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
I Won The Lottery And Didn’t Even Play
Why isn’t everyone not intoxicated with the story of God’s grace to undeserving men and women?
I then remembered the quote, the same sun that melts wax hardens clay. When men go to church, read the scriptures, and practice religion, this results in either tender healing or further callousness. The same Jesus who was precious to some was odious to others. Yes, it is true, the Word of God softens some while it... Continue Reading
Baptism – A Personal Journey In Which It Is Discovered That Infant Baptism Is Biblical!
A personal testimony about a journey on the issue of covenant baptism.
So because I had come to see that baptism was something that God does for us, not something that we do for him; because I had come to see that Gods church existed in the Old Testament as well and that the covenant applies across both Old and New Testaments; because children were included in... Continue Reading
They Just Don’t Get It: Why Big Church Solutions Can’t Fix Small Church Problems
The vast majority of churches are small, so we need small church alternatives to big church solutions.
Small church pastors: Try not to get discouraged. Take what you can from all the helpful blogs and books out there. But try not to put unrealistic expectations on you, or your church’s shoulders based on lessons that don’t fit your reality. Be who you are. Not what someone else thinks you ought to be.... Continue Reading
Yes, Go to Church on Christmas Day
Christmas is on a Sunday this year, but it is still the Lord’s Day, the day of worship.
Christians, we have a special opportunity this year to point our family and friends to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by not neglecting to meet together with the saints on Christmas Day. If we desire for the world to stop taking Christ out of Christmas, then we need not do the same through our actions... Continue Reading
IS GENESIS HISTORY? Film Aims To Answer Questions Of Creation, Evolution, Global Flood
A new documentary on the historicity of the Book of Genesis is coming to theaters across the country Feb. 23, but for one night only.
One segment of the documentary focuses on the “Great Unconformity” with a trip to the Grand Canyon. The Great Unconformity is a geological formation that appears globally where granite bedrock is separated from sediment layers on top by an erosional layer caused by flood flow. NEW YORK (Christian Examiner) – A new documentary on... Continue Reading
How Your Control Freak Tendencies Stunt Your Church’s Growth
If you want to limit your church’s growth, attempt to control everything
Control Repels Great Leaders. If you want great leaders to flee your organization, control them. They’ll leave. If you want to attract great leaders, release them with a clear mission, vision, and strategy (and give them input to shape it). As long as you micromanage everything, you will only have do-ers in your organization, not... Continue Reading
Why I Don’t Flow with Richard Rohr
A critical review of Richard Rohr's new book, The Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
If you’ve benefited from the spiritual teaching in Rohr’s earlier books, take a moment to consider afresh whether you ought to place yourself under the teaching of such a person. My advice is that you should not. Thank God that you were stimulated to something good by his work, but acknowledge that he teaches another... Continue Reading
The Parachurch With The Mind Of A Superpower
The higher your estimate of the nation, the weaker your ecclesiology (or vice versa)
“So why do American evangelicals think that their religious identity hangs in the balance thanks to what happens in the nation’s electoral politics? (The short answer is that U.S. evangelicals, like their mainline predecessors are Christian nationalists and have trouble separating national from religious identity.)” In 1922 G. K. Chesterton said of the United... Continue Reading
Infamy and The Sovereignty Of God, Dec. 7, 1941
God’s sovereign design that worked in a mysterious way even through a horrific attack.
Fifty-five years later, after a career in nuclear subs and a hitch in Sacramento on Governor Ronald Reagan’s staff, Jack and I met and became best friends, and fought the greatest battle of all–the one for his soul. We won that battle, by God’s Amazing Grace alone, and now he’s in glory with the very... Continue Reading
Taking Back Christianese #6: “All Sins Are Equal in God’s Sight”
Our enthusiasm for maintaining the seriousness of sin (which is good) can lead us to make additional statements which may not be so true
First, to say all sins are the same is to confuse the effect of sin with the heinousness of sin. While all sins are equal in their effect (they separate us from God), they are not all equally heinous. Second, the Bible differentiates between sins. Some sins are more severe in terms of impact (1... Continue Reading
Former Prescott, AZ Pastor, Tom Chantry, Charged With Child Molestation
Chantry, 46, faces five counts of molestation of a child, related to two minors, and three counts of aggravated assault on three separate minors as well.
According to the Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Hale’s Corners, Wisconsin, website, where he is listed as Pastor, Chantry moved to Arizona after finishing his seminary studies in California, and stayed for five years. He next moved to Washington and then taught at a Christian school in the Chicago area for four years, before moving to the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha in 2006. That’s where he was arrested in July, on a warrant taken out by Prescott Police.
Are You Ready for Persecution?
Perhaps persecution is coming for all of us, but as of right now we just don’t know too many Christians who are facing persecution.
In America we have it easy, there’s no threat of death. But if and when persecution comes it will be an opportunity for Christians to be able to truly experience discomfort and perhaps it may cause us to truly value eternity rather than this life. But we don’t have to be persecuted in order to... Continue Reading
Answering Four Common Laymen Responses to the ESS/EFS/ERAS Debate
We must, to uphold the truth and majesty of the Gospel itself, confess with clarity that the mission of Christ was to become submissive—a role contrary to and not a simple corollary of His eternal Nature.
But in the end, regardless of the terms used, ESS/EFS/ERAS is indeed about ontology and ontological subordination. “Ontology” is the study of fundamental being, nature, essence; it has to do with what makes something what it is, including what it must be to be what it is and what it cannot be and still be... Continue Reading
Regeneration: Ascribed Entirely to God Alone
This is an act of grace and mercy; no sinner deserves to receive new life from God.
Reformed theology teaches that regeneration is not conditional upon faith. That is, we disagree with the Arminian teaching that faith precedes regeneration. It is true that the regenerated sinner receives new life, and a new heart, and truly does embrace Christ by faith. But regeneration is monergistic: God alone changes the dead heart. Regeneration is... Continue Reading
He Didn’t Choose the Lamb
Why did the Lamb not choose the lamb to make his point when he instituted the Lord’s Supper at a Passover meal? Why bread?
Think of it. He could have chosen the lamb, but he didn’t choose the lamb, because he wanted it to be clear to us that there was no more shedding of blood required. That this was a never-to-be-repeated sacrifice. This was a once-for-all sacrifice. For all the symbolism of the lamb already established, there was... Continue Reading
Leaving the Screen: Restoring In-Person Relationships
How often do we let social media distract us when friends and family are sitting next to us?
I don’t intend to bind anyone’s conscience. The Lord has given each of us a unique stewardship. But recent weeks have led me to take a serious inventory of my social media use. The conclusion: I’ve all but kissed Facebook goodbye. I still have an account, partly for professional reasons, but I’m striving to minimize... Continue Reading
Problem Passages in The Message
Here are five places where The Message either adds to or loses significant meaning from the Greek text of the New Testament.
I want to stress that the author of The Message, Eugene Peterson, is highly respected. I hear only good things about him from those who know him. He produced The Message out of a desire to help the Bible come alive for readers. So this post is not meant to attack him, but rather to... Continue Reading
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
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
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
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
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