Ligonier Suspends R. C. Sproul Jr. Over Ashley Madison Visit

Reformed leader admits accessing adultery website 'in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity.'

“With the revelation of the hack has come the revelation of my sin. I recently informed the board of Ligonier Ministries, which has handled the matter internally, having suspended me until July 1, 2016,” he wrote. “I also informed my presbytery which is also handling the matter internally. And now the world is informed. My... Continue Reading

A Note to Christian Men

Their first reaction when an woman walks in is to look her up and down. A momentary evaluation which will decide whether she is worth a few more lingering looks and thoughts.

What does this tells us about these men – the “evaluators”?  It tells us that the power of lust and desire for sexual gratification, even through brief visual stimulation, is compulsive and controlling. It is the most immediate and powerful impulse. Everything else, for that moment or two, becomes unimportant, in order to get a... Continue Reading

10 Ways to Overcome Spiritual Weariness

When we’re weary we can find fresh strength, joy and motivation in Christ.

Being a disciple of Jesus is hard. He said we must daily take up our cross and die to ourselves. He calls us to serve, love, and look to the interest of others. Following Jesus yields immeasurable joy, but we can also grow weary from day to day. Weary in parenting, weary in serving, weary... Continue Reading

Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

I’ve been noticing more and more strange teachings on femininity and biblical womanhood in the last couple of years.

I realized that the Ask Pastor John answer that I responded to last week basically comes right out of his teaching in Chapter One of RBMW. So I decided to skim over the chapter again. It has been shocking for me to reread this as a more mature woman. Some parts were actually quite unbelievable.... Continue Reading

The Three Functions Of The Law In The Christian Life

As Paul recognized in Romans 7, there remains a persistently difficult relationship between the justified, saved sinner and God’s holy law.

The law remains the law and we remain sinners. “If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar” (1 John 1:10). The nomist thinks that, now that we have grace, we have no need of the gospel or that the gospel is only to help us obey the law. The antinomian thinks... Continue Reading

Pro-Choice or Pro-Options: On Leadership

Great leaders make tough choices and, in so doing, commit themselves to courses of action that can bring praise but also excoriation.

Much of the culture surrounding Christianity at the moment militates against the kind of commitment that making a choice, rather than merely having a choice, demands.  The language of conversation, so popular in certain quarters, has a certain open-ended quality to it. Once upon a time, arguments and debates were designed for the express purpose... Continue Reading

Southern Baptists Will Cut 600 to 800 Missionaries and Staff

David Platt: International Mission Board overspent $210 million over last 6 years

The first of the cuts will come from voluntary retirements, followed by a restructuring. Overall, the IMB could release as many as 800 employees, according to an FAQ posted on the IMB’s website. Currently, the IMB has about 450 staff and about 4,700 missionaries overseas, down from 5,600 in 2009. Platt said earlier this year... Continue Reading

Doctors Advised My Mom to Abort Me

Quite literally, my mom gave her life for mine.

As a pastor, I am sensitive to the guilt of those who have had an abortion, knowing that God is a God of forgiveness and healing. My prayer is that more families, single moms and confused couples would have the courage and selflessness that my mom displayed to reach out for help. May we reclaim... Continue Reading

Killing Sin by the Spirit, Post 2 (Know and Live Your Identity in Christ)

Step 2 is to fully understand who you are in Christ and to begin living life out of a mindset that comes from your identity in Christ

You need to spend time meditating on passages like Colossians 3, Ephesians 2, Romans 6 and 1 Peter 2. These passages will help you solidify your understanding of your new identity in Christ. But do more than read and think. Pray. Sing. Worship God for your new identity in Christ. Then, as you’re living your... Continue Reading

China Honours Christian Missionary And Olympic Athlete Eric Liddell

British Olympic champion and missionary to China, Eric Liddell, has been honored with a statue in his native China.

The British educated athlete who was nicknamed ‘the flying Scotsman’ and born in Tianjin, returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher, where he mostly remained until his death in 1945, in a Japanese civilian internment camp. On Monday, the marble sculpture of Liddell, captured in mid-stride, was unveiled in Tianjin…  ... Continue Reading

The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons

By imminent decline of contemporary worship music, I do not mean imminent disappearance.

