PCA Minister Terry Traylor Called Home to Glory
Traylor, 64, died of an apparent heart attack
Rev. Terry O. Traylor, 64, a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, died on Thursday, December 12, 2013 of an apparent heart attack. Terry had served as the Senior Pastor of New Life PCA in Glenside, Penn., a suburb of Philadelphia until September. He left that position to become a Church Planting Coordinator with... Continue Reading
What Do You Think of When You Think of the New Calvinism?
What I think of when I think of the New Calvinism: gratitude
Those of us who are young should learn from our fathers and mothers in the faith. I do not hear from them triumphalism, but neither do I hear cynicism or defeatism. I hear from them tremendous gratitude–gratitude for church plants and a growing burden for missions and a hunger for good theology and a rejection... Continue Reading
Taking Credit, Deflecting Blame
Controversy surrounding megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll shines light on practices in Christian publishing industry
“It is a shame that a Christian publisher would cite ‘market standards’ when there are biblical standards to go by,” Throckmorton said. “Christian publishers should aspire to more than mere industry standards.” At least one Christian publisher said Driscoll’s books do not even rise to that low bar. Accusations of plagiarism surrounding Seattle megachurch... Continue Reading
For Those Who Don’t — or Won’t — Quite Get It
Any dissent can be dismissed as the mean-minded and malicious ranting of the envious and excluded
And that is why, as long as there are unaccountable but powerful leaders out there who take advantage of the decent, honest evangelical people who fund the operation (and lots of whom attend the churches where many of us minister week by week), we have to hope that there will be those who can neither... Continue Reading
The Road to Apostasy
The road to apostasy is paved by bricks of apathy towards Christ. If you want to persevere, then give attention to your affections.
Soon, this frustration of having to perform Christianly and keep up the pretense of loving and loyally following Jesus will be overwhelming. Frustration grows quickly into an uncontainable force. Like a shaken up bottle of soda it needs relief; they can no longer live with the dichotomy between head and heart. Soon, you give way... Continue Reading
The Fear and Worry Addiction Group Will Meet on Thursday
“Nice” Christians need to realize all sins are ugly and nasty.
Consider complainers; why don’t we have a group for them like we do for people with anger issues? Even a little acquaintance with Scripture would yield the conclusion that this is very obnoxious before God, and for many of the same reasons relating to fear. Complaining is also against God’s wisdom, love and power. Again,... Continue Reading
What Is One of My Greatest Marriage Mistakes as a Pastor?
I have listen to my wife’s concerns, but have failed to listen to her voice.
My wife has a lot of wisdom. She has saved me from some really dumb mistakes and decisions. I listen to my wife’s concerns as she often times has an intuition and perspective that I did not have that proved very valuable. However, just because I have listened to her concerns about my ministry throughout the years, doesn’t mean I... Continue Reading
America and the Culture of Vulgarity—No End in Sight
A society that increasingly sees all sexual restraint as repression hardly intends to turn back.
On one final point, Siegel is unquestionably right. He argues that “when the culture of vulgarity is produced by so many different factors—commercial, economic, social, aesthetic—there is no end in sight.” That is the sad truth. The culture of vulgarity is now driven by so many sectors of our society that it seems virtually impossible... Continue Reading
An Unconditionally Conditional Faith
Emergent theology encourages the unconditional affirmation of truth whose terms are constantly subject to change
According to Emergents, theological certainty is an historical idol which present- day Christians must cast down if the faith is to survive, much less thrive, in a postmodern era. If we shed that philosophical shackle, we’ll be free to become what Jesus intends us to be: a body of believers, no longer torn by doctrinal... Continue Reading
Sean Lucas Elected to Faculty at Reformed Seminary in Jackson
Dr. Lucas has been elected as a regular faculty member at RTS-Jackson; will continue as pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Miss.
