Is It Wrong For Christians To Defend Their Rights?
Christians in the West are familiar with apologetics as an intellectual or worldview exercise. We are less familiar with apologetics as a legal defense.
Paul was willing for his life to be cut short if the work of the gospel could go on. But so long as the gospel itself was maligned, misrepresented, and unfairly marginalized, he wasn’t about to submit himself to slander or surrender a single civic right. He would keep preaching the Christian gospel. He would... Continue Reading
Doubts, Guilt and the Lord’s Supper
The next time communion is served, ask yourself if you are hungry and thirsty for God's love and grace
I have many more friends who struggle to know whether they should even partake from Sunday to Sunday. Many of these friends struggle with deep guilt whenever communion is served. Maybe that is your experience. It certainly was mine many times before I properly understood the purpose of Communion. A few weeks ago, a... Continue Reading
Star Wars Producer To Make Eric Liddell Sequel
The Oscar-winning film that tells the story of devout Edinburgh sprinter Eric Liddell, is to finally get a sequel.
Gary Kurtz confirmed the sequel would focus on Liddell’s life and agonising death on Chinese soil. The Hollywood veteran – who produced the 1977 classic Star Wars and sequel The Empire Strikes Back said : “We are going to be shooting in various places in China. The 1981 low-budget blockbuster finished with the Christian... Continue Reading
7 Reasons Some Churches Experience Revitalization (While Others Don’t)
Traits common to churches that are being revitalized
While that turnaround is typically evident in attendance numbers, it is much more than that. I recently categorized those reasons some churches experience revitalization. I then compared them to churches that have not been revitalized. I found seven differences between the two sets of churches. These are the seven traits unique to the revitalized churches… I have a... Continue Reading
A Free-Market Economist’s Take on Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts”
A review of “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History”
Thank goodness I made myself watch the actual documentary. Ken Burns and his writer, Geoffrey C. Ward, steered clear of presenting a mythological hagiography, and instead gave us vivid, insightful, fair-minded biographies of three immensely important, but oh-so-human Americans. By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary on the three most famous... Continue Reading
Evangelicals Boost Clinics To Help Immigrants Navigate Legal Headaches
An alliance of evangelical organizations has pledged to dramatically increase the number of church-based legal clinics across the country to assist immigrants
The alliance, which was formed in 2013, estimates that there also are 2,800 nonprofit attorneys and accredited staff in the country. The umbrella network includes the National Association of Evangelicals, the Assemblies of God, the Church of the Nazarene and the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, among others. WASHINGTON (RNS) An alliance of evangelical organizations has pledged... Continue Reading
Michael Morales Appointed as Full Time Professor at Greenville Seminary
Dr. Morales will join the faculty full time in 2015
Dr. Morales is currently serving as the Chair of Biblical Studies and professor of Old Testament and Great Works at Florida’s Reformation Bible College, a position he has held since 2011. He has been associate pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Stuart, Fla., since 2010. The Board of Trustees of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary... Continue Reading
Transgenderism: A Theological Perspective
For most in the Church, transgenderism is an aspect of life that is hard to understand and relate to
Satan and our flesh work in concert tempting us to find satisfaction to our needs in places outside of God. The greedy man seeks contentment outside of God by striving to gain and hoard money. The insecure wife may seek security from her husband and others by serving them endlessly in order to feel a... Continue Reading
What Does Your Obedience Look Like?
God lovingly dismantles our carefully crafted mirage of ourselves and in its place his gives grace that abounds all the more
In sanctification, God’s moral law does much more that direct. It exposes us as we are in order that we might, more and more, come to see ourselves not as we want to see ourselves or want to be seen by others but as we really are: self-centered people who don’t love as we ought.... Continue Reading
The Reformation And The Men Behind It
Under the guiding hand of God, the world scene had been uniquely prepared for the Reformation
“What factors led to the Protestant Reformation? Where was the Reformation born? How did this powerful movement come about? Where did it spread? Who were the key leaders who stoked its flames? What biblical truths were unleashed on the world at this time? To begin to answer these questions, we must focus in on those... Continue Reading
Paul McCartney, Jesus, And The End of All Things
While singing along at the top of my lungs, I was gripped by a dense embrace of my mortality
“Days are coming when there will be a McCartney-less world, a Tom Cannon-less world and a you-less world. That’s more than OK. Days are coming when there will be a new heaven and a new earth, where God makes all things new and Jesus will say, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the... Continue Reading
Few Adults Know Blessing of Best Friends. Who’s Yours?
There are a lot of adults walking around in our world who don't have a "best friend"
“I make it a point to have regular conversations with my best friend. We arrange our schedules so that even though we live in different states, we see one another on a regular basis and are able to share all of life that we can with one another. I am as blessed by this friendship... Continue Reading
A Great Reward
God’s Word is precious, pleasurable, protective, and profitable. What a gift it is!
“For weeks now I have been in one of those periods, and it has been a joy and a delight to spend time in the Word and to pray. And in this time I’ve been drawn to parts of Scripture that rejoice in Scripture. I was recently transfixed by Psalm 19 and David’s sheer joy... Continue Reading
When Your Husband’s Heart Is Hard
For a wife in a difficult circumstance, it’s vital that she continually ask the Lord for wisdom
“If you are waiting for your husband for whatever reason, first of all, your sorrow is legitimate. It is extremely hard. But none of your tears or prayers will be wasted. There is great value in your waiting, praying, hoping, and surrendering. God desires to work in your marriage, but it may begin with you.”... Continue Reading
Why Are So Many Middle-Aged Men Falling Into Sexual Sin?
