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Book 4: Confessions, by Saint Augustine

"The enemy had a grip on my will and so made a chain for me to hold me a prisoner. The consequence of a distorted will is passion. By servitude to passion, habit is formed, and habit to which there is no  resistance becomes necessity." Augustine, Confessions VIII.v.10...

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Book 3: On The Incarnation by Athanasius

Book 3: On The Incarnation by Athanasius

"And to sum up, the successes of the Savior, brought about by His Incarnation, are of such a kind and magnitude that, if one wished to go through them all, it would be like those who gaze at the expanse of the sea and try to count its waves." Chapter 54 Athanasius and...

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Sylvania Church COVID-19 Plans

Sylvania Church COVID-19 Plans

Sylvania Family and Friends, The elders met last night and discussed what things need to look like for the next several weeks. Per the CDC recommendation, there is a suggested 8-week break from social gatherings larger than 50 people (one recommendation moved that...

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Coronavirus: What It Means for Sylvania

New updates will be posted here as they are available. The updates are recorded in chronological order (most recent at the top). Update from April 29, 2020 Sylvania Family & Friends, I know with Governor Abbott's recent announcement, you are all curious about when...

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Ten Books Every Christian Should Read

Recently, I was in attendance at a social gathering with several church members. As is often the case, people began to break off into smaller groups for conversation and fellowship. A man there asked me this question: "If you could pick just ten books that you think...

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It’s Resolution Time! The New Year Is Coming

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law.” (Psalm 119:18, NASB95) New Year's Resolution Season... It is that time of year again. We slide into Thanksgiving, we make a mad dash across Christmas, and we find ourselves smashing into another year on...

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When God Seems Far Away – Psalm 10:1

When God Seems Far Away – Psalm 10:1

Recently, some members of our church walked through Donald Whitney’s Praying the Bible. Today, I am including a short prayer based out of Psalm 10:1: (NAS): Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble? God, often I cannot feel your...

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An Open Letter To Lauren Daigle

An Open Letter To Lauren Daigle

Hi Lauren, You don't know me. We have never met and probably never will. My name is Phillip. I am a husband (of almost 18 years), a father of 3 boys, and have been in pastoral ministry for more than 20 years. I have two advanced degrees in Church History and Theology....

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Why Politics and Religion Make Americans So Angry

Why Politics and Religion Make Americans So Angry

Acts 17:10-13 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining...

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I Am Charlottesville. And So Are You.

Charlottesville is on everyone's mind. And rightly so. Words have meanings, ideas have consequences, and people should stand up and fight the good fight wherever they see it. Plenty has been written and said about racism, the "alt-right," Christian responsibility, and...

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Bill Nye, Criticism, and The Church Community

Christian Criticism and Bill Nye A recent "article" was released on the Christian comedy site The Babylonian Bee calling into question Bill Nye's credibility as a scientist. This is the second such article from The Bee, the first playing on a Halloween theme. While...

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Coronavirus Action PlanWhat's happening at Sylvania

Corporate worship will happen at 10:20am, but there will be no Sunday school, children's church, childcare during corporate worship, or Wednesday night activities for the next two weeks.