Sayings Christians Ought to Bury
Oftentimes newer or mis-shepherded Christians will latch onto sayings, get swept down the stream of error, and cause others to do the same.
“There are 2 or 3 of us, so let’s confirm this thing by praying, since, ‘Where 2 or 3 are gathered, Jesus is there.’” This saying is pulled from Matthew 18:20, where Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in their midst.” Christians typically use it to... Continue Reading
Taking the Risk with Christian Community
I reached out to my church and asked for help, and my fears were proven to be wrong
The absence of a cure-all does not mean an absence of care. I needed to take the risk to stop bracing myself, waiting to be rear-ended, and slowly let down my guard. Others took the risk of possibly saying the wrong thing or having to admit that they did not even know what to say.... Continue Reading
Time to Clear Out the Pundits
There’s one class of people in the political process who never seem to get cleared out; the pundits and opinionators.
I’m not speaking of ordinary journalists and reporters here — although it’s increasingly hard to separate them from the pundits these days. I’m referring to the talking heads, the op-ed columnists, the “experts.” The majority of them have failed dismally in their basic duties to us for a long time, but especially in the past... Continue Reading
Help from John Owen on Not Entering into Temptation
When life is most intense, or success is most attainable, or ministry is most dangerous, you are most susceptible to an hour of temptation.
In the Savior’s presence, at the height of intensity of his ministry, we see the disciples not only falling asleep but failing abysmally. Shortly Peter will swing a sword, deny his Lord three times, and nearly succumb to Satan in despair. The other men flee and hide in fear. Owen at this point shows a great... Continue Reading
Is Sex-Change Treatment Planned Parenthood’s New Moneymaker?
The nation’s largest abortion provider capitalizes on the growing acceptance of transgender rights.
The cost for a complete gender reassignment—surgery, therapy, hormones, lab tests, and doctor visits—ranges from $20,000 to more than $100,000, depending mainly on the number and types of surgeries involved. Fewer than 500 of the nation’s 700,000 transgender individuals undergo gender reassignment surgery in any given year, and Planned Parenthood does not perform sex-change operations.... Continue Reading
Stop Calling Your Wife Hot
Tell her she is smokin’ hot all you want. But don’t tell the rest of us because it does no good for anyone.
Fellas, calling your wife hot to other people is awkward. We can’t agree with you. That would be really weird. We can’t disagree with you. That would be really mean. Ignoring you is rude, but it’s probably our best option in this case. Do you really want us trying to determine if your wife is, in... Continue Reading
The Laments: Where the Mind and Heart Meet
In the laments we see that while both the mind and heart are important, there are times when one needs to lead the other.
It’s easy when we read the laments in Scripture to zero in on the psalmist’s expression of emotion. We can relate to it. The prose is vivid and sharp. It describes our own pain as though we were looking at our heart in a mirror. Perhaps that’s why we are drawn to the Psalms when... Continue Reading
Are Evangelical Churches Abandoning the Working Class?
As cycles of unemployment, poverty and death have set in on many working class communities across America, are churches overlooking their responsibilities to help alleviate the pain and suffering of plighted working class families?
Bradley added that most Christian leaders are also not willing to sacrifice the convenience of ministering in a city neighborhood located about 25 to 30 minutes from their home for a small town that is hours away. “You can’t do that when addressing issues of lower class white poverty because those communities primarily live in... Continue Reading
To The Women With Whom He “Didn’t Cheat”
You don't know me. I'm the woman from the other side of the screen. I was the woman who loved that man you "didn't cheat" with.
I wish you had touched him, and kissed him, and been intimate with him. At least then the pain I felt would have made sense. Nobody would have told me “Boys will be boys!” or “Stop overreacting, every man does it.” At least then I could have left and saved myself 8 years of degradation.... Continue Reading
Spurgeon’s, “Of Two Evils, Choose Neither,” Doesn’t Help Us With Trump
The reason many Christians wish to avoid choosing between the lesser of two evils is because they confuse an evil with a wrong.
Imagine our two families are miles from land in a sinking boat. Suddenly, out of the mist, come two boats to save us. One is captained by an adulterer; the other is captained by a thief. Which boat will you get into? You say, “Neither one. I’m waiting for the evangelical boat which is captained... Continue Reading
Don’t Be A Jerk!
