COVID-19 and Our Manner of Life

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by milan degraeve

A Pastoral Plea Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do announcements well. The previous section was to give information that the elders feel is necessary for the saints at Mercy Hill, but I do want to make a quick plea. Philippians 4:4-7 says, 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let […]

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 […]

Sola Gratia

By: Blake McCollough Photo by Maria Teneva

In the tradition of the reformation, followers of Christ for centuries have used the phrase “Sola Gratia” or “grace alone” to describe the salvation purchased by Christ for all who believe.  This belief is that salvation, from beginning to end, is based in the free gift of God’s grace to undeserving sinners. In the cross […]

Sola Scriptura

By: Lawson Harlow Photo by T Steele

What makes us protestant? Many people believe that the birth of the protestant reformation came from Martin Luther’s understanding of Sola Fide, the belief that salvation is by faith alone. While that is not wholly inaccurate it is, to some degree, placing the cart before the horse. To stick with the metaphor, the horse that […]