Christians Thrown Overboard By Obama
What do you call it when 12 men are drowned at sea for praying to Jesus? Answer: Religious persecution.
Religious persecution of Christians is rampant worldwide, as the Pew Research Center has noted, but nowhere is it more prevalent than in the Middle East and Northern Africa, where followers of Jesus are the targets of religious cleansing. Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the persecution and begged the world for help, but it has had... Continue Reading
My Father Was Gay. Why I Oppose Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage.
In Canada, parents experience state interference when it comes to moral values and teachings about family, parenting and sex education in schools.
When same-sex marriage passed in Canada in July 2005, parenting was immediately redefined, removing parentage from its biological origins. Canada’s gay marriage law, Bill C-38, included a provision to erase the term “natural parent” and replace it across the board with gender-neutral “legal parent” in federal law. Now, all children have “legal parents,” as defined... Continue Reading
Bells, Loneliness and Scripture
Same-sex marriage is one of the most divisive, burning issues in contemporary Western culture. It is important to get it right.
This is what Scripture is meant to do. It is written for our encouragement (Romans 15:4) and our “instruction” (1 Corinthians 10:11 cp. 2 Timothy 3:15). We ignore what Scripture teaches about God’s intention for human sexuality at our peril. We will end up in the lonely place of an imploded cultural wasteland with only... Continue Reading
Shepherding: The Rest Of The Story
Faithful shepherding will not only produce growing sheep, it will promote going sheep, deployed in service to and to the glory of the Chief Shepherd.
To say the Lord is my shepherd is to say more than the Lord is my guardian. It is to say the Lord is my captain, and He is the captain of others conscripted to serve with me. He leads me not only beside still water and into green pastures, he leads me into battle... Continue Reading
‘OPC Singles’: A Place for Singles in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church to Meet
Looking for that special someone? Committed to marrying in the Lord? If you are part of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, visit OPC Singles
Many smaller congregations seem to have too many single men or too many single women. But by making the pool of potential spouses a bit larger, Bressler believes that the Internet can increase fellowship with others by providing a godly environment for single adults in the OPC to meet and build God-blessed relationships. Looking... Continue Reading
Faith No More: How The British Are Losing Their Religion
Counter-cultural religion, Christian or Muslim, is thriving in the UK. But the God that many people still more or less believe in won’t be found in Church of England services
For the past two or three hundred years, at least since the civil war, most British Christianity has been like that. Then, in the last 50 years, it fell off a cliff.. In the last 30 years alone attendance at mainstream churches has just about halved. The way this has happened is also important: adults... Continue Reading
Josh Burns is one in a long line of parents jailed over shaken baby syndrome, an abuse diagnosis facing new scrutiny, fighting his guilty verdict
During Josh’s civil and criminal trials, a total of five doctors testified in his defense, arguing Naomi’s medical condition was not conclusive for abuse. They pointed to a crucial factor: Naomi’s traumatic birth. Brenda labored for four hours before hospital staff unsuccessfully attempted to extract Naomi with a vacuum device. When the baby finally emerged... Continue Reading
U.S. Military ‘Hostile’ To Christians Under Obama; Morale, Retention Devastated
Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly
Mr. Berry said he thinks the “hostile work environment” that is forcing the most religious persons out of the military is only getting worse, and that while in the past problems were mainly in the Air Force, religious liberty issues have spread throughout all the services. “The problem is getting worse, not better, despite our efforts,”... Continue Reading
Update on R.C. Sproul’s Health, Now Home
Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital
Nathan Bingham of Ligonier Ministries sent this update on Dr. Sproul’s health. Dr. Sproul is home from the hospital. As many of you know, he suffered a stroke, which required an extended hospital stay. We give thanks to God that there has been no paralysis and he remains his same jovial self. But there are... Continue Reading
Al-Shabab, Christian Persecution, and Psalm 23
Persecution of African (and Middle-Eastern) Christians continues to increase
“Today, I remember the Good Shepherd in light of the persecuted church. As I write, headlines tell of the murder of some 147 students in Kenya. At 5:30 AM on Thursday, April 2, students attending Garissa University College—a school seated near the Kenyan/Somali border—were battered by gunfire.” Persecution of African (and Middle-Eastern) Christians continues... Continue Reading
How could Christ be preached centuries before His coming?
