Do You Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?
We have to have a passion to do what is right
“What does the New Testament say about Jesus Himself? That zeal for His Father’s house consumed Him (John 2:17). This graphic language means that Jesus’ passion for the affairs of His heavenly Father ate Him up. His food was to do the will of His Father.” Some years ago, I spoke with a man... Continue Reading
8 Theses That Helps Us Think Biblically About Transgenderism
The different aspects of transgenderism call for different kinds of Christian responses
I am thankful for RTS Charlotte’s Dr. James Anderson, associate professor of theology and philosophy. In the video below, Dr. Anderson addresses our students at a lunch-time conversation on the issue of transgenderism. It is a wonderfully clear and concise treatment of this important subject. The debate in our culture over sexuality has been... Continue Reading
Don’t Settle For The Gospel of Self-Fulfillment
Christians who believe the gospel is more than just a word of self-fulfillment will need to be equipped to see the right and good longings at the heart of expressive individualism
“How does one come to believe that Jesus must be okay with a woman divorcing her husband and taking up with another woman— despite Jesus’s words about the permanence of marriage and its creational, male-female design?” Elizabeth Gilbert traveled the world to find happiness, and then documented her journey of self-discovery in Eat, Pray,... Continue Reading
Over 35% of Babies Aborted in 2013 Were Black: CDC Report
The abortion rate is disproportionately high among African-Americans
“The CDC report said women in their 20s accounted for more than 58 percent of abortions, recording the highest abortion rates. Women and girls aged 19 and younger accounted for 11.7 percent of abortions. CDC also found that two-thirds of abortions were performed within the first eight weeks, and nearly 92 percent by 13 weeks.... Continue Reading
Why Difficulties in the Bible Are a Good Thing
God is allowed to have purposes for his Word that you wouldn’t have thought of
The classic doctrine of the clarity of Scripture does not care to deny the difficulties in the Bible, any more than the apostle Peter did when he talked about the things “hard to understand” in Paul’s scriptural writings. But God has loving purposes behind even those difficulties. Jen Hatmaker recently launched a kerfuffle in... Continue Reading
Let My People Build
After 160 years of suppression, Egypt makes room for new churches
But even as they celebrated, Christians debated if they failed to fully seize a unique opportunity to pursue equal citizenship. Some wanted a unified law for both churches and mosques. Others noted the presence of loopholes that may impede church construction. For example, the “need” for a new church is tied to population growth. ... Continue Reading
10 Books Every Christian Teenager Should Read
Here is a list of great books every Christian teen ought to read — or at least consider reading
“Please note that these are not necessarily the ten best books your teens will read in their lifetime. Not all of these books will stand the test of time as Christian classics. But each of them is suited to twenty-first century teenaged readers and together they will provide a foundation for the Christian life that... Continue Reading
Limited Atonement: A Walk Through the Basics
We need to dispense with the concept of “fairness” and begin to think in terms of God’s justice
Can fallen men change themselves? Fallen men and women are “dead” in their sins and trespasses and are unable to do good; the supreme good, being the act of embracing Christ as LORD and savior. This then is not a matter of “fairness”, which is a manmade construct to begin with, our situation is far... Continue Reading
The Aquila Report Introducing New App — Begins Year End Challenge Campaign
Reformed Churchmen Publications, publisher of The Aquila Report, encourages readers to join it in reaching the goal of matching a challenge grant it has received.
A foundation has generously given The Aquila Report a grant of $7,000. We want to use this grant to challenge our readers to match this gift with your gifts. As in past years, the foundation gave us permission to use this gift as a way to encourage our readers to support The Aquila Report. In 2015, our readers donated $4,540... Continue Reading
Big Dreams and Blue Jeans
Why Small Towns Still Matter
I realize that the people living in small towns today are not Jesus. However, small-town believers can still do BIG things for the kingdom because Jesus has sent the Spirit to empower them too. Our small-town church has reproduced churches locally and across the globe. We are doing it out of the view of many... Continue Reading
No Little Women
The introduction to Aimee Byrd's new book
This book is for the competent women who are seeking a better way, as well as for those of you who would like to become more competent, as God has called you to be. This book is also for pastors and elders who would like every member of their church to be well equipped in... Continue Reading
The Lost Word of Motivation
Knowing that at any given moment as you seek to obey, you are actually pleasing God changes our motivation, does it not?