Lucas served for five years as the archives and special collections librarian at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During that time, he and his family joined Community Presbyterian Church in Louisville. The session called him to serve as an assistant pastor and he served there for two years. In 2004, Lucas and his family moved to St. Louis, where he... Continue Reading
Summit Megachurch Founder Isaac Hunter Found Dead In Apparent Suicide
Isaac Hunter, son of Orlando’s Northland Church Pastor Joel Hunter, has apparently committed suicide
Isaac Hunter, 36, resigned on Nov. 26, 2012, from the megachurch he founded after he admitted to other Summit pastors that he had engaged in an affair with a staff member. His wife of 13 years, Rhonda Hunter, subsequently filed a domestic-violence petition against Hunter, describing him as unstable, erratic and suicidal. Isaac Hunter,... Continue Reading
Have Yourself A Merry Twoist Christmas
There is no Oneist joy ‘from’ the world;’ true ‘joy to the world’ comes from the Twoist Creator-God
Thank God for the Twoist Christmas, a unique historical event, distinct from every other event, where God, the totally transcendent Creator, intervened in history to alter human destiny from top to bottom. Here is indescribable mystery. The Creator and the creature united, without confusion, in the same person, to bring about the project of human... Continue Reading
J.I. Packer: The Lost Interview
From a recording that disappeared in transit five years ago, the octogenarian theologian shares how God shaped him first and foremost as a catechist
After your early disappointment in the Anglican Church that betrayed you by not giving the gospel to you, why do you still see the church as important? It was a parachurch organization that early nurtured you. But my faith comes from the Bible. In the New Testament the church is the center of the plan of... Continue Reading
Louis Zamperini at 96, Is Still ‘Unbroken’ After All These Years
The story of this living legend is being made into a movie directed by Angelina Jolie
His wife, he told me, went to Billy Graham’s historic 1949 Los Angeles Crusade and there she found the Lord. She then persuaded him to go along with her and he said that was very upset with having to attend, but eventually, he too made a personal commitment to Christ, and his whole life turned... Continue Reading
Why the New Book by David Wells Is Different and How It Relates to His Earlier Works
Wells argues that the church must recover an understanding of and encounter with the holy-love of God: his holiness bound to his love
Wells explains that “some critics have complained that [these earlier five books] contain no answers to the church’s current parlous state. The criticism has some merit. In my mind, I assumed an answer to the dilemmas unearthed and was not always as explicit in setting this out as I should have been.” This book is... Continue Reading
Men and Women’s Brains Are ‘Wired Differently’
Men and women's brains are connected in different ways which may explain why the sexes excel at certain tasks
“It has been known for some time that there are differences between the sexes when it comes to how our bodies work and the brain is no exception. However, he said care must be taken in drawing conclusions from the study, as the precise relationships between how our brains are wired and our performance on... Continue Reading
New Life After the Fall of Ted Haggard
How the megachurch healed—by remembering what it means to be the local church.
After the two tragedies, church numbers declined almost by half—down to 8,000 members or fewer, from a reported peak of 14,000—with a corresponding decline in income. Staff faced multiple layoffs. Longtime pastors and leaders moved on. In time, the spotlight faded. And the remaining staff and members were left to recover, to remember, to rediscover... Continue Reading
A Big ‘A’ on Daley Plaza? That’s the Best Atheists Can Do?
An agnostic's take on the Christmas season.
The city tree is a celebration. The creche and the rest, castigation. Protected speech, true, though you wonder what happens when Muslims and Buddhists, Scientologists and Taoists all stake out spots. What the war-on-Christmas crowd doesn’t get is there are lots of religions, and if they all set up shop on Daley Plaza soon there... Continue Reading
If God’s In Charge, What Does This Mean For Our Plans?
Is it wrong to make plans for the future?
How silly it is to make our plans independent from the One who made us. How silly it is to carve out our own autonomous niches. How silly it is to live, dream, and aspire with God’s will as a secondary concern. With that said, is James implying that all of our attempts to “plan... Continue Reading
Books by John Howard Yoder to Include A Statement Regarding His Sexual Abuse
Yoder (1927–1997), well-known Mennonite theologian for his work on Christian ethics, is also remembered for his long-term sexual harassment and abuse of women
The board and staff of MennoMedia, the publishing agency for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, has issued a statement regarding the continued publication of John Howard Yoder books in light of ongoing discussions of Yoder’s long-term sexual harassment and abuse… We are opting to continue to make his work available but are placing... Continue Reading
Judge Orders Colorado Cake Maker To Serve Gay Couples
The business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.