Religious authorities are watching the chilling increase of moral failures in their ranks
“Two weeks ago I sat with a pastor of a megachurch who explained the unraveling of his former assistant’s deceptive adulterous involvement with numerous women in numerous cities over the past few years. A married man with children and set to be the future senior pastor, yet he threw it all away for the “temporary... Continue Reading
In talking about Christian persecution, we need to put things in a proper perspective
“Could it be then that by invoking the language of persecution Christians are simply showing their desire to get in the line of victims? After all, this is the recent and easy way to achieve status in the United States, namely, to show that you are the object of oppression (even to the point of... Continue Reading
‘This Is Not About Me’
Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly thanks ‘compassionate, merciful God’, urges believers to help Africa
“I assure you that the reality on the ground in West Africa is worse than the worst report you’ve seen,” he said. “And our attention and our efforts need to be on loving the people there, on praying for them the way that so many of you prayed for me.” He urged followers of Christ to... Continue Reading
When Your Husband Is Addicted To Pornography
The book is not a manual on how to fix your husband, it is also more specifically geared for encountering the first level of sexual addiction, which is pornography
“While I’m glad to see more and more resources available for men who struggle with sexual sin, their suffering wives have not had much available to them. And I have had more friends than I’d like to number who have been in this painful struggle–When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography. Of course, the gospel... Continue Reading
Yes, Restore Mark Driscoll. But to What?
Maybe Driscoll is simply not pastoral material.
Since when does welcoming someone back to fellowship mean that you have to welcome him back to a post he abused? What’s wrong with a pew, even up front if he wants it? But just a pew? Laity, as the kids might say if the idea ever entered their heads, rocks! The verse Morris cites... Continue Reading
The Psalmist Tells Us – Sing!
God created music for the good of his people.
I don’t know about you, but I find that during phases of spiritual dehydration, the night is the hardest part of the day. It’s probably because I don’t have any activities to distract my brain; I’m forced to lie in bed and think about all the different elements that are contributing to my depression. What... Continue Reading
God is Always at Work
If you find yourself in a season of darkness, you are not all alone.
God is always at work. This is a glorious truth that all believers need to carry in their heart. Nothing that we experience, no tear that we shed, no pain that we endure, no sin that we commit, gets wasted in God’s economy. He uses it all to change us into the likeness of his... Continue Reading
Affections and Emotions
How does one order his affections and thereby begin to control his emotions?
By nature, mankind lives in the passions of their flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and are by nature children of wrath (Ephesians 2:3). Properly ordering one’s affections, therefore, is impossible for those who are outside of Christ. But, for the Christian – the one who has been born again,... Continue Reading
8 Causes of Pastoral Ministry Slump
The pastoral ministry slump is subjective if not vague. But it's real. And every pastor experiences it.
The “slump” metaphor is used often in sports. The baseball hitter is in a slump because he has not gotten a hit in 15 at bats. The football quarterback is in a slump because he has only completed eight passes in the past two games. But pastors can get in slumps as well. Admittedly they... Continue Reading
On Pastoral (Dis)qualification and Other Things
There are a set of very specific and detailed qualifications that are necessary - not optional - for any man who would be an under-shepherd of any flock of God.
I thankfully acknowledge that, mercifully, and to the best of our knowledge, Mark has not been guilty of “immorality, illegality and heresy.” Nevertheless, I protest that this is not the issue in the matter of pastoral qualification and disqualification. The presence of scandalous and often public sin would certainly disqualify any man from ministry at... Continue Reading
When “Biblical” is Just Another Hashtag
Putting it another way, we’re already pretty sure we’re right, so we try to pull the Bible in on our side.
And the problem, of course, is that the ideas just come from our own brains, not the Bible. I’m afraid, sometimes, that because whole generations of us grew up knowing all the Bible stories backwards and forwards, we go into life with the unspoken assumption that “if I’m pretty sure it’s right, it’s biblical.” But... Continue Reading
When Dad Doesn’t Disciple the Kids
In homes where dad is spiritually absent, I believe mom is called both to pray and to act.
In the absence of dad’s help, move forward to fill the gap. Without vilifying dad, simply begin having the conversationsnecessary to guide your children safely to adulthood. Continue to pray for dad. Continue to invite him periodically to join the conversation. Continue to honor him by committing to speak well of him to your children.... Continue Reading
5 Bad Substitutes for Discipline
Five poor substitutes that fail to address the heart.
There is nothing easy about parenting, and nothing easy about the responsibility of training our children in obedience through discipline. Because discipline is unpopular and unpleasant, parents often find themselves looking for substitutes. In her book Parenting Against the Tide, Ann Benton lists five poor substitutes for disciplining our children—five poor substitutes that fail to... Continue Reading
California Orders Churches to Fund Abortions – Or Else
A regulatory change in California has placed abortion in the category of ‘basic health services’ all insurance plans must cover. Even those that churches buy.
Several other California churches have received similar notices from their insurers, and others will follow. While California (like the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS) exempts churches from its contraceptive mandate, there is no exception to this bureaucratic abortion mandate. This leaves California churches in the illogical and impossible position of being free... Continue Reading
10 Reasons I Quit Competitive Parenting
Resigning from the sport of competitive parenting
So there you have it: just ten of the reasons why I feel like I’m losing at this sport of competitive parenting. So I’m done. I quit. I’m exhausted and just can’t do it anymore….To the rest of you parents who are as tired of the rat race as I am, won’t you join me... Continue Reading
When Jesus Calls You Satan
We sin like Peter when we refuse to accept those mysterious and hard-to-swallow truths
So what is Peter’s error? What is Peter’s sin? What was Peter’s thinking that smelled like smoke and resulted in the reprimand of Christ, “Get behind me, Satan!” Peter’s error is his refusal to accept persecution, pain, destruction, and death as part of God’s best plan for advancing His glory and expanding His Kingdom. Peter... Continue Reading