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We are a reformed evangelical congregation worshipping the Triune God.

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We are located in the heart of Cary in the Commonwealth office park, right behind Goodberry’s. Though we are located in Cary, North Carolina we have members who live in neighboring cities such as Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Moncure, and Fuquay-Varina.

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In Praise of Bookish Christians

One of the most popular criticisms made against Reformed Christians and pastors is that they put way too much emphasis on learning, reading and teaching and way too little emphasis on “real ministry”. Now “real ministry” is defined in a number of ways by these critics, but the allegation routinely leveled against us from many quarters of Christendom is “there is no problem too big for us to recommend a book for.”nerd

Is there any merit to this charge, and if so, how should we answer it?

My first response is that I really wish it were true. I am afraid that the stereotype of the well-read studious Reformed Christian is nothing more than a gross caricature. There are a few men and women I know who might fit that description, but I fear that the reality is that only a fraction of people in the Reformed world really care about or make the time to pursue any kind of study outside of Sunday morning worship. It is obvious that for the most part, people are not reading, they are not making time for any extra pursuit of Biblical or theological knowledge and they are satisfied to drift along not growing or maturing in any significant way. Read more

Cheap Happy Endings

I think I’m ready to come out and say it. I don’t like stories with happy endings. If you know me, you know I love stories. I really enjoy novels, and movies, and even well-done television series. I have have argued for the indispensable value of stories and defended fiction in many places. Students of the Bible and pastors especially must embrace and enjoy good stories. Stories train us to understand the narrative of the Bible. They stretch our imagination in all kinds of helpful ways. They allow us to live out other people’s lives, to syThe_Dangers_Of_Artificial_Sweeteners-mpathize with other sinners to see and appreciate God’s creation at different levels and from different angles. Stories are good for us.

But I’ve gotten to the place where I’m bored with stories that have happy endings. I don’t mean that you have to agree with me, or that you can’t enjoy them, and I may come back around and find some enjoyment in them some day. Yet for now I’ve come to the conclusion that most of today’s stories that have happy endings are false stories. They don’t picture the world the way it really is. They don’t properly account for the wickedness and the depravity of man. They don’t deal with the depth or the width or the height of God’s mercies because mercy in these stories, when it comes, is trite. Cheap grace is easy and light. It’s never painful, and never demands anything of anyone. Read more

Upcoming Events

11th Annual Walk for Life

May 1, 2016 12:00 pm

GenNXT – Christian Student Camp

June 13, 2016 1:00 pm

4th Annual Wrenn Drive Block Party

June 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Christ Church Annual Picnic at Jordan Lake

September 17, 2016 11:00 am

2016 Harvest Ball

October 22, 2016 6:30 pm

Four Promises, Four Warnings – Duane Garner

Luke 6:12-26

In Luke 6, Jesus ascends a mountain to pray to the Father, and descends with His twelve newly-appointed leaders to deliver a message of blessings and curses to His people. Jesus is very obviously presenting Himself as the Greater Moses with His twelve new tribal heads, leading His people on a new Exodus, out of the slavery of death into the Promised Land of resurrection life.

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The Lord of the Sabbath – Duane Garner

Luke 6:1-11

Knowing that His accusers would find fault with the way that He observed the Sabbath, Jesus deliberately seeks confrontation with them by healing in the synagogue on the holy day. In this way, He draws them out and exposes their motives so that they can be seen for what they really are. In this story we see echoes of David, of Psalm 137, of Moses in Pharoah’s court, and of King Jeroboam cursing the prophets.

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New Wine, New Wineskins – Duane Garner

Luke 5:27-36

We are familiar with the incompatibility of new things and old things, and are often frustrated by the way things that seem like they should work together do not function the way we expect. Jesus draws on this experience in His parable of the old cloth and the new patch, the new wine and the old wineskin.

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