The Reformation And The Men Behind It
Under the guiding hand of God, the world scene had been uniquely prepared for the Reformation
“What factors led to the Protestant Reformation? Where was the Reformation born? How did this powerful movement come about? Where did it spread? Who were the key leaders who stoked its flames? What biblical truths were unleashed on the world at this time? To begin to answer these questions, we must focus in on those... Continue Reading
Paul McCartney, Jesus, And The End of All Things
While singing along at the top of my lungs, I was gripped by a dense embrace of my mortality
“Days are coming when there will be a McCartney-less world, a Tom Cannon-less world and a you-less world. That’s more than OK. Days are coming when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, where God makes all things new and Jesus will say, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the... Continue Reading
Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who’s Yours?
There are a lot of adults walking around in our world who don't have a "best friend"
“I make it a point to have regular conversations with my best friend. We arrange our schedules so that even though we live in different states, we see one another on a regular basis and are able to share all of life that we can with one another. I am as blessed by this friendship... Continue Reading
A Great Reward
God’s Word is precious, pleasurable, protective, and profitable. What a gift it is!
“For weeks now I have been in one of those periods, and it has been a joy and a delight to spend time in the Word and to pray. And in this time I’ve been drawn to parts of Scripture that rejoice in Scripture. I was recently transfixed by Psalm 19 and David’s sheer joy... Continue Reading
When Your Husband’s Heart Is Hard
For a wife in a difficult circumstance, it’s vital that she continually ask the Lord for wisdom
“If you are waiting for your husband for whatever reason, first of all, your sorrow is legitimate. It is extremely hard. But none of your tears or prayers will be wasted. There is great value in your waiting, praying, hoping, and surrendering. God desires to work in your marriage, but it may begin with you.”... Continue Reading
Why Are So Many Middle-Aged Men Falling Into Sexual Sin?
Religious authorities are watching the chilling increase of moral failures in their ranks
“Two weeks ago I sat with a pastor of a megachurch who explained the unraveling of his former assistant’s deceptive adulterous involvement with numerous women in numerous cities over the past few years. A married man with children and set to be the future senior pastor, yet he threw it all away for the “temporary... Continue Reading
In talking about Christian persecution, we need to put things in a proper perspective
“Could it be then that by invoking the language of persecution Christians are simply showing their desire to get in the line of victims? After all, this is the recent and easy way to achieve status in the United States, namely, to show that you are the object of oppression (even to the point of... Continue Reading
‘This Is Not About Me’
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly thanks ‘compassionate, merciful God’, urges believers to help Africa
“I assure you that the reality on the ground in West Africa is worse than the worst report you’ve seen,” he said. “And our attention and our efforts need to be on loving the people there, on praying for them the way that so many of you prayed for me.” He urged followers of Christ to... Continue Reading
When Your Husband Is Addicted To Pornography
The book is not a manual on how to fix your husband, it is also more specifically geared for encountering the first level of sexual addiction, which is pornography
“While I’m glad to see more and more resources available for men who struggle with sexual sin, their suffering wives have not had much available to them. And I have had more friends than I’d like to number who have been in this painful struggle–When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography. Of course, the gospel... Continue Reading
Yes, Restore Mark Driscoll. But to What?
Maybe Driscoll is simply not pastoral material.
Since when does welcoming someone back to fellowship mean that you have to welcome him back to a post he abused? What’s wrong with a pew, even up front if he wants it? But just a pew? Laity, as the kids might say if the idea ever entered their heads, rocks! The verse Morris cites... Continue Reading
The Psalmist Tells Us – Sing!
God created music for the good of his people.
I don’t know about you, but I find that during phases of spiritual dehydration, the night is the hardest part of the day. It’s probably because I don’t have any activities to distract my brain; I’m forced to lie in bed and think about all the different elements that are contributing to my depression. What... Continue Reading
God is Always at Work
If you find yourself in a season of darkness, you are not all alone.
God is always at work. This is a glorious truth that all believers need to carry in their heart. Nothing that we experience, no tear that we shed, no pain that we endure, no sin that we commit, gets wasted in God’s economy. He uses it all to change us into the likeness of his... Continue Reading
Affections and Emotions
How does one order his affections and thereby begin to control his emotions?
By nature, mankind lives in the passions of their flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and are by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Properly ordering one’s affections, therefore, is impossible for those who are outside of Christ. But, for the Christian – the one who has been born again,... Continue Reading
8 Causes of Pastoral Ministry Slump
The pastoral ministry slump is subjective if not vague. But it's real. And every pastor experiences it.
The “slump” metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games. But pastors can get in slumps as well. Admittedly they... Continue Reading
On Pastoral (Dis)qualification and Other Things
There are a set of very specific and detailed qualifications that are necessary - not optional - for any man who would be an under-shepherd of any flock of God.
I thankfully acknowledge that, mercifully, and to the best of our knowledge, Mark has not been guilty of “immorality, illegality and heresy.” Nevertheless, I protest that this is not the issue in the matter of pastoral qualification and disqualification. The presence of scandalous and often public sin would certainly disqualify any man from ministry at... Continue Reading
When “Biblical” is Just Another Hashtag
Putting it another way, we’re already pretty sure we’re right, so we try to pull the Bible in on our side.
And the problem, of course, is that the ideas just come from our own brains, not the Bible. I’m afraid, sometimes, that because whole generations of us grew up knowing all the Bible stories backwards and forwards, we go into life with the unspoken assumption that “if I’m pretty sure it’s right, it’s biblical.” But... Continue Reading
When Dad Doesn’t Disciple the Kids
In homes where dad is spiritually absent, I believe mom is called both to pray and to act.
