PCA Minister Lloyd Kim Nominated as Mission to the World Coordinator
In 2007, the Kims moved to Cambodia to initiate a new church-planting work
Dr. Kim, an ordained PCA pastor, received a M.Div. from Westminster Seminary California and a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served as associate pastor with New Life Mission Church (PCA) in Fullerton, Calif., before joining MTW. In 2004 Dr. Kim and his wife, Eda, a medical doctor, were sent by MTW to Manila, Philippines.... Continue Reading
A Line Crossed in the Middle East
What the end of Christianity in Mosul means for Christians everywhere
In the Middle East, secular dictatorships can be very brutal. But, bad as they are, they are often the only thing that stands in the way of the absolute destruction of minority religious communities. Toppling such dictatorships and hoping for their replacement by “moderates” is not a good bet. Incredibly, this seems to be a... Continue Reading
ISIS Forces Last Iraqi Christians to Flee Mosul
By 1 p.m. on Friday almost every Christian in Mosul had heard the Sunni militants’ message — they had until noon Saturday to leave the city
A YouTube video shows ISIS taking sledgehammers to the tomb of Jonah, something that was also confirmed by Mr. Hikmat. The militants also removed the cross from St. Ephrem’s Cathedral, the seat of the Syriac Orthodox archdiocese in Mosul, and put up the black ISIS flag in its place. BAGHDAD — By 1 p.m.... Continue Reading
What’s Happening to Gordon College is Just the Beginning
There is far more government bullying ahead for every private school, charity, parachurch organization, and even churches.
It is now excruciatingly clear we live in a time where some people who have political power are on a crusade against people who, in their view, commit moral thought crime. A religious college loses all reason for existence if it must conform to a diametrically opposite moral code….If a religious school cannot act... Continue Reading
Can Gay Love Really Be Straight? A Reply to Mark Joseph Stern
Can the homosexual form of sexual desire support the society’s most important institution in the same way that the heterosexual form of sexual desire does?
And it definitely does not mean that in the long run gay culture can cultivate and sustain the attitudes, behaviors, and norms that will conform gays to the ideal of marriage rather than reform marriage to the realities of homosexuality. Individual gays cannot remake homosexuality to fit the marital paradigm any more than individual heterosexuals... Continue Reading
Former Homosexual Reveals ‘Unmitigated Disaster of Gay Marriage’
Active homosexuals are trying to find something through gay relationships that can never be found there
All that to say—the term “gay marriage” is an oxymoron. It is an invention of broken man in defiance against the expressed desire and design of God for mankind. It is the fallen creature trying to tell the omniscient Creator how things should be. Even the misnamed “gay Christian”—those who practice homosexuality without repentance and... Continue Reading
The Parent Trap
The overprotection and overreaction of caring for children leading to the criminalization of parenthood
last issue presents a distinctive challenge to conservatives like me, who believe such work requirements are essential. If we want women like Debra Harrell to take jobs instead of welfare, we have to also find a way to defend their liberty as parents, instead of expecting them to hover like helicopters and then literally arresting... Continue Reading
Christian Cake Baker Appeals Government ‘Re-Education’ Order
A Christian cake artist in Colorado filed an appeal Wednesday challenging a government order that says he and his staff must take “re-education” classes
“Americans should not be forced by the government — or by another citizen — to endorse or promote ideas with which they disagree,” said Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) Lead Counsel Nicolle Martin. “This is not about the people who asked for a cake; it’s about the message the cake communicates. A Christian cake artist... Continue Reading
Justification and Sanctification at the Table
Forgiveness is found not by mere confession of sin but by confession of Christ
Confession and forgiveness are not terminal destinations; they are pivot points of new commencement. They are not ends but beginnings of new obedience, exercised by the grace of God that teaches and trains “us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age” “If we... Continue Reading
6 Points on Leading Funeral Services: An Open Letter To Pastors
I hear the same story with alarming frequency: a funeral that could have brought comfort and hope instead led to guilt and frustration
“Don’t talk about the glories of heaven before you talk about the person who is now there. Instead, establish rapport with the grieving community by articulating what made the deceased person unique. A funeral congregation is often one whose ear you have to earn—and you earn those ears in your descriptions of the deceased. If... Continue Reading
Husband Arrested? Pack Him a Lunch
How to be a pastor’s wife under persecution
I have long held, with my tongue only partly in my cheek, that the primary job of a pastor’s wife is to keep the pastor alive. Most churches have at least some people who will organize events, or lead Bible studies, or play the piano. We’ve got members who greet, members who teach, and members... Continue Reading
But Is It Biblical?
We should question the premise of the post that Christians are called, as Christians, to promote and advance social change.
There is no doubt here whether there is a need for mediating institutions or whether Christians should be involved in them and engage them. The question is how? May we simply assume that we must think of our cultural engagement under the category of redemption (e.g., redeeming music, art, literature, politics etc)? Again, I should like to see a clear, unequivocal case for... Continue Reading
The Dangers and Duty of Confessing Sin to One Another
If James does not teach treating pastor and congregation as priest for penance, or confession of sin in undifferentiated settings, what does he have in mind?
Is James speaking of going around and confessing any sin that you can point to in your life to just about anyone you are in fellowship with in the church so that they will pray for you? Or, does he have in mind the practice of “keeping short accounts” with the brethren? Does he mean... Continue Reading
How Do Sinners Help Sinners Stop Sinning?
How do we approach someone who is sinning in a way that will help lead them to repentance?
Although the sin may be wide, deep, high, and long, the Gospel is wider, deeper, higher, and longer. The goal is to help the sinner see the seriousness of sin, the misery of sin, and all that God can offer through the Gospel to conquer both. Christians are not only called to repentance but... Continue Reading
When You Should NOT Submit to a Church
How do you recognize abusive leadership?