Sage counsel from an experienced pastor to other pastors.
Don’t be an emotional abuser. You should never use guilt to get your way, or maneuver someone into a decision so they will be more useful for your ministry or program. Guilt is a powerful and useful tool, and a good tool, when used by the Holy Spirit to convict people of real sin. If... Continue Reading
God’s Creation, Not Ours: Light at Conception
At the moment that you, I and everyone else who has ever lived were conceived, the microscopic equivalent of “fireworks” went off.
“Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film. An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.” Think about this for a moment. At the moment that you, I... Continue Reading
Army Reinstates Green Beret Who Confronted Afghan Rapist
The Army on April 28 reversed its decision to dismiss a Green Beret soldier who physically confronted an Afghan police commander for raping a young boy.
Martland learned last August that, as a result of the 2011 incident and his subsequent official reprimand, he would be placed in the Army’s Qualitative Management Program (QMP) and involuntarily separated from the military. But the Army’s Human Resources Command officially changed his status, allowing him to remain on active duty. (WNS)–The Army on... Continue Reading
Beliefs On Homosexuality Get Christian Student Kicked Out Of College
Former Missouri State University student Andrew Cash is suing the college for kicking him out based on his opposition to same-sex relationships.
Cash, who began his master’s in counseling in 2007, was expelled from the program in 2014 for expressing his views on counseling homosexual couples on relationship issues. “He never said he wouldn’t counsel a gay person,” Jason Craddock, a lawyer with the Thomas More Society, which filed the suit earlier this week, told me. Cash... Continue Reading
9Marks of the Truly Complementarian
When the truly complementarian lives correctly he and his wife will sit at table with truly mutualists and the only argument will be over who pays the bill.
The truly complementarian doesn’t talk about hierarchy, authority, roles and assignments but about love and relationships and how his and her strengths and gifts complement one another — making each other better and the two of them a unity…The truly complementarian talks about serving his wife the way Christ served the church and tells us... Continue Reading
A Response to “Classical Christian Education and Doug Wilson”
The President of the Association of Classical Christian Schools responds to a critique of its organization.
I have participated in and provided oversight of countless accreditations in the past 12 years. Never in my memory has Mr. Wilson had any say, or even made a comment on, school accreditation. Even his role within our organization is merely advisory—he has no formal authority. Our accreditation process is rigorous, and it requires that... Continue Reading
The Minister Who Moved a Mountain
The story of Bob Childress is not only eye-opening, it offers us hope for today.
Despite facing abject poverty, alcoholism, grief, domestic abuse and gun-wielding foes, Childress didn’t cave to culture pressers. He certainly didn’t soften his theology. But he did soften hearts and minds to Jesus. The challenges we face look different, but sin is ever-constant. If you ever visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, then you’re sure to... Continue Reading
Did the Early Christians Get the Jesus Story Wrong?
Bart Ehrman has (again) released a book attacking the reliability and historical integrity of the New Testament.
In sum, Ehrman has written another interesting, provocative, and, at times, even insightful book. But just like his prior books, he’s continually tripped up by a hyper-skeptical methodology that seems bent on poking holes in the authenticity of the Gospels. He takes possibilities and turns them into probabilities and eventually into established fact. Bart Ehrman has (again)... Continue Reading
A Unified Field Theory on Gender
I do believe that God is sanctifying His Church, and I think the next step may be moving us to a better understanding of male and female in the image of God
The problem is that while the complementarian movement explained a lot and defended important Scripture, it still has underlying root weaknesses. The primary one, in my opinion, is its foundational misinterpretation of Genesis 3:16 that believes a woman’s root problem after the fall is that she wants to take control from the man and dominate... Continue Reading
“Living In The Light” by John Piper: A Review
The book was helpful in that it kept talking about how the Christian needs to have God at the center and must treasure Christ above all
However, this also was a weakness of the book: the theme of treasuring Christ became the overarching lens to interpret these three topics in Scripture. While on the one hand it is true we must treasure Christ above all; on the other hand there are many more dimensions in Scripture about these things. Having a... Continue Reading
Love & Bragging
Why is love antithetical to bragging? Bragging is an expression of self-worship (over and above God) and self-love (over and above others).
