My Wife’s Plea to Christian Men
Is it really that difficult? You would almost think that this one sin is beyond the power of the Holy Spirit.
Stop believing that this is a special sin that women just can’t understand—we do understand sin. This isn’t a special sin, it is just sin: God-belittling, Christ-mocking, Spirit-despising sin. Stop pretending like there are no future consequences to your actions. Stop putting your selfish desires first. Stop engaging in activities that bring shame on the... Continue Reading
Rebuilding Marriage Culture: A Fourfold Mission for the Church
The Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, redefining marriage everywhere in the United States, has left many of us wondering: What do we do now?
“Here I want to suggest four things the church in particular should do to help rebuild a strong marriage culture. After all, the church – either through action or inaction – will play a major role in the debate over the meaning of marriage.” The Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, redefining marriage... Continue Reading
Hacking “Ashley Madison” – A Pastoral Perspective
How will we in the church handle knowing who is on the list? What are we going to do about the members on the list?
The death of ministries, marriages, hopes and dreams now become nightmares. But in the midst of this “death march” we have good news. There is a Savior who, on the Cross, has won the victory over sin and removed the sting of death. By His amazing and transforming grace He can make roses of majesty... Continue Reading
Why They Hate Pro-Lifers So
It is always a good idea to stand in the other person’s shoes.
One of the stunningly obvious perceptions of those in favor of abortion is summarized by Harvard-educated Paul Swope: “Women do not see any ‘single’ good resulting from an unplanned pregnancy. Instead they must weigh what they perceive as three evils, namely, motherhood, adoption, and abortion.” The pro-life argument is overpoweringly clear to me. But... Continue Reading
9 Things You Should Know About Margaret Sanger
Margaret Sanger has repeatedly surfaced in the news the past few weeks
On a radio show, Sanger is reported to have said that “morons, mental defectives, epileptics, illiterates, paupers, unemployables, criminals, prostitutes, and dope fiends” ought to be surgically sterilized. If they wish, she said, such people should also be able to choose a lifelong segregated existence in labor camps. Due to a variety of current... Continue Reading
Christian Missions And The Spread Of Democracy
Protestant missionaries played an integral role in spreading democracy throughout the world. We could preserve our own if we learn from their ways.
Today we may think of missions as mere footnotes in the historical sweep of economics and ideology, but Woodberry argues that prior to the mid-twentieth century, “missionaries were the main source of information about life in the colonies.” It has long been evident to me that the most successful societies in the world are... Continue Reading
Hong Kong Christian Groups Feel New Scrutiny From Mainland
The attention from Beijing has raised concerns here about encroachment on Hong Kong’s autonomy
“As the government of President Xi Jinping has stepped up efforts to limit the influence of Christianity in the mainland, including a controversial campaign to take down crosses in parts of eastern China, the activities of some of Hong Kong’s churches have come under official scrutiny.” For years, the Rev. Philip Woo, the feisty... Continue Reading
Why We Fail at Family Devotions
I think the main reason we fail is that we make it too hard
“I am convinced a lot of people fail because we feel that Word and prayer are not enough. We read books and blogs by people who do so much more and feel that we do not measure up. We finish, see that only 5 minutes have elapsed, and feel like that can’t possibly be enough.”... Continue Reading
Can I Be Sure I’m Saved?
People struggling with assurance of salvation approach me and ask, “How can I know I am saved?"
It’s possible to love a caricature of Jesus rather than Jesus Himself. So when I ask people “Do you love Jesus at all?” I’m not asking whether they love a Christ who is a hero for kids or a Christ who is a good moral teacher. I’m asking whether they love the Christ who appears... Continue Reading
Ligonier Suspends R. C. Sproul Jr. Over Ashley Madison Visit
Reformed leader admits accessing adultery website 'in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity.'
“With the revelation of the hack has come the revelation of my sin. I recently informed the board of Ligonier Ministries, which has handled the matter internally, having suspended me until July 1, 2016,” he wrote. “I also informed my presbytery which is also handling the matter internally. And now the world is informed. My... Continue Reading
A Note to Christian Men
Their first reaction when an woman walks in is to look her up and down. A momentary evaluation which will decide whether she is worth a few more lingering looks and thoughts.