Some people are hard to please, always critical, pointing out the flaw. Maybe you think of God like that—Like someone who has asked for an obscure out of print book as a present, that you can’t find anywhere on the web, and you have searched high and low in second-hand bookshops—you know they will be... Continue Reading
Evangelical Pastor Theologians Outline Christian Vision of Sexuality
People in our culture need to hear from the church an overarching “positive, compelling vision of God’s plan for sexuality"
To win hearts and minds, our task is “not simply to persuade minds but also imaginations” by showing not just the truth, but also the beauty of the Christian vision. And even as a self-described “low-church, free-church evangelical,” Wilson urged a rediscovery of relevant church tradition, and bemoaned American evangelicalism’s tendencies towards “a way of... Continue Reading
The Children Are Still Listening
In an election deemed one of the nastiest in recent times, our children heard hateful things said about women.
In each iteration of one of the greatest Hollywood hits of a past generation, Agent 007 (James Bond) treats women as mere sexual objects. Our Hollywood entertainers and popular journalists have made totally banal a constant pornographic vision of sex. During the elections, Lady Gaga publicly offered free oral sex to any who voted for... Continue Reading
Seven Points on Spiritual Gifts (J. Bridges)
God gives all his people gifts to use for the service and enrichment of others.
“Gifts are sovereignly bestowed by God. You possess the gifts you have because the sovereign God of the universe wanted you to be that way. He ordained a plan for your life even before you were born, and He has gifted you specifically to carry out that plan. Never disparage your gift. If you do,... Continue Reading
More Mercy in Christ than Sin in Us
David understood, better than any, the multifaceted way in which God's grace worked in his life with regard to his ongoing battle with sin and his experience of a guilt-laden conscience.
Believers, as we struggle in our souls for nearness to God, a restored sense of His favor and delight and new manifestations of His presence and power, we must learn to cry out to God from the depths–acknowledging God’s holiness, our sin and rebellion, what our iniquities deserve and the great mercy of God in... Continue Reading
Welfare, Weber, And A Work Ethic
Being in favor of work is not merely a cultural or generational bias. Work is a creational good
From a biblical-theological perspective, “work” in the context of Genesis 2 may have a somewhat more specific sense, but the covenant of works has not yet been instituted. Certainly Adam was to cultivate the garden and to guard it as God’s prophet, priest, and king—a calling which Adam failed to fulfill thus plunging himself and... Continue Reading
The Story Of Redemption
A digest of some spiritually stimulating redemptive-historical meditations from Scripture.
The Tabernacle was the mobile dwelling place of God–a tent covered in skin. When Jesus came, the Apostle John tells us that “He tabernacled among us.” Jesus is the enfleshed, mobile dwelling place of God. In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Nothing serves to strengthen our faith so much as... Continue Reading
A Plea To Pastors: Don’t Cancel Church On Christmas
I hope it’s not too late to make you reconsider your decision to cancel church on Christmas.
I’m enough of a Puritan to think that December 25 is Sunday before it’s Christmas. It’s the Lord’s Day. It’s a resurrection morning. It’s the day on which Christians have gathered for 2,000 years to sing the Bible, preach the Bible, pray the Bible, and see the Bible in the sacraments. It’s the day of the... Continue Reading
If We Aren’t Being Attacked For Our Faith As Christians, We’re Doing Something Wrong
Our culture has attempted to divide Christianity into two groups: bad Christians and tolerable, if not good, Christians.