Many of us Christians, pastors, and spiritual celebrities, especially in my younger generation, are like those crows. We perch ourselves on the high roosts of Christendom, take our position, and caw for praise. The older, more seasoned generation of pastors see it, discern, and mourn it. Sometimes they necessarily address it, but we are too sozzled... Continue Reading
What Are We To Do?
The rapid sexual descent of our culture either has or will force every Christian to seriously ask this question
What is a helpful Christian response? Should we stop baking cakes and taking wedding pictures? Should we sign petitions and organize boycotts? Should we position ourselves on the nearest picket line and protest? Should we sit and reminisce about the good ole days? Should we board up the doors and windows of our church building... Continue Reading
4 Common Ways Churches Fail Abuse Victims (and What to Do Instead)
It’s not too late to stem the tide of abuse within the Church and stop the terrible cover-ups and pastoral neglect from continuing to sweep the nation.
A large number of victims that I have talked to said that their churches failed to involve the proper authorities (2) because the churches themselves believed that they were capable of handling the situation in-house without the assistance of professionals. Many of the stories that have been shared with me have highlighted that even in... Continue Reading
If You’re Successful, Don’t Rejoice in Your Success
Rejoice that God wrote your name in the Lamb’s book of life when he chose you in Christ in eternity past.
God inscribed our names in his registry before the foundation of the world, before creating the heavens, before flinging the galaxies across the sky. He chose us in the misty eons of eternity past, long before angels existed. God chose us before we were born, or had done anything good or bad. “Nevertheless, do... Continue Reading
The Depressed Homemaker’s Greatest Need
A homemaker has only one possible source of gratitude — her husband
I talked with Shona about this and she said, “This is so important. Homemakers have only one source of affirmation — their husbands. Most young kids don’t usually notice what we do and praise us. There are no colleagues or customers to express appreciation and admiration. Our husbands are our only source of encouragement and... Continue Reading
Target Stock Prices Plummet After 1 Million-Strong Boycott Over Transgender Bathroom Policy
Target’s stock fell from $84.10 per share on April 19 to roughly $79.36 on April 29, representing a corporate loss of over $2.5 billion," if constant.
“Target’s policy is exactly how sexual predators get access to their victims. And with Target publicly boasting that men can enter women’s bathrooms, where do you think predators are going to go?” the AFA’s petition states. “Clearly, Target’s dangerous new policy poses a danger to wives and daughters. We think many customers will agree. And... Continue Reading
Some Reflections On A Church That Has Recently Embraced Egalitarianism
I watched Pastor Pete Briscoe give his rationale for leading his church to welcome female elders
“I’m glad that the elders at Bent Tree have stated their views so clearly and have opened up a public conversation. Although I disagree with them, I hope and pray the best for Bent Tree. I think the elders are mistaken on this one and would do well to reconsider what the Bible teaches.” ... Continue Reading
Don’t Just Pray Alone
In his letters, the Apostle Paul repeatedly asked first-century churches to pray for him
“We should ask people to pray for us, but also be willing to take up the important practice of praying with others. Praying together—face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder—is one of our most precious privileges.” Would you pay someone to pray for you? Beginning in 2011, the Christian Prayer Center charged people between $9 and $35 to... Continue Reading
What The Spirit Is Doing Or What We Are Saying? Distinguishing Reformed And Pentecostal Piety
Charismatic folk describe ordinary phenomena in extraordinary, apostolic terms
“One aspect of that revivalist pattern is the claim to renewed apostolic phenomena. Suggestions were made in the 18th century and proclaimed loudly in the 19th and 20th centuries that the apostolic phenomena had been restored to those with faith to receive and exercise them.” Introduction Since the early 19th century American Christianity has... Continue Reading
Confession and Orthodoxy: Covenantal Thinking
All of God’s relationships with humanity are covenant relationships
In 7.5, the Confession explains the role of the Law, or the Mosaic covenant, and the time of “the gospel”. Of course, every believer at any point in time is always saved by faith in Jesus as 7.3 instructs. However, the Confession is careful to follow the Biblical text and states “this covenant [of grace]... Continue Reading