Happy 1660th Birthday: Augustine’s Enduring Appeal Is His Personal Passion for the Living Lord
Of the hundreds of thousands of published Christian writers over the centuries since the Scripture books were completed, none have had a level of influence like Augustine
“At the time of his new birth in Christ, Augustine had already become convinced of the truth of the Gospel for months. In Milan where Augustine was living at the time, the local Bishop Ambrose convinced Augustine that the arguments against the Gospel were weak, and that the Gospel in fact answered all the crucial... Continue Reading
A Romantic View Of Ministry
This is not to exalt one man over against another; it is the office that is exalted
“There is a danger for men who are pursuing ministry to fall into what some have called “a romantic view of ministry.” Recognizing the high call of the pastorate, and knowing that God is doing His greatest work in the world through His ministers in the church (Eph. 3:10), many have come to embrace faulty views of... Continue Reading
On the Word, Wittenberg Beer, and Christian vs Islamic Expansion
The use of force is unnecessary and unfruitful for the successful expansion of God's kingdom
“Luther discovered a perfect example of the Word’s ability to grow God’s kingdom sans a baton or baseball bat in his own experience of the preceding years. “I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept, or... Continue Reading
She Is A Public Nuisance
Of these two neighbors, which is more to be pitied? Which of the two lives under the greater delusion?
“One of my neighbors is succumbing to age and infirmity and living in a sad fantasy. The other is willfully blinding himself to the most obvious reality in the world—that he and all that he sees and experiences have been made and formed by the Creator. He, by far, is most to be pitied because... Continue Reading
11 Things You Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease
Here are 10 things to remember about Alzheimer’s and caregiving
“Many caregivers report feeling abandoned by their church families. Once they are unable to get to church on Sunday, they can feel forgotten. One pastor noted, “Sometimes I think the church has an Alzheimer’s of it’s own,” referring to our tendency to forget those who are no longer present on Sunday. Many caregivers long for... Continue Reading
Why Did Jesus Have To Die? (Part 2)
We say that it was a satisfaction for sin owed to the justice of God
“Of course the Scriptures clearly teach that justice is. Our Lord made a covenant of works, a covenant of nature, a covenant of life conditioned upon obedience to his law. He said that we might eat from any of the trees in the garden but one. They day we ate from that tree “You shall... Continue Reading
Apologetics: Basic Approaches
There are three basic approaches or schools of what is called “apologetics”
“Numerous weaknesses to each of these arguments have been made. For our purposes here, the most important one is that none of them necessarily leads to the one true God who has revealed himself uniquely in Scripture and in his Son. These classical arguments can lead to a general concept of God; but at some... Continue Reading
The True Reformers
Mere men are not the true reformers, but rather they are stewards and servants of God’s reformation
“Fundamentally, Reformed theology is theology founded on and fashioned by God’s Word. For it is God’s Word that forms our theology, and it is we who are reformed by that theology as we constantly return to God’s Word every day and in every generation. At its core, this is what the sixteenth-century Reformation was all... Continue Reading
A Brief Note On Texas Church Property Court Cases
There was a brief ripple on the church property legal front this past week as the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal regarding the Episcopal Church cases
“The Texas case is the one I discussed recently where the Texas Supreme Court overturned the summary judgement granted to the mainline Episcopal Church in the lower courts based on it being a hierarchical denomination. The Texas decision then sent it back down to the trial court for a full hearing on neutral principals but... Continue Reading
Liberal “Christianity” Reveals Its Soul and Bares Its Fangs
There are two reasons why the Islamic Friday prayers at the Episcopal National Cathedral on November 14, 2014, was strictly a form of religious non-sense.
The future struggle for religious truth will involve not only the historic confrontation between Gospel truth and the pagan lie but will increasingly divide Christendom, pitting “Christians” who have abandoned the Gospel and have joined with God-denying paganism, against Christians who defend biblical truth. The Church’s conflict with non-Christian religions is to be expected.... Continue Reading
The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture
This passage is the basis for the great Reformation doctrine of sola fide–the idea that we are saved by faith alone and not by the works of the law.
What is it that solves the problem of our sins? “A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the law…through faith in Jesus Christ” (3:21-22). Luther referred to these verses as “the center of the whole Bible.” Martin Lloyd Jones called it “the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture.” ... Continue Reading
The Joy Of Not Being So Intentional…
If being intentional means over-thinking, second guessing, guilt-baring, people pleasing parenting and all-around doing life, then this lady has left the room.
I know my grandparents generation was by no means perfect and they could probably have used a little more intentionality in their parenting. And I don’t doubt there was still gossip, slander and judgment between friends and neighbors as sin has no generational bounds. But I imagine the scale was not nearly as far-reaching as... Continue Reading
Pitting Holiness Against Holiness
Is justification better than sanctification?
Of course Jesus comes first; of course we are nothing but sinful wretches without him; of course good works do not save us and we have no confidence in them for that. But for us to say that the good works are therefore not “better” than that which makes them possible seems to forget that... Continue Reading
The Aggressive Agenda of Unbelief
Biologos has as its mission to spread the message that the Bible cannot be relied upon as a trustworthy guide to human origins
Perhaps you are thinking, “Wait a minute, if there was no first Adam then Jesus isn’t the Second Adam. If there was no fall then that has massive implications for the gospel itself.” Exactly. In fact, some of the men who have been associated with Biologos and written for them, like Pete Enns (Eastern University)... Continue Reading
Your Soul Needs the Breath of God’s Grace
God's grace is like the air I breathe. I can't live without it, and I can't take it for granted.
We can do nothing apart from Christ. Nothing. The air we breathe, the very life we’ve been given comes from God’s hand (Acts 17:25). It’s not only our salvation that comes by grace, but also our sanctification and our perseverance in faith as well. It’s God’s grace from beginning to end. Like our bodies are... Continue Reading
Who Do You Say That I Am?
The question is doubly crucial in our day because not every Jesus is the real Jesus.
There’s Hippie Jesus who teaches everyone to give peace a chance, imagine a world without religion, and helps us remember all you need is love. There’s Yuppie Jesus who encourages us to reach our full potential, reach for the stars, and buy a boat. There’s Spirituality Jesus who hates religion, churches, pastors, priests, and doctrine;... Continue Reading
Are Rewards a Valid Motivation for Sanctification?
Are punishments and rewards biblically consistent with the idea of God's saving grace?
In considering the many biblical passages that speak of a future evaluation of believers’ lives, the overwhelming emphasis lies on the side of rewards. This is not surprising, since Jesus paid the penalty for our sins in his atoning death. Since there will be no tears, mourning, or crying in heaven (Rev. 21:4), Christians may... Continue Reading
The Old Testament God
It has become rather commonplace to denigrate the God of the Old Testament (usually assuming from the outset that He is a different God than the God of the New Testament).
From the standpoint of one who believes in the Old Testament God, I find God to be amazingly consistent, and the very farthest thing from arbitrary. I will say this: just because God does not always explain His reason for doing such and such a thing, does not mean that a reason is non-existent. He... Continue Reading
Sunday Schooling Our Kids Out of Church
We've essentially “Sunday-Schooled” our children out of church—because we never assimilated them into church. We never “church-broke” them.
…we shifted kids out of the main worship experience, en-culturated them in their own program, and robbed them of any touch points with the rest of the body of Christ. Another way of saying it: by segregating our kids out of worship, we never assimilated them into the life of the congregation. They had no... Continue Reading
Prominent Protestant Pastors Vow To No Longer Perform Government Marriages
Two Protestant pastors, concerned about rapidly-changing government definitions of marriage, have started a movement encouraging priests and ministers to refuse to perform civil marriages
“….My main reason for saying this is simple: Marriage — the lifelong union between a man and woman for the sake of mutual support and, God permitting, the bearing and raising of children — is a universal human estate, bound to God’s creative and redemptive will. Regardless of the civil state’s views on the matter,... Continue Reading
Gay-Rights Campaign Invokes Religion in the South
The nation’s largest gay advocacy group launched a faith-based campaign in Mississippi in mid-November
The campaign is part of HRC’s Project One America, an initiative announced this spring to win support for the LGBT agenda in Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi. HRC is spending $8.5 million on the project and says All God’s Children will cost an initial $310,000. A study commissioned by HRC and cited in their campaign fact... Continue Reading
When Christian News Reporting is All Three
World has not been irresponsible; it merely reports how other public figures within evangelicalism have been irresponsible
A typical knee-jerk reaction to bad news is to blame the messenger. And if World had been malicious in its intent, biased in its reporting, and taunting in its editorializing, then we’d all have had cause for complaint. However, reporting bad news is not, in and of itself, bad or wrong. Across most of the journalistic... Continue Reading
10 Traits of Healthy, Tenured Pastors
Traits of healthy, tenured pastors and leaders
Long-tenured pastors don’t necessarily mean a church will be healthy. But several short-term ones almost guarantee it’s not. Praying daily for your congregation will not only give you a heart for your people but a spiritual and relational connection you would otherwise miss. Long-tenured pastors don’t necessarily mean a church will be healthy. But... Continue Reading
About Being Unfriendly
Unfriendliness is related to being selfish
Friendliness in itself is not holiness; it is sometimes a mask for hidden agendas and a palliative for a conscience that hides other iniquities. “I may be a monster, but at least I am nice to strangers and puppies,” the hedonist and serial killer might say. However, in the kingdom of Christ selfishness is not... Continue Reading
Christian Publisher Splits Conservative, Progressive Imprints
The Crown Publishing Group announced changes to its organizational structure designed to satisfy criticisms it had not remained true to biblical teaching
With Cobb retiring as president in March, Crown announced the appointments of new, separate vice presidents for WaterBrook Multnomah and Convergent. The new vice president of WaterBrook Multnomah, Alexander Field, comes from David C Cook, another Christian publishing company in Colorado Springs, Colo. Convergent will relocate to New York City under the leadership of David... Continue Reading
Adopting or Rejecting the World’s Way?
When God’s people adopt culturally acceptable practices they can have disastrous results
What the church of the Lord Jesus has and needs is the worship of the Triune God through the preached word and the administration of the sacraments around which she praises and prays. When churches start to think that they must look like a smaller version of the civil government in all its programs or any business... Continue Reading
Is Houston Still Targeting Pastors’ Sermons?
Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s legal team may request more sermons and private correspondence from two African-American pastors named as plaintiffs in the suit against the city
“The city will move to compel documents from the plaintiffs who filed this lawsuit and who have refused to produce any documents in response to the city’s requests,” lawyers claimed in a court document filed Friday. The city’s lawyers pledge to refocus all of their pressure on the plaintiffs, rather than other petition organizers, according... Continue Reading
Always Abusing Semper Reformanda
There is much truth in the slogan the church reformed, always reforming, but it was never intended to become a license for corrupting the Reformed faith.
The Reformation churches have some wonderful slogans that are chock full of important truths. Sometimes, however, these slogans can be misconstrued, misreported, and misunderstood. With the possible exception of sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone), none of these slogans has been mangled more often toward greater mischief than ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda (the church reformed, always... Continue Reading
12 Struggles Singles Face
Twelve struggles that must be faced at different stages and to different degrees
Remember Jesus was able to live 33 single years, tempted in all points like as you are, and yet without sin. He is therefore able to sympathize, support, and strengthen you when are tempted. He is THE SINGLE. He lived a life of perfect singleness and died a death of perfect singleness – experiencing the... Continue Reading
World Magazine Examines BioLogos Efforts to Win Christians Over to a Darwinist Account of Human Origins
BioLogos offers grants to church, parachurch, and academic leaders and organizations that promote 'evolutionary creation.
As for the religious implications, Meyer told World that BioLogos offers “an unsubstantiated and controversial claim to urge pastors and theologians to jettison a straightforward reading of Genesis about the human race arising from one man and one woman. They think ‘the science’ requires such a reinterpretation, but apart from speculative models that make numerous... Continue Reading