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December 23, 2011, 4:41 PM

A Few Things

Christmas Eve is upon us!  And, long before we even think of New Years' resolutions, I want to make a Christmas one:  Preach the Gospel as the Gospel.  Period.  I have been thinking alot about the reason and purpose of sermons.  What are they supposed to do?  How are they supposed to be?

Seems to me that we preachers land in either one of two extremes.  There is the preacher who is always beating you down from the pulpit with your sins.  Bottom line: God is mad at you!  Whew!  Good thing Jesus came or you'd be toast!

Then there is the preacher who's never seen a rainy day.  Sin and death and wrath and cross are not ever used, because they are, well, unpleasant.  They preach H. Richard Niebuhr's "God without wrath [bringing] men [and women] without sin into a Kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a Cross."

I don't want to veer too far in either of those directions.  Perhaps like the Psalmist, I want to ground us in the reality of our situation (sin and death) without ever forgetting that God always has the last word on my sin (and yours) through saving faith.  The goal of good preaching, I'm convinced, is to leave the hearer wooed by the love of God!

On another note, I do want to draw your attention to the banner on each page.  (See immediately above!)  Did you notice the new logo there?  That is our new church logo -- thanks to SignDesign and Heather Gearhart.

One day, I picked up the phone and called Heather.  I said -- to the effect --  Can you draw a logo for the church that includes our letters, our crosses out front, the unique shape of the sanctuary architecture, and throw in the Celtic cross for good measure?  I was tickled.  She said "Yes."  And, she did it well!

I sent the design on to SignDesign, and they shaped it into what you see now.  Note that all of the original features are there.  The point of our sanctuary at the top of the letters.  The Celtic cross in the middle -- meaning that, of course, naturally, that Jesus was a Presbyterian.  And the burst (or crown) thrown in for good measure.

Hope you like it!

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