From the Pastor's Desk

Facing Death

  • Posted on: 25 December 2005
  • By: Chris Strevel

Death is the horrible specter that haunts the human experience. It is the great equalizer of men. The best and worst of lives end in death. Men respond to death in various fashions. Some seek forgetfulness, hoping in the hustle and bustle of life to break its hold upon the conscience. Some adopt a stance of pretended bravery in its cold pale, either through jokes or a cavalier attitude. Paralyzed by the fear of death, others hope to prolong life through physical fitness and vitamins. Some pray that a scientist somewhere will find the cure for death.

A Reformed Pastor's Thoughts on the Observance of Christmas

  • Posted on: 18 December 2005
  • By: Chris Strevel

The last two weeks of each year are not easy ones for many Reformed Christians. Our culture's Christmas observances make us feel extremely uncomfortable. We loathe the materialism and worldliness associated with Christmas. We are troubled that so many churches feel the need to modify their worship services and physical appearances in order to "celebrate" the season. People sometimes ask why our church does not hold candlelight vigils on Christmas Eve, perform Christmas cantatas one Sunday near Christmas, or decorate a Christmas tree.