How to Read the Bible: Interpretation in the Reformed Tradition

We need to know what something is and what it is for before we will know what to do with it. I recently received a pair of calipers in the mail. A family member was going through some of grandpa’s old tools and sent pictures around to the family seeing if anyone wanted anything. I... Continue Reading →

The Book That We Love: The Spectacles of Scripture

This is the second video in a series exploring why God gave us the Bible. https://youtu.be/QPWial4EJQQ Discussion Questions: Describe a time where you had difficulty seeing something and then it later became clear. How might thinking of the Bible as like a pair of glasses change how we approach or how we share it with others? Describe... Continue Reading →

State of Stephen 2020

I have often heard the joke, “The most useless thing I bought this year was a 2020 planner.” We have all had to throw out plans and make new ones this year. As I looked back on my goals for 2020, I had to do the same. Multiple goals were not met. Several were changed... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Mary

Immanuel, as we wait for your return,help us see your glory and lovethrough the reading and preaching of your Word. We pray in your name. Amen.  In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph,... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Elizabeth

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Joseph

Children’s Story I’d like to invite the children forward at this time. Christmas is coming soon. Last week, we talked about two people, a priest and his wife, who were very old. Does anyone remember their names? (Zechariah and Elizabeth) They wanted a baby, but they also were waiting for God to come and save... Continue Reading →

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