All of us will, at times, be called to endure humbly a leader’s mistakes and sins. Nonetheless, should you find yourself in a church where the leadership is characteristically abusive, I would, in most cases, encourage you to flee. Flee to protect your discipleship, to protect your family, to set a good example for the... Continue Reading
Disillusionment with the Church
The key to understanding biblical fellowship is that it is rooted in a spiritual reality, rather than something that is physical.
Many of our disappointments in the local church are rooted, founded, and based upon the ethic of other communities. We are disappointed and critical of our brothers and sisters in Christ, because they are not giving us what we want or what we think we need. But true fellowship isn’t grounded in what others can... Continue Reading
Shame on you Bowdoin College
A good example of how anti-Christian hostility can manifest itself in our society.
College administrators, in their role of administrators, should not choose sides in this theological debate. But when they imply that a Christian group should accept a non-Christian leader, then they have entered that debate. That Christian group has decided that leadership must be with their same religious tradition and does not accept the premise that... Continue Reading
Was Jonathan Edwards a Puritan?
Theologically, Puritanism was not quite as monolithic as we might think or as some might like to think
So, was Jonathan Edwards a Puritan? No, he was not a Puritan. That may be a disappointment for some and a relief for others. But my admiration for the man doesn’t depend on whether he was a Puritan or not. Edwards may have had the “spirit” of Puritanism in him, for he read them with... Continue Reading
Sabbath Is Not a Means To More Productive Work
It's time to stop optimizing the Lord's Day
“Today, the zeitgeist has shifted. What was once prohibition might now be heard as permission: to stop, take a breath, and remember that we are more than what we produce, more than our job title or bank balance. Sabbath, in this light, does indeed represent resistance to the dominating paradigm of more more more, an... Continue Reading
A Word To The Introverted Pastor: Be Extroverted on Sunday
My introversion can keep me from interacting even with people I love
“The pastor that inspired me most in my spiritual walk when I was a 20-something year old trying to figure out my life direction emailed me recently. He had read one of my introversion posts and wanted to echo the sentiments in it. He said he has always marveled at how many introverted pastors he... Continue Reading
“The Greatest Failing Of The American Church Today”
Greg Forster says it’s “the failure of the American church to affirm the goodness of civilizational life”
“I don’t agree with Greg that “the failure of the American church to affirm the goodness of civilizational life is our greatest failing today.” That’s overstating a good case. I do agree with him that it’s a great failure, even a very great failure. And I also agree with him on the need to prioritize... Continue Reading
USCCB Chairmen Respond To ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ Executive Order
Response to Obama’s executive order prohibiting federal government contractors from “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” discrimination and forbidding “gender identity” discrimination in the employment of federal employees
The executive order prohibits “gender identity” discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that “gender” is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one’s biological sex. This is a problem not only of principle... Continue Reading
The Death Of Archie… And Innocence
Archie, the flagship character in the comic book franchise of the same name, died this week
“I know kids are growing up fast nowadays, but isn’t this stuff a little heavy for eight and nine year olds? Archie Bunker pushed the envelope 40 years ago, but that Archie was designed for an adult audience. Until recently, the biggest controversy Archie Andrews ever found himself in was making dates with two girls... Continue Reading
The Foundation of Christian Joy
If God were not sovereign, I could never come to that comforting conclusion — I would be constantly subjected to fear and anxiety without any significant relief.
“Romans 8:28, which is a favorite for many of us, states that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (NKJV). There’s no other text that demonstrates so clearly and magnificently the beauty of God’s sovereign providence than that one. The text... Continue Reading
8 Ways To Beat Temptation
We all face temptations of many kinds. God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory.
“Quote Scripture. That’s how Jesus overcame the tempter. When you feel like grumbling remind yourself to “Rejoice always.” When tempted to give a harsh reply think, “A gentle answer turns away wrath.” When rankling against correction remind yourself, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Of course to quote Scripture when tempted... Continue Reading
Marriage And Millennials
There’s something about this “death ’til we part” business that’s worth hanging in for
“This marriage thing is hard.We know everything about each other, can anticipate each other’s next sentence, and not only know exactly where the dirty socks will be thrown but when. We repeat the same fights, stick to the same guns, rebut with the same rebuttals, face the same bedheads in the morning. If monogamy equals monotonous... Continue Reading
Why Church Members Don’t Invite Others To Church
When my church consulting teams have asked church members about their reticence to invite others to church, here are ten responses we have often heard
“Many church members have contact with the unchurched every week, if not every day. They go to school with them, work with them, live beside them – and sometimes live with them. What church folks don’t do, though, is see the unchurched as “sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36), as spiritual beings in need of... Continue Reading
The Federal Vision, Ten Questions, and the Westminster Standards
Ten questions that are relevant to the Federal Vision controversy
The Holy Spirit works in the visible church in accordance with the decree of election. Therefore, the elect in the visible church receive some benefits which the non-elect in the visible church do not. All the elect and only the elect are effectually called. The Holy Spirit works faith in their hearts and thereby unites... Continue Reading
Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?
We should distinguish a serious and radical fall from a total and final fall.
The question is, are these people who are guilty of a real fall irretrievably fallen and eternally lost, or is this fall a temporary condition that will, in the final analysis, be remedied by their restoration? In the case of a person such as Peter, we see that his fall was remedied by his repentance.... Continue Reading
Saving faith is a gift of God’s grace that the Holy Spirit works in the heart enabling us to believe the gospel to the saving of our souls
What does faith do? Or to put it another way, what does the Christian do by faith? By faith, the Christian believes and acts. By faith a Christian believes to be true whatever is revealed in the Word. This believing is because of the authority of God himself speaking in and by his Word. God’s... Continue Reading