“Contemporary worship” to me is an oxymoron. Biblically, worship is what angels and morning stars did before creation; what Abraham, Moses and the Levites, and the many-tongued Jewish diaspora at Pentecost did. It is what the martyrs, now ascended, do, and what all believers since the apostles have done. More importantly, it is what we... Continue Reading

Who Am I?

Knowing who we are as Scripture defines us

I am so grateful I have not been left to my own wisdom to understand who I am and who we are as human beings. What conflicting ideas exist among us! Thankfully, God’s Word makes sense of what would otherwise be senseless and random….the Word is robust enough to give clarity amidst the complexity.  ... Continue Reading

A Review: ‘Perspectives On The Extent Of The Atonement: Three Views’

There is genuine profit in reading an exposition and defense of varying views that goes beyond the needs of the beginning student.

Carl Trueman defends “Definite Atonement,” arguing that Christ died with the intention of saving his elect. His essay consists of two primary planks:  1) The Particularity of Intention in Christ’s Saving Mission, and 2) The Objective Efficacy of Christ’s Work…. Grant Osborne defends the “General Atonement” view in a series of steps that Christ died for everyone,... Continue Reading

Why Aren’t Calvinists Pacifists?

Pacifism has gained much more traction among Anabaptists, and among liberal Catholics and Protestants, than among Reformed believers.

I am a Reformed evangelical Christian, and I am not a pacifist. I do not see a consistent pacifist requirement in Scripture, especially for rulers and governments. But Reformed Christians could use more skepticism about the wisdom and value of war, and about the aims of the nation in which they live.   Why have so... Continue Reading

‘Conflict of Rights’: Christian University Takes Battle For Law School to B.C. Supreme Court

Trinity Western University is asking B.C. Supreme Court to overturn the society’s decision to deny accreditation to graduates.

The cases pit religious freedoms against same-sex equality rights, with each side arguing discrimination. Boonstra said Trinity’s covenant is central to the private university’s identity as an evangelical Christian institution.  It enrols about 4,000 students annually. They are not screened for sexual orientation but must abide by the code of conduct. It asks students to... Continue Reading

S.C. Church’s Stance On Homosexuality Challenged

The South Carolina Baptist Convention asks First Baptist Greenville to either reverse its decision on marriage ceremonies, church membership and ordination to homosexuals or withdraw from the convention.

Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the church’s claim not to have made a decision on homosexuality “is theologically, biblically, morally and even logically incoherent. The church certainly did make a decision regarding homosexuality.” Mohler wrote in a blog post that SBC moderates’ refusal to affirm the doctrine of scriptural inerrancy... Continue Reading

Video Whistleblower: Planned Parenthood Does Some Good In Addition to ‘Things Like Fetal Trafficking’

Republican lawmakers have called for an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood

A vote to divert Planned Parenthood funding to community health centers and hospitals that do not perform abortions failed when Senate Democrats filibustered the legislation, although two of their colleagues voted with Republicans. “There would be absolutely no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health,” said Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) during... Continue Reading

Missions Without Discipleship Is Tourism

Making disciples must remain at the center of our efforts in obedience to God’s Great Commission.

Short-term teams, mercy ministries and missions supporters must help to refocus our missions efforts so the lost are directed into the disciple making process. These other aspects of missions are valuable in demonstrating God’s grace and mercy to the lost. Frequently, the lost can be directed to Christ through short-term or mercy ministry work. But,... Continue Reading

Three American Heroes On French Train Are Strong Christians

“They’re all Christians, they’re all very religious.”

Sadler is the son of a Baptist pastor in Sacramento, California. All three young men were childhood friends who attended California’s Freedom Christian School together and regularly played military games in their youth, according to the Gospel Herald…. Pastor Anthony Sadler, who ministers in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, told reporters that he believes his son and... Continue Reading

Augustines For The 21st Century

The church needs more pastors who write and preach top-notch theology

“Today,” Hiestand and Wilson write, “we find ourselves in a context where to be a theologian is, almost by definition, to be a professor in the academy. And to be a pastor is, almost by definition, to be anything but a theologian.” Most pastors act as “passive conveyors of insights from theologians to laity. A... Continue Reading

I’m Sick Of Your Moral Relativism

It’s time to quit waffling: Babies are humans at conception. Period.

