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The Mystery Revealed: God’s Clear Word to His People

by Wayne Lin

This year, the Protestant movement is 500 years old. While the disunity of the universal church today is lamentable, it is right to celebrate the fresh light that was shed on (or rather, given by) the gospel in the 16th century. We long for the day when Christ’s body is a fully united, mature man […]

Apostles’ Creed: “I believe…He suffered under Pontius Pilate”

by Wayne Lin

Before confessing the actual death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, the Apostles’ Creed includes this historical detail about Jesus’ suffering under a Roman prefect who governed under Tiberius. Why? Since we tend to think of Jesus’ message during the course of His public ministry as “spiritual” rather than political, and since most of the conflicts […]

It Is Excluded: Boasting vs. the Glory of God

by Wayne Lin

It is now 499 years after the launch of the Protestant Reformation, and as we await its semi-millennial anniversary with great anticipation, much has changed, and much has stayed the same. The opinions of men have varied and fluctuated, with varying degrees of maturation or regression, and this includes theological opinions. Yet a couple of […]

Reformation Day Post

by Wayne Lin

Written by our Worship leader, Sean Cowden… It is that time of year again in which we Reformed folk celebrate the fresh light shed on the gospel in the early 16th century. It is only two more years until the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses, which challenged contemporary practices of the […]

Apostles’ Creed: “Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary”

by Wayne Lin

Written by our worship leader, Sean Cowden… This article of the Creed—of the historic Christian faith—is not peripheral to Christian belief, but has been rather a central declaration of the Church throughout the ages. The simple fact that the Apostles’ Creed we are unfolding includes it, together with the other most central facts about who […]

Apostles’ Creed: “I Believe in…His Only Son, Our Lord” Part 2

by Wayne Lin

From our worship leader, Tyler Cowden…In the last section we considered the manifold significance of confessing Jesus as “the only Son of God.” Now we must take some time to explore the layered meanings of the word “Lord” as we apply it to our Savior in the Apostles’ Creed every week. We will consider three […]

Reformation and Cross: It Is Finished

by Wayne Lin

From Tyler Cowden, in recognition of Reformation Day… At the time of writing, it is that season of the year again when many Reformed Christians call to mind their historical roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, and hopefully continue to appreciate the real differences that divide the ideologies of the Roman Catholic […]