Celebratory Service

by wyattg

On Labor Day (Sept 2nd, coming) everyone takes a day off, to do no labor, to rest. How much greater is our Rest in God !!!!! Wow! Wow! Wow! So, our next Celebratory Service (Aug 25th) will be about our Eternal Rest that starts with our Rest in Christ.  Aug 25, 1:30 PM, A Celebratory […]

Standing in Need of Prayer

by wyattg

Praise for the birth of Mattea Katuma and parents Annie and Gerard, and for her big sister Milan !! Isaac Hill’s landscaping business prosper and for his wife’s health, and praise for baby Kera. Mary Mulvey Graff’s quest to relocate or locate a boarder That the Celebratory Services bear much fruit – this month on […]

Repent or Perish

by wyattg

Jesus would be an unpopular funeral preacher today.  With this sermon text: “Were those Galileans whose blood Pilate mixed with your sacrifices worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?”  And this: Were those 18 people “who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them worse sinners than all the […]

The Call to Ministry, a special service

by wyattg

This Sunday, June 30 at 1:30 PM, Grace Pres will devote the entire hour of worship to the topic and emphasis on God’s Call to Ministry to some. Mission candidate Rachel Rabe will be with us to speak of her Call.  Three others will comment on their Call as well. Join us for the service […]

The Call to Worship

by wyattg

The Call to Worship The Call to Worship is Important.  It is God’s Word to us; He uses it to awaken us to Worship Him!  Skipped or taken as a routine sentence or two, its point and purpose is missed.  The Call is a SUMMONS to hear the Judge of All in effect say to […]

Reformation Then and Now, Here and There:

by admin

In a recent post at The Gospel Coalition, Dr. Dan Doriani of Covenant Theological Seminary, reflects on a recent trip to Singapore to speak for Reformation Day. He reflects on the cultural gap between the post-medieval Europe of Luther’s day and modern Singapore. What is so helpful in this reflection is his honesty about his […]

A Microcosm of American religion in one small town map

by Curran Bishop

In a recent post, Microcosm of American religion in one small town map, SIU:C political science professor Tobin Grant has made a study of the geography and demographics of Carbondale’s churches. It is insightful, helpful, and convicting. Dr. Grant notes, The membership of churches in green on the map [which are almost all located in […]

Remembering 9/11, and the Bible’s take on fear

by admin

 This is a thoughtful and well-written article by Shannon Jammal-Hollemans, looking at some very biblical lessons Americans have sometimes avoided in responding to 9/11: Remembering 9/11, and the Bible’s take on fear, ThinkChristian

Reflections on Hipster culture and Orthodoxy

by admin

This helps to suggest why more and more observers of church and popular culture think that members of our contemporary culture are actually looking for liturgy, tradition, ritual and history in their church’s life: http://imperfectlyordinary.blogspot.ca/2012/06/you-should-be-orthodox.html (and, better yet, remembering and being formed by the long story of the Church while at the same time continuing […]