“For those still clinging to their pro-choice flag, willingly ignorant of science, please know: Your moral relativism is nauseating in its consequences, annoying in its logical fallacies, and disgusting in its devastating effects on political and cultural debate.”   For all their fervor, the center-left media still struggle to condemn Planned Parenthood for selling baby’s... Continue Reading

Is There Any Actual Demand for Same-Sex Marriage?

Of the population that identifies as LGBT, a mere 4 percent are in a “same-sex marriage.”

“Same-sex marriage became the law of the land without anything close to proportional demand by homosexuals to actually marry someone of the same sex. There are likely many more polyamorists who would be interested in getting married than same-sex couples. Indeed, when polygamy is legalized (an issue we’ll consider in a future article), the number will... Continue Reading

The Prosperity Gospel Creates Poor Christians

This bad theology results in misplaced hope, skewed reality, and wishful thinking

“Name it; Claim it!” is their mantra. And the number of goodies God doles out—whether in the form of a lucrative job, an increased bank account or even physical healing—depends entirely upon your faith (sometimes shown by how much you’re willing to give first).   Earlier this year, the Internet erupted over the fact that... Continue Reading

Sex-Selection Services in Demand at U.S. Fertility Clinics

A growing number of clinics in the United States now offer a controversial service called “family balancing” or “nonmedical sex selection.”

Fertility Institutes, a network known for sex selection services in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City, says nearly 90 percent of its clients have no medical fertility issues, but instead come from the U.S. and abroad to ensure their next child’s gender, The Wall Street Journal reported. For about $18,000, the clinic offers parents a... Continue Reading

3/4 Time

I’m 67 now, and statistically 3/4 of my way through life

“Millions of Christian men, baby boomers they call us, are facing the last 1/4 of life and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up like so many, simply killing time pleasantly in warm places.”   A decade ago, Bob Buford wrote a wonderful book called Half-time.   In it, he begs Christian men and women approaching... Continue Reading

The Silence of the Sheep – Why Is The UK Church Quiet About Abortion and Planned Parenthood?

Abortion is one of those shibboleth issues that is considered a ‘secular’ value and therefore cannot be criticised, which is why the PP scandal has been kept quiet

“What about the Church? In the US there have been many Christian commentators who, appalled by the videos, have not been slow to comment. But in the UK the silence has been almost deafening – apart from the Catholic Church and various campaign groups. But what about the rest of us – especially the evangelical... Continue Reading

‘My Pastor Is on the Ashley Madison List.’

Too many Christians have been caught using Ashley Madison, many of them pastors and church leaders. What now?

God’s grace is sufficient for the shepherd who falls, and the flock left vulnerable. We have a Great Shepherd, a Chief Shepherd, who is for us what earthly shepherds can never be: perfect, absolutely trustworthy, and never failing. It is He who leads us beside still waters in and into green pastures. Let us place... Continue Reading

There Were Only 3 ZIP Codes in America Without Any Ashley Madison Accounts — Here They Are

There are precisely three ZIP codes across the country that have no record of Ashley Madison users.

And there you have it. Those are the last vestiges of the US left untouched by Ashley Madison — though of course there is the possibility that there are other bastions of innocence that have fake accounts registered to them. Even so, the ubiquity of Ashley Madison is striking.   One of the reasons why... Continue Reading

The Ideal American Woman of the 19th Century

I would argue that we are influenced not only by the present day but by strongly held, cultural ideas of the past.

The following is an excerpt regarding the ideal 19th century woman, which historians have called the cult of true womanhood. If you read it in the light of the ongoing debate about gender roles, it has a familiar ring to it. Of particular note, this ideal could not be achieved by poor women or slaves.... Continue Reading

Ministering to the Suffering

Here are a few reminders for Christians as we minister to others in their suffering

Suffering is a time during which we experience the weight of the curse in heavier-than-usual ways. As people are pulled and pressed under previously unexperienced pains, people often say and do things spiritually uncharacteristic of how you’ve known them. And as much as we’d like the Spirit to ooze out of suffering’s squeeze, sometime it just... Continue Reading