What does this tells us about these men – the “evaluators”? It tells us that the power of lust and desire for sexual gratification, even through brief visual stimulation, is compulsive and controlling. It is the most immediate and powerful impulse. Everything else, for that moment or two, becomes unimportant, in order to get a... Continue Reading
10 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Weariness
When we’re weary we can find fresh strength, joy and motivation in Christ.
Being a disciple of Jesus is hard. He said we must daily take up our cross and die to ourselves. He calls us to serve, love, and look to the interest of others. Following Jesus yields immeasurable joy, but we can also grow weary from day to day. Weary in parenting, weary in serving, weary... Continue Reading
Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
I’ve been noticing more and more strange teachings on femininity and biblical womanhood in the last couple of years.
I realized that the Ask Pastor John answer that I responded to last week basically comes right out of his teaching in Chapter One of RBMW. So I decided to skim over the chapter again. It has been shocking for me to reread this as a more mature woman. Some parts were actually quite unbelievable.... Continue Reading
The Three Functions Of The Law In The Christian Life
As Paul recognized in Romans 7, there remains a persistently difficult relationship between the justified, saved sinner and God’s holy law.
The law remains the law and we remain sinners. “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar” (1 John 1:10). The nomist thinks that, now that we have grace, we have no need of the gospel or that the gospel is only to help us obey the law. The antinomian thinks... Continue Reading
Pro-Choice or Pro-Options: On Leadership
Great leaders make tough choices and, in so doing, commit themselves to courses of action that can bring praise but also excoriation.
Much of the culture surrounding Christianity at the moment militates against the kind of commitment that making a choice, rather than merely having a choice, demands. The language of conversation, so popular in certain quarters, has a certain open-ended quality to it. Once upon a time, arguments and debates were designed for the express purpose... Continue Reading
Southern Baptists Will Cut 600 to 800 Missionaries and Staff
David Platt: International Mission Board overspent $210 million over last 6 years
The first of the cuts will come from voluntary retirements, followed by a restructuring. Overall, the IMB could release as many as 800 employees, according to an FAQ posted on the IMB’s website. Currently, the IMB has about 450 staff and about 4,700 missionaries overseas, down from 5,600 in 2009. Platt said earlier this year... Continue Reading
Doctors Advised My Mom to Abort Me
Quite literally, my mom gave her life for mine.
As a pastor, I am sensitive to the guilt of those who have had an abortion, knowing that God is a God of forgiveness and healing. My prayer is that more families, single moms and confused couples would have the courage and selflessness that my mom displayed to reach out for help. May we reclaim... Continue Reading
Killing Sin by the Spirit, Post 2 (Know and Live Your Identity in Christ)
Step 2 is to fully understand who you are in Christ and to begin living life out of a mindset that comes from your identity in Christ
You need to spend time meditating on passages like Colossians 3, Ephesians 2, Romans 6 and 1 Peter 2. These passages will help you solidify your understanding of your new identity in Christ. But do more than read and think. Pray. Sing. Worship God for your new identity in Christ. Then, as you’re living your... Continue Reading
China Honours Christian Missionary And Olympic Athlete Eric Liddell
British Olympic champion and missionary to China, Eric Liddell, has been honored with a statue in his native China.
The British educated athlete who was nicknamed ‘the flying Scotsman’ and born in Tianjin, returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher, where he mostly remained until his death in 1945, in a Japanese civilian internment camp. On Monday, the marble sculpture of Liddell, captured in mid-stride, was unveiled in Tianjin… ... Continue Reading
The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons
By imminent decline of contemporary worship music, I do not mean imminent disappearance.
“Contemporary worship” to me is an oxymoron. Biblically, worship is what angels and morning stars did before creation; what Abraham, Moses and the Levites, and the many-tongued Jewish diaspora at Pentecost did. It is what the martyrs, now ascended, do, and what all believers since the apostles have done. More importantly, it is what we... Continue Reading
Who Am I?
