Mark 2:23-3:6 – The Church’s Worship Leader

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

As I was preparing this past Sunday’s sermon, one view that a few commentators expressed was that the statements of Jesus in Mark 2:27-28 could not have been original, since “they are disjointed” from the story of David. According to this view, Mark or a later scribe must not have realized that the sayings were […]

Can I pray to Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Here at WRC, we’re beginning a series in the Lord’s Prayer. Each week in our “Catechism Service” (sort of like a Sunday School class), we will consider a different part of it. Not only did Jesus command us to pray this prayer (“When you pray, say, ‘Father…’” Luke 11:2), He also commanded us to use […]

New Worship Time

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

This Sunday, we will begin to gather for worship at an earlier time – 10:00 in the chapel of Westwood First Presbyterian Church.  This will be our regular meeting time until further notice. Our Worship Service will still be followed with our Sunday School (Catechism) Service, and we’ll have a half-hour break for coffee and […]

What does this church think about racism?

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

It’s obvious, but racial segregation still exists in the Church.  It’s not normally forced, though this surely happens, but it occurs when people segregate themselves from one another by joining churches that express their earthly culture.  Obviously, the horrors of the slave trade still have an influence, and racism won’t be completely purged from the […]

Why do you preach a catechism? That’s not Scripture.

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Different kinds of people find their way into Reformed churches.  Sometimes, they are newly converted to the Christian faith or they had experienced a time of backsliding.  At other times, they are from a church that has become liberal or severely misguided.  It is this latter group of people that may hear “Catechism Preaching” and […]

Why is worship such a “one-man show”?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

One phenomenon we are continuing to experience, which has been identified by Nathan Hatch in The Democratization of American Christianity, is that our view of church ministers has changed within our American environment, where we have placed such a high value on the equality of all.  We have sought to ensure that abuses of clerical […]

Why is your liturgy so old-fashioned?

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

The way we worship is strange to many Christians today.  With the rise of movements like “the Jesus movement,” being “seeker sensitive,” and being “contemporary,” came a decline in historic Christian patterns for approaching God.  It is now common for singing to occupy the first half of the service and the sermon to take up […]

Why are there children in the worship service? Do you provide childcare?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

As anyone that’s been a parent knows, it’s hard work and a great responsibility.  There’s even an increased responsibility for Christian parents to raise their children in the fear and discipline of the Lord, with the goal that, by God’s grace, they will profess the faith with their own mouths. Every Christian parent desires this, […]

New Worship Time

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

This Sunday, we will be both turning the clocks back and gathering at an earlier time – 12:00 in the chapel of Westwood First Presbyterian Church.  This will be our regular meeting time until further notice. Since this is clearly the middle of the lunch hour, we are going to have lunch together between our […]