke, and serves as “Part II” of what we will call his “History of Christianity.” By Part II I mean that it is the continuation of the book that bears its authors name, that is The Gospel According to Luke. Acts provides what Dr. Chris Gnanakan (Dr. G) calls a theological-literary framework for missional living. There are four elements that are present in the composition of Acts:

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    For By Faith…

    Written By Victor Stanley Jr. In Romans 3:21-4:25 the Apostle Paul presents an argument that, at the time, was radical, especially to his Jewish readers.[1] He states that the righteousness of God has not only been manifested in the here and now, but that it has been manifested apart from the law. Looking back at chapter 2 we see that the Jews believed that they were justified by being members of the covenant community via circumcision and obedience to the law, that is that these were the outward signs of those who belonged to the covenant.[2] And in the first half of chapter 3 Paul levels the playing field by…