It’s not just about gay marriage or abortion or any other specific issue. They hate Christianity because it is Christianity. They hate it simply for being true, just as Christ was crucified simply for being God. Those who hate truth and hate God will lash out at the closest things to Him. A lot of... Continue Reading
Religions Dead and Living
Can we see in “Church Going,” a provocative poem, a model for Europe’s future religious evolution?
What exactly is the remaining pull of a place that is notionally holy? And if, as seems obvious, religion is in such sharp decline, what will be the ultimate fate of such places when they fall into disuse and ruin? Might they be objects of superstitious terror, unlucky places? Or will they be special and... Continue Reading
GPS—3 Ways to Love Your Pastor Well
A navigation system for loving and serving your pastor well—a GPS system: Give, Pray, Serve.
You pastor prays for you. Why do you think that is? It’s not simply because he’s paid to. He prays for you because he loves you and wants you to grow in grace. So one of the most simple ways to love him well is to keep him and his family in your prayers. Send... Continue Reading
Limited Atonement: I am Not Praying for the World
An encouraging and comforting thought: Jesus prayed, died, rose from the dead, and continues to intercede for you.
When Jesus went to the cross he went to hang in the place of and instead of elect sinners. He did not die for the human race-in-general. He had definite men and women, and boys and girls he was substituting himself for. When Jesus went to the cross he died for those he had been praying for in his “High Priestly” prayer (John... Continue Reading
A Father’s Fight For Joy
Am I a glad father?
But even as I reflect on the weight of this responsibility and admit my shortcomings in living up to it, I am not without hope. I look to God, who loves us as children because of His character, not our merit. Turning from my selfish ways, I pursue His glory and, in that pursuit, find... Continue Reading
Are You Too Old For The Mission Field?
Older Christians are answering the call to fulltime missions and mission agencies and churches are responding with open arms.
Many Christians are realizing in their older years, not that they wasted their youth, but that God was preparing them for their later years. “The Lord didn’t design us to coast out on flowery beds of ease, but to make some sort of difference,” said Nelson Malwitz, founder of Finishers Project, “There is a full... Continue Reading
Statement: Former Church Says Tullian Tchividjian Should Not Be in Ministry
The Session of Willow Creek Church (PCA) in Willow Springs, Fla., issued a statement that Tullian Tchividjian should not return to ministry.
We would also like to state in the clearest possible terms that we do not believe that Mr. Tchividjian should be in any form of public or vocational ministry. Rather, inasmuch as he is truly repentant and in accordance with his membership vows, we would urge him to immediately return to his church of membership,... Continue Reading
The Common Sin of Middle Age Believers
I wonder if complacency is not our most common sin?
“We have met many challenges that youth presented. We have taken risks and secured through work many goods. The Lord has blessed our efforts for his kingdom, and we begin to rest on our laurels. We slowly begin slipping into a spiritual forgetfulness.” Each stage of adult life presents its own unique challenges. Young... Continue Reading
10 Things You Should Know About Physician-Assisted Suicide
Physician-assisted suicide does not guarantee a painless, dignified death
“In the majority of cases, after the lethal medication is ingested, patients who have opted for assisted suicide fall asleep and die comfortably within several hours. However, sometimes the medication causes vomiting, other distress, and/or does not lead to death for a number of hours or days.” 1. The option of physician-assisted suicide is... Continue Reading
Why Doesn’t Our Faith Move Mountains?
Are we failing to see great things from God because of our lack of faith?
“We’re prone to think if we just had more faith, then God could do amazing things through us. But Jesus tells us something quite astonishing. The issue isn’t whether we are full of faith but whether we have any faith.” Peter tells us Paul wrote some things that are hard to understand (2 Pet. 3:16).... Continue Reading
Be Careful Of Missionary Patriotism
Waving USA flags in some countries is not the best way to win friends and influence people
“It seems that the next four years will be difficult ones for the USA, no matter which candidate won the election. One of the first adjustments missionaries make is to learn that political preferences and national pride should never be equated with Christianity.” The first thing that happens after we have realised our election... Continue Reading