In the absence of dad’s help, move forward to fill the gap. Without vilifying dad, simply begin having the conversationsnecessary to guide your children safely to adulthood. Continue to pray for dad. Continue to invite him periodically to join the conversation. Continue to honor him by committing to speak well of him to your children.... Continue Reading
5 Bad Substitutes for Discipline
Five poor substitutes that fail to address the heart.
There is nothing easy about parenting, and nothing easy about the responsibility of training our children in obedience through discipline. Because discipline is unpopular and unpleasant, parents often find themselves looking for substitutes. In her book Parenting Against the Tide, Ann Benton lists five poor substitutes for disciplining our children—five poor substitutes that fail to... Continue Reading
California Orders Churches to Fund Abortions – Or Else
A regulatory change in California has placed abortion in the category of ‘basic health services’ all insurance plans must cover. Even those that churches buy.
Several other California churches have received similar notices from their insurers, and others will follow. While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate, there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate. This leaves California churches in the illogical and impossible position of being free... Continue Reading
10 Reasons I Quit Competitive Parenting
Resigning from the sport of competitive parenting
So there you have it: just ten of the reasons why I feel like I’m losing at this sport of competitive parenting. So I’m done. I quit. I’m exhausted and just can’t do it anymore….To the rest of you parents who are as tired of the rat race as I am, won’t you join me... Continue Reading
When Jesus Calls You Satan
We sin like Peter when we refuse to accept those mysterious and hard-to-swallow truths
So what is Peter’s error? What is Peter’s sin? What was Peter’s thinking that smelled like smoke and resulted in the reprimand of Christ, “Get behind me, Satan!” Peter’s error is his refusal to accept persecution, pain, destruction, and death as part of God’s best plan for advancing His glory and expanding His Kingdom. Peter... Continue Reading
The Defense of Marriage Isn’t Over
The Supreme Court’s action is a setback for sound constitutional self-government and for a healthy marriage culture. So where do we go from here?
Whatever the law or culture may say, we must commit now to witness to the truth about marriage: that men and women are distinct and complementary, that it takes a man and a woman to bring a child into the world, and that children deserve a chance to grow up with a mom and a... Continue Reading
Leadership: American Style
The flaws of two men who excelled due to their charisma and ability to connect with “the people” : Bill Clinton and Mark Driscoll
The similarities between Clinton and Driscoll’s trajectories to leadership should disturb us, for they reveal something troubling about the nature of “successful” church leadership in American evangelical circles. The common denominator is an ability to communicate effectively, connecting with the people through dynamic speaking and charismatic leadership. Such skills cover a multitude of sins in... Continue Reading
The D-word Is Coming To A Campus Near You
Colleges continue to kick Christian clubs off campus for ‘discrimination’ in leadership
Where do legitimate limits of “sameness” end? In campus life—or public life, for that matter—what makes for healthy diversity? If universities are one of our foremost training grounds for citizenship, and if their purpose is not only to prepare students to earn a living but also to live well amidst a diverse democracy, how should... Continue Reading
Reconciliation or Justice?
We can't have reconciliation in its truest sense without justice
Forgiveness does not mean leaving the helpless undefended, and the refusal to call power to the acknowledgement of truth and justice is an abandonment of the very ones God calls us to champion. Oppression hides behind self-justification, excuses, rules, systems, etc. Truth must dismantle everything that allows unjust outcomes and love must bridge the breach... Continue Reading
An Ontology of Marriage
Marriage is “between a man and a woman,;” it’s better to define it as being between a “husband and wife;” this is closer to a tautology and analytically true
A husband without a wife is a contradiction — it is ontological nonsense. A wife without a husband is impossible — an ontological absurdity. A marriage without a husband or a wife is a contravention — an ontological irrationality. A female husband or a male wife, likewise, falls into the category of the absurd. And... Continue Reading
Single Americans Are Rapidly Multiplying
Although the number of divorced, separated, or widowed singles has increased since the 1970s, the larger increase, from 22.1 percent to more than 30 percent, came from a growing number of singles who never marry, Yardeni found. Some argue this increase is the result of more couples deciding to cohabitate instead of marry. (WNS)–Singles... Continue Reading
Mars Hill Church Board of Elders: Mark Driscoll Resigned Instead of Entering a Restoration Plan
More questions over Mark Driscoll's resignation
This statement does not address the reasons Driscoll was asked to step away from the pulpit. Did the BoE report disqualify him or not? Having a restoration plan certainly sounds like disqualification. From what would Driscoll need to be restored, if not disqualification? Since the congregation is footing the bill for the severance, shouldn’t they... Continue Reading
Hillsong: We Haven’t Shifted After All
Is it wrong to expect the pastor of one of the world’s most influential churches to have a sound theology of sexuality and marriage—and to offer it when asked?
I think this is a teaching moment for Christian leaders. The refusal to speak clearly when asked remains a problem, which is what precipitated this to begin with. Given that this issue may be the hottest cultural topic and given the swiftness with which society and, increasingly, the courts have accepted gay marriage, prominent Christian... Continue Reading
Pick on Someone Your Own Size
Thoughts on "domestic discipline"
I knew someone once who told me (quite unashamedly) that he did this, on the alleged basis that the Bible encourages it. Ephesians says marriage is like the relationship between Christ and the church, he told me. And since Christ disciplines the church, ergo he should physically discipline his wife, especially when she was displeasing... Continue Reading