“The Old Testament is filled with “ultrasounds” of the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, I believe–as our own David Murray has said–“on every page”, we will find our Savior, if we only have the eyes to see Him. He does however, appear in the rough and sometimes two-dimensional form that ultrasounds present our children in the... Continue Reading
Dangerous Calling – A Review
The book looks to expose the danger of hypocrisy in the life of the Pastor
“Paul Tripp, in his book Dangerous Calling, takes a look at Christian ministry from another angle. His contention is that there is something desperately wrong with ministers and ministry culture. The book is really trying to expose the danger of hypocrisy in the life of the Pastor. Many have found this book hugely helpful and... Continue Reading
Why Is Sola Fide So Important?
The Reformation was a return to the Word of God unencumbered by rationalist, a priori assumptions
“In the medieval and later Romanist program, God was said to recognize as just those who are completely sanctified. The Protestants rejected that scheme as contrary to the biblical teaching that sinners are justified by divine favor alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide) which rests and trusts in Christ alone as the Righteous One.”... Continue Reading
Calvin the Exegete
Calvin maintained a high view of the text and a mind for theological application
“When passages of Scripture are taken up at random, and no attention is paid to the context, we need not wonder that mistakes of this frequently arise. Yet it was an instance of very gross ignorance, to imagine that Lucifer was the king of devils, and that the Prophet gave him this name. But as... Continue Reading
Using Your Tongue for God’s Glory
These practices will help us use our tongues in positive ways and teach our children to do the same
“We can counter the effect of a bad tongue by modeling a good tongue. We should speak honestly but lovingly. Also, we should speak kind words to others and go out of our way to compliment people who deserve it. How many times have we complimented our children this past week? How often did we... Continue Reading
Don’t Be Scared off From Reading the Puritans
Reading the Puritans is good for the mind, heart, and soul
“I have been leading my small group through one of these works, The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes. It is a Christian classic for a reason. If you haven’t read it, buy a copy and reward your soul.” Many are scared off from reading the Puritans thinking they are too difficult to read. Others... Continue Reading
The Seed of Divorce
The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage
“It may be that in your marriage, you have allowed the seed of divorce to grow. Perhaps it has already put down roots and is digging in. Maybe it has already poked its head through the soil and begun to grow to full bloom. Do not despair. There is still hope for your marriage. A... Continue Reading
The Creedal Imperative
A review of Carl Trueman's book on the need for creeds and confessions
Thus, my response to the biblicist pastor would simply be this: do not precipitately abandon creedal formulations which have been tried and tested over centuries by churches all over the world in favor of your own ideas. On the whole, those who reinvent the wheel invest a lot of time either to come up with... Continue Reading
Grace, the Two Covenants, and Merit
Mark Jones' posts regarding grace as pertains to the covenants of works and grace raise some perennial questions in covenant theology.
This is why the clear commitment in our confessional tradition to the two-covenant scheme, in which the covenants of works and grace are categorically distinguished and contrasted is so important to theological discussions of merit and grace. The two covenant scheme of the Westminster Standards has been absolutely essential in combating the Neonomianism of both Norman Shepherd and... Continue Reading
Truth in Beauty: Cinderella and Frozen
Sacrificial love. Redemption. Forgiveness. In Disney movies? Yes!