“At first blush, it may seem reasonable that a private business should be able to refuse service to anyone it chooses,” Judge Spencer said in his written order. “This view, however, fails to take into account the cost to society and the hurt caused to persons who are denied service simply because of who they... Continue Reading
The 5 Gossips You Will Meet
Most of us have met these people. Most of us have been these people.
We all know The Backstabber, don’t we? The Backstabber is a complainer, but he is more than that. He is also angry and malicious and is out destroy others. He may bring full-out lies in order to bring down another person, or he may engage in a smear campaign. He looks for something, anything, everything wrong... Continue Reading
Who Needs Santa When You’ve Got Jesus?
Santa, the Christmas Lie, is but a whimper and a sigh in the light of Jesus, the Christmas Truth.
In other words, Jesus is WAY cooler than Santa. This is a message that is, I think, tragically lost on many children. Let’s be honest: Christmas ain’t big enough for the both of them. Santa, the fun fictional character? Sure. Santa, the silly game of make believe? Yeah, he can join the festivities without overshadowing... Continue Reading
Has the Megachurch Lost Its Luster?
What will be the future ecclesiastical landscape?
Seekers, the curious, and nominal believers can come to enjoy a show, hear a sermon, remain unperturbed in the enormous crowds, and enjoy the energy and facilities of a megachurch. However, if these same people want depth, they will be referred to small groups. But, more often than not, hungry Christians will begin to attend... Continue Reading
More Arguments That Are Less Than Meets the Eye
10 popular arguments that should be less persuasive than they often are.
If you traffic the blogosphere, or just scroll down Hootsuite or your Facebook page, you will find these arguments in abundance. And they very often carry the day. But on closer inspection, the reasoning is often much less than meets the eye. Three years ago I wrote a post about six popular arguments that should... Continue Reading
Is it Really That Simple?
Simplicity isn't a discipline; it is an essential characteristic of God.
Sure, simplifying can be a very good thing. But when we are talking about our spiritual life, goodness, obedience, and truth, I think that it is important to recognize that these are not virtues that come from within ourselves. This discipline of simplicity that Foster teaches is ambiguous at best. At worst, it is suggesting... Continue Reading
9 Reasons to Reconsider Preaching Verse-by-Verse
Benefits from expositional preaching
Verse-by-verse preaching generally gets a head nod from preaching books as a technique for the overly-zealous Bible expositors who view the Bible more as a lecture than a sermon. But I’d like us to reconsider not simply expositional, but verse-by-verse preaching as a means to bridge the gap between this generation and the millennial generation... Continue Reading
Presbyterian Church in America General Assembly for Beginners, Part 1
An introduction for those for whom this will be their first GA
First, what is the GA? It is the annual meeting of representatives of the churches that make up the PCA. A fuller description of the GA is found in Chapter 14 of the BCO. I recommend that you read it. The GA meets at different locations around the nation, usually in a city that has... Continue Reading
Pearl Harbor Survivor James Downing, 100, Shares Story of That Fateful Day
Jim Downing, 100, the oldest known survivor of Pearl Harbor talks about his experiences; a gunnery mate on the USS West Virginia, Downing was onshore when the attack began
“Then an anti-aircraft shell landed right outside and blew a crater about 25 feet across,” Downing said, illustrating with outstretched arms. There was no time to think, he said — time only to react and rely on training. As he told his new bride goodbye, she handed him a verse of Scripture from Deuteronomy 33:27:... Continue Reading
Karen Hodge Named PCA Women’s Ministry Coordinator
Hodge has been appointed as the Women's Ministry Coordinator for the PCA, effective February 1, 2014
Karen is a member of Naperville PCA in Naperville, IL, where her husband Chris serves as Pastor. She has served the PCA for many years in a variety of roles. As a mother and the wife of a pastor, she has ministered in the following congregations: Briarwood PCA in Birmingham, AL, Christ Covenant PCA in... Continue Reading