Baptism and the Table

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Tim Wildsmith

“Baptism and the Lord’s supper are two of the greatest blessings that God has given to the church.”  I have heard that exact statement multiple times in my life. I know the men who said those words believe them to be true, but while growing up in the church I lived in a type of […]

Necessities of Worship

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Michael Maasen

Christians are commanded to worship.  But what does that mean? People are, in a general way, worshippers, but not all worship is pleasing to God. God is not pleased by any and all worship for much worship is an expression of idolatry. Is the worship that flows from the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City […]

My Only Hope in Life and in Death

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Clay Banks

“What is your only hope in life and in death?” I will never forget the first question of the Heidelberg Catechism. This question, which is beautifully answered in the Catechism, birthed forth worship in my soul like few other things have. This is not because there is anything supernatural about the question, but because the […]

Why am I a Supernaturalist?

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Steven Wright

We live in a time and place that is wildly materialist. If it cannot be engaged by the senses then it is immediately thrown into the garbage bin as superstition or pseudo-science. As our culture has scientifically advanced, those who had been actively suppressing the truth by their unrighteousness (Rom 1:18-20) were given a new […]

Examination of a Shadow: Adoption

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Guillaume de Germain

My favorite part of the Christian life is examining the shadows. Normally this means examining the scriptures, especially the Old Testament, and seeing the sweet outlines of Christ throughout each and every story. God has used these shadows in my life to grow me in my understanding of the gospel and my love for Jesus. […]

Learning in Absence

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Sincerely Media

My life has been built around the Lord’s day for as long as I’ve been alive. It was and is the constant in my life. Monday through Saturday is subject to variation of change but Sundays were always astonishingly consistent. I have known the value of Lord’s day worship for as long as I’ve been […]

COVID-19 and Our Manner of Life

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by milan degraeve

Edit: As of March 14th we have cancelled service at the request of our governing authorities. We will communicate with our congregation concerning our meeting times in the following days. “May your reasonableness be made know to everyone, the Lord is at hand.” A Pastoral Request Due to the concern of COVID-19, I wanted to […]

A Woman’s High Calling

By: Nannette Johnston Photo by Henry Be

All ages of sisters in Christ will flow through the doors at Mercy Hill Church tonight.  It’s book club and we are looking forward to our time together.  We are a diverse group with many different ways that we spend our days and weeks but we all share one high calling: Christian woman.  Laughter and […]

Death and Its Hope

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Dyu – Ha

I have had death look me in the face three times. The first was on a beach in the Bahamas as a ten-foot Lemon shark swam up to me with an open mouth (I am alive today only because my Dad was somehow able to throw me onto shore from a distance that, I am […]

Sola Fide

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by Harley-Davidson

Sola gratia goes hand in hand with Sola fide. These two doctrines are often combined with Solus Christus and Soli Deo Gloria in one sentence to articulate the formula for the protestant view of salvation. The phrase goes like this, “We are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory […]