A Biblical and Scientific Adam
A challenge to evangelicals who have backed away from an historic Adam, using a theologically informed look at ape ancestry genetic claims
In a just-published article from the Westminster Theological Journal, Westminster Theological Seminary professor Vern Poythress brilliantly explains why such a surrender is wrong biblically and scientifically. Poythress, with both a Th.D. and a Harvard Ph.D. in mathematics, is well-positioned to write about both theology and evolutionary theory. He has published 13 books, including Redeeming Science... Continue Reading
The Mass Exodus of Christians from the Muslim World
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being. A mass exodus of Christians is... Continue Reading
Thoughts on Culture Wars
Christians in America must remember that our greatest goal is not to preserve a Christian America, but to advance the gospel throughout the country. The preaching of the gospel, fueled by prayer and service to our neighbor is our greatest weapon–not getting into debates about homosexuality, abortion, etc. There is a time for debate, but... Continue Reading
What Day Changed the Course of Christian History?
For the inaugural article in our new series “Big Questions,” The Gospel Coalition asked four Christian historians, “After AD 70, what day most changed the course of Christian history?” Robert Louis Wilken … at the University of Virginia. … George Marsden … at the University of Notre Dame… Philip Jenkins … at Baylor University. …... Continue Reading
How Fornication Messes Up Marriage
The great harm of sexual sin is not that someone becomes “used goods” but instead that these behaviors become a liability in a marriage, whether future or present. People that trespass sexually and are repentant should not be shamed, but they will have to wrestle through some difficult issues in their matrimony. There can be... Continue Reading
Religious Freedom Watch
What the IRS Wants to Know About Your Religion
From the 16 May 2013 Memo to the Hon. Aaron Schock, Member of Congress, Committee of Ways and Means, from Thomas Brejcha, Peter Breen, Sally Wagenmaker, Esqs. Thomas More Society. The IRS asks: Please explain how all of your activities, including the prayer meetings held outside of Planned Parenthood are considered education as defined under... Continue Reading
Happy Are The Mourners
There are 2 kinds of grief: godly and worldly. Worldly grief is feeling bad because you got caught or things went wrong after you sinned. It’s regret because you look bad in others’ eyes or you messed up your life. … Godly sorrow regrets hurting God and we want to change, not to improve our... Continue Reading
Lawsuit Claiming Church Conspiracy To Conceal Child Abuse Adds More Names and Charges
Sovereign Grace Ministries finds allegations 'serious, grievous, and difficult to read,' but says no evidence of cover-up.
A controversial lawsuit alleging leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries conspired to conceal the sexual abuse of children has been amended a second time … SGM responded promptly, stating in part: “The charges in this amended complaint are serious, grievous, and difficult to read. The thought of such alleged abuse is extremely disturbing. Because of our... Continue Reading
Church of Scotland Votes To Allow Gay Ministers
Halting between two opinions: Church of Scotland affirmed the Church’s “current doctrine and practice in relation to human sexuality,” but will allow congregations to depart from this doctrine if they choose.
Church commissioners backed his motion to “affirm the Church’s historic and current doctrine and practice in relation to human sexuality, (but) nonetheless permit those Kirk Sessions who wish to depart from that doctrine and practice to do so”. Today’s historic vote effectively means that the traditionalist position holds, but congregations will be able to choose... Continue Reading
This is the PCA – We Want to be Players
We're not a Main Line denomination but we desperately want to be important
Here’s one way we see this lack of awareness today. There is a large swath of young pastors whose ministry sensibilities have been informed by older men very set in we-should-be-players. They’ve also cut their teeth on watching and learning from Tim Keller who is indeed (I think for all the right reasons) an influence... Continue Reading
Living with a Sense of Eternity
Living in the "already" but "not yet" focused on the future
Calvin sought, personally, to develop a balance of contempt for the present life with a deep gratitude for the blessings of God and a love and longing for the heavenly kingdom. The sense that the Lord would come and issue His final assessment on all and bring His elect to glory was a dominant motif... Continue Reading
Kermit Gosnell’s America — What His Trial Really Reveals
Dr. Gosnell is not alone in having the blood of babies on his hands
What the pro-abortion movement fears most is that Americans will pause to consider what this trial really means. It means that Dr. Gosnell would not be on trial for murder if he had killed those three babies while inside their mother’s body. His murder convictions have everything to do with the fact that the abortions... Continue Reading
The Crazy Culture of Complementarianism
Right beliefs do not always lead to healthy cultures.
Culture is a lot harder to pin down and define, and yet culture communicates, sometimes more than our statements. In some churches that affirm a complementarian view of manhood and womanhood, a culture develops that goes beyond the complementarian beliefs into a skewed version of manhood and womanhood that we did not discern from the... Continue Reading
Search Begins for Executive Director of Great Commission Publications
GCP publishes covenant based, Reformed discipleship materials and is owed in a joint venture by the OPC and PCA.
The Search Committee for the Executive Director reported to the full board on Monday, April 22, with recommendations for a plan of procedure, a job description, and a list of desired attributes for a new director. All three of these recommendations were approved and the search has officially started. The deadline for nominations is May... Continue Reading
True happiness is a joy that doesn’t depend on circumstances.
How do we communicate happiness to those around us? It is easy for me to write about finding my joy in the Lord no matter my circumstances, but is this really what I am communicating? Do my children see me living this way? Do I say one thing, and then send a different message about looking for... Continue Reading
Pastors’ Positions on Creation vs. Evolution Vary by Region, Church Size
Pastors agree that division over origins harms outreach, but disagree on why.
While 85 percent of YEC pastors assert that “Christian disagreement on matters of creation and evolution is compromising our witness to the world,” 63 percent of TE pastors disagree with the statement. Meanwhile, 63 percent of TE pastors assert that “The church’s posture toward science prevents many non-Christians from accepting Christianity”, while 59% of their... Continue Reading
Christian rights challenged more often
“I have a great deal of worry about the fact that courts tend to say that when there’s an encroachment on the interests of others, when there’s a conflict of rights, religious rights always lose. The freedom of religion is always outweighed by something else. I think the great problem in these cases is that... Continue Reading
Christianity Declining 50pc Faster Than Thought – As One In 10 Under-25s Is A Muslim
Christianity could be facing a catastrophic collapse in Britain according to official figures suggesting it is declining 50 per cent faster than previously thought.
The number of Muslims in England and Wales surged by 75 per cent – boosted by almost 600,000 more foreign born followers of the Islamic faith. While almost half of British Muslims are under the age of 25, almost a quarter of Christians are over 65. The average age of a British Muslim is just... Continue Reading
‘Pure Grace,’ A Review
Antinomianism is cheap grace, the idea that one can be saved and then do nothing at all
Biblical Christianity teaches that believers live a day to day struggle against temptation and sin and that the journey of discipleship involves recognizing our sin, confessing it and letting God transform it. At the heart of the antinomian is a false assurity that he can do whatever he wants now he is saved. By contrast,... Continue Reading
Are Women More Open To Counseling Than Men?
Women are more open to counseling than men
Some men who hold a position of leadership think wrongly that it’s a sign of failure or weakness to appear to be in need of help. They feel that they are supposed to have the answers not need them. This is sad and inconsistent with the gospel. The poor in Spirit inherit the Kingdom, not... Continue Reading
Another Group Targeted for IRS Scrutiny
The IRS is targeting political as well as educational groups that appear not to align with the executive branch’s policy preferences
Z STREET’s initial hearing is scheduled for July 2 in federal district court in Washington, D.C. What is lamentable is that any nonprofit educational or charitable organization would find itself pressured by the federal government to prove that it’s charitable, religious, or educational goals are not incongruent with the foreign or domestic policy agenda of... Continue Reading
Church Wars Over City Limits
Our latest battle is between none other than new urbanism and what some see as the failed experiment of suburbanism
Whatever happened to “bloom where you’re planted” as an ethos for ministry? If God is calling you to the urban core, go to the urban core. If God has called you to suburbia, stay in suburbia, or go there, if you’re someplace else. And if you think God is calling you to exurbia or rural... Continue Reading
Top Seven Reasons to Post Sermons Online
Benefits of posting sermons online
Redeem the time: We all have time in the car, doing chores, or relaxing after the kids are in bed when we can have some audio going in the background. Providing sermons gives us more “meat” to listen to while doing those other activities. A while back I reviewed the book SimChurch (part 1... Continue Reading
Why We Sing Old Testament Psalms
Reasons to sing Psalms as a mix of a church’s hymnody
We sing the Psalms because the people of God have been doing so since as early as Moses (Ps. 90) and especially during the days of David, when the Psalter became the “hymnal” of Israel. When we sing them, we identify with our most ancient forefathers and offer transcendent praise, applicable in all times and... Continue Reading
Unpacking The Great Commission – Part 2
The primary focus of the Great Commission, “make disciples,” is a call for us to make followers and students for Jesus
Scripture tells us that there are costs associated with being a disciple of Christ. We must place Christ ahead of all we cherish, including our family (Luke 14:26). Christ says we must set aside all we posses and place nothing in front of Him (Luke 14:33). There will be sacrifice, persecution and even threats of... Continue Reading
Let’s Pray that Gosnell Gets Life Indeed
Nevertheless, since Gosnell will now get life instead of death, let us pray he gets life indeed. Time in prison means time for repentance, and repentance of a sinner is always the heart of God, who “is not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Scripture exhorts us... Continue Reading
Loveism = Jesusism: Jesus Led Me All the Way…One Step at a Time
A testimony of how God has opened wide doors of ministry in difficult countries
In 2001, I was invited to come to North Korea to found an international university there as well. I told them that I would bring Christians who were international academics from many countries, people who were excellent teachers. They would be carefully chosen people who would love the North Korean students and care for them... Continue Reading
The Unique Role of Mrs. Pastor
My role is not exactly like that of other married women; my life as Mrs. Pastor, by God’s design, is unique. Thankfully, I have fundamentals to guide me, such as God’s inspired Word, my husband’s biblical wisdom and the needs of God’s people. After that, I use my God-given gifts, prayer and the guidance of the Holy... Continue Reading
Are All Sins Equally Heinous?
A Response to Barnabas Piper
But, and this is key, that does not mean every sin is equally heinous. Missing in Piper’s analysis is a careful discussion about how some sins are more grievous than others and therefore warrant a more vigorous Christian response. I appreciate Robert Gagnon’s fine response to this problem: … In a recent article, Barnabas... Continue Reading
The Reformed Doctrine of General Revelation
What It Is and What It Isn’t
In any case, what we have is a failure to communicate that is leading to serious misunderstanding and misrepresentation. The purpose of this brief post is to explain what the traditional Reformed doctrine of general revelation is, and just as importantly, to explain what the traditional Reformed doctrine of general revelation is not. In the... Continue Reading