Knowing who we are as Scripture defines us
I am so grateful I have not been left to my own wisdom to understand who I am and who we are as human beings. What conflicting ideas exist among us! Thankfully, God’s Word makes sense of what would otherwise be senseless and random….the Word is robust enough to give clarity amidst the complexity. ... Continue Reading
A Review: ‘Perspectives On The Extent Of The Atonement: Three Views’
There is genuine profit in reading an exposition and defense of varying views that goes beyond the needs of the beginning student.
Carl Trueman defends “Definite Atonement,” arguing that Christ died with the intention of saving his elect. His essay consists of two primary planks: 1) The Particularity of Intention in Christ’s Saving Mission, and 2) The Objective Efficacy of Christ’s Work…. Grant Osborne defends the “General Atonement” view in a series of steps that Christ died for everyone,... Continue Reading
Why Aren’t Calvinists Pacifists?
Pacifism has gained much more traction among Anabaptists, and among liberal Catholics and Protestants, than among Reformed believers.
I am a Reformed evangelical Christian, and I am not a pacifist. I do not see a consistent pacifist requirement in Scripture, especially for rulers and governments. But Reformed Christians could use more skepticism about the wisdom and value of war, and about the aims of the nation in which they live. Why have so... Continue Reading
‘Conflict of Rights’: Christian University Takes Battle For Law School to B.C. Supreme Court
Trinity Western University is asking B.C. Supreme Court to overturn the society’s decision to deny accreditation to graduates.
The cases pit religious freedoms against same-sex equality rights, with each side arguing discrimination. Boonstra said Trinity’s covenant is central to the private university’s identity as an evangelical Christian institution. It enrols about 4,000 students annually. They are not screened for sexual orientation but must abide by the code of conduct. It asks students to... Continue Reading
S.C. Church’s Stance On Homosexuality Challenged
The South Carolina Baptist Convention asks First Baptist Greenville to either reverse its decision on marriage ceremonies, church membership and ordination to homosexuals or withdraw from the convention.
Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the church’s claim not to have made a decision on homosexuality “is theologically, biblically, morally and even logically incoherent. The church certainly did make a decision regarding homosexuality.” Mohler wrote in a blog post that SBC moderates’ refusal to affirm the doctrine of scriptural inerrancy... Continue Reading
Video Whistleblower: Planned Parenthood Does Some Good In Addition to ‘Things Like Fetal Trafficking’
Republican lawmakers have called for an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood
A vote to divert Planned Parenthood funding to community health centers and hospitals that do not perform abortions failed when Senate Democrats filibustered the legislation, although two of their colleagues voted with Republicans. “There would be absolutely no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health,” said Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) during... Continue Reading
Missions Without Discipleship Is Tourism
Making disciples must remain at the center of our efforts in obedience to God’s Great Commission.
Short-term teams, mercy ministries and missions supporters must help to refocus our missions efforts so the lost are directed into the disciple making process. These other aspects of missions are valuable in demonstrating God’s grace and mercy to the lost. Frequently, the lost can be directed to Christ through short-term or mercy ministry work. But,... Continue Reading
Three American Heroes On French Train Are Strong Christians
“They’re all Christians, they’re all very religious.”
Sadler is the son of a Baptist pastor in Sacramento, California. All three young men were childhood friends who attended California’s Freedom Christian School together and regularly played military games in their youth, according to the Gospel Herald…. Pastor Anthony Sadler, who ministers in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, told reporters that he believes his son and... Continue Reading
Augustines For The 21st Century
The church needs more pastors who write and preach top-notch theology
“Today,” Hiestand and Wilson write, “we find ourselves in a context where to be a theologian is, almost by definition, to be a professor in the academy. And to be a pastor is, almost by definition, to be anything but a theologian.” Most pastors act as “passive conveyors of insights from theologians to laity. A... Continue Reading
I’m Sick Of Your Moral Relativism
It’s time to quit waffling: Babies are humans at conception. Period.
“For those still clinging to their pro-choice flag, willingly ignorant of science, please know: Your moral relativism is nauseating in its consequences, annoying in its logical fallacies, and disgusting in its devastating effects on political and cultural debate.” For all their fervor, the center-left media still struggle to condemn Planned Parenthood for selling baby’s... Continue Reading