Movies have power. It’s refreshing to see that power used to portray truth with such stirring beauty and artistry. I’m glad these are my daughter’s favorite movies. They’re teaching her to have courage, to be kind, to forgive and to put others ahead of herself. Not bad for Disney! This past Friday night,... Continue Reading
Perspective is Key
Seven thoughts on perspective that will help us stay the course in ministry and to learn contentment
We are being sanctified through our suffering. One of the chief ways that God grows His people is through suffering. The writer of Hebrews ties together the suffering that the Hebrew Christians are enduring with the loving chastening of God (Heb. 12:3-11). They were tempted to turn back to a ritualistic religion that avoided suffering, but... Continue Reading
Why Following Your Heart Is a Really Bad Idea
There’s a difference between following your heart and being led by God
This is the method that God has given us in making decisions when asking those all-important questions: What should I do? When should I stay, or when should I go? When do I speak up, and when do I listen? Jesus has given us His Spirit. The Spirit (our Helper) that now dwells inside of... Continue Reading
The true test of friendship is when life gets messy.
When a friend is suffering and their life is falling to pieces or when they are trapped in sin and the fallout is great or when there is conflict and unkind words or when they’ve hit a wall in their faith, that’s when friendship gets messy. And how we react to seeing our friend at their worst shows more... Continue Reading
Fire? No. Repentance? Yes.
It is a sadly misguided practice to be silent in calling sinners out of their sin supposing to do so is unloving.
The souls of men and women are at stake. Certainly we must meet sinners with kindness and compassion. We must remember that we are saved sinners whose only hope is the mercy of a sovereign and gracious God. Thankfully I see a great deal of kindness in the church. But I do not understand how... Continue Reading
On Jonathan Crombie, Gilbert Blythe, Anne Shirley, and Stay at Home Daughters
Part of what drew me to Gilbert was his love of the opinionated, strong and gifted Anne Shirley
Any Christian man worth his salt is going to want a strong woman who will confront him in love when he is wrong. In fact, I would counsel any young woman contemplating marriage to a man who doesn’t encourage this to run far, far away! Any Christian man should want his wife to be confident... Continue Reading
From DG Hart on Can Humans Merit Before God
Do you really want to position yourself as Norman Shepherd 2.0?
Does Jones really want to maintain that the fathers of the reformation, who together wrote the Protestant Creeds, along with all their spiritual sons, men like Turretin, Hodge, Berkhof, and John Murray, have all misread Scripture and have all misunderstood the doctrine of justification by faith alone? Those of us who read you fear that... Continue Reading
Wife of American Pastor Saeed Abedini Says Prison Guards in Iran Say He Will Never Go Free Until He Denies Christ
Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned for more than two and a half years for his faith; guards say that he will never be freed unless he renounces Jesus Christ.
According to the pastor’s wife, her husband thanks all the people who have be working to support him through his imprisonment. “He wanted to thank you all for your continued prayers. Knowing that he is not forgotten and believers around the world continue to remember him in prayer and advocate for him has encouraged him... Continue Reading
ISIS and The USA In Review
ISIS is the latest contemporary Muslim movement designed to impose Sharia Law through a world-wide Theocratic Fascist Islamic Caliphate.
It is also right for us, as our Lord’s church, to send our sons and daughters with the Sword of the Spirit and the Gospel to encourage His people and to reach His enemies. While remembering we too, were enemies of Christ when the Gospel came to us through His people proclaiming Jesus who will... Continue Reading
First Presbyterian, Columbus, GA, Separation Proposal Defeated
A proposal for First Presbyterian Church to separate from the PC (USA) failed Sunday. April 19, 2015, by eight votes.
The 900-member congregation, which has been divided over gay marriage and other doctrinal issues, voted 266 to 146 in favor of the measure. But the number fell short of the 274 votes needed for dismissal from the denomination, which required a two-thirds vote. Some members were seeking to separate from the national denomination, which has... Continue Reading
“Religion in the Oval Office”: An Interview
An interview with Dr. Gary Scott Smith on his new book, “Religion in the Oval Office”
I want readers to understand that faith matters. It significantly shapes the thought and actions of many Americans. Few of their biographers have recognized how powerfully their faith affected our chief executives. Only a handful of scholars have comprehended how much the religious convictions of presidents helped shape their policies. Editor’s note: The “V&V... Continue Reading