5 Consequences Leaders Face for Not Resting

Struggling to rest is a weakness, and one that we should recognize in our lives and help those we lead recognize in theirs.

Wise leaders don’t affirm people who brag about being workaholics or brag about never resting. Wise leaders know that a leader who fails to rest is a leader who fails to lead effectively. If you don’t rest, you won’t lead effectively. If you don’t lead your team to rest, they won’t lead as effectively as... Continue Reading

12 Ways To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

How can pastors and churches be more responsible in protecting our children?

If you pay any attention to the news, you are well aware that sexual offenders show up in churches, predators hunting defenseless prey, who do unspeakably horrible things to our children. Much of what is done could be prevented, but many churches are ignorant about how to protect their children and about how to respond... Continue Reading

The Antidote to Anemic Worship

A concern for true biblical worship was at the very heart of the Reformation.

In far too many churches, the Bible is nearly silent. The public reading of Scripture has been dropped from many services and the sermon has been sidelined, reduced to a brief devotional appended to the music. Many preachers accept this as a necessary concession to the age of entertainment. Some hope to put in a... Continue Reading

Why You Will Join the Wrong Church

Our culture’s view of love and commitment mirrors how many Christians view church membership.

Joining a church, like seeking a spouse, is daunting. Loving others makes us vulnerable and committing ourselves to a church immerses us in the needs of other sinners. Eventually, every congregation will find a way to get under our skin, frustrate us, or even wound us—and we will do the same to them. Our relationships... Continue Reading

The Reformed Churches Confess Infant Baptism

In light of this evidence, it is hard to see how insisting on infant baptism is anything but consistent with the covenant theology and confession of the Reformed Churches

In the Reformation, the Reformed Churches appealed to the unrevoked divine promises to Abraham, “I will be a God to you and to your children, which the Apostle Peter reiterated in Acts 2:39 and thus confessed infant baptism as essential to the Reformed faith and practice. In contrast, as Denault observes, the Baptists wanted to... Continue Reading

Reformed Churches in the Netherlands Suspended by the International Conference of Reformed Churches for Adopting Women’s Ordination

By a vote of 25-4 the International Conference of Reformed Churches has decided to suspend the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands for having adopting women’s ordination.

By a vote of 25-4 , the International Conference of Reformed Churches has decided to suspend the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.  This comes after the RCN last month at their synod decided to open all the offices of the church to women.    By a vote of 25-4 (with two abstentions), the International Conference... Continue Reading

“Gender Apartheid” And “Toxic Masculinity” In NAPARC? (2)

The only way out of our late-modern morass is to recover basic biblical categories, nature and grace.

The Word of God is holy and inerrant. There is neither “gender apartheid” nor “toxic masculinity” in Scripture but the creational differences and order between male and female are clearly revealed, taught, and applied. The visible church is the earthly manifestation of the eschatological kingdom of God but eschatology does not wipe out nature (creation).... Continue Reading

Entertainment and Worship

The encroachment of entertainment into our worship is not a matter of style but of substance.

Entertainment is a good thing, but its purpose is the refreshment of the mind and body, not the transformation of the mind or the edification of the spirit. The danger of entertainment in worship is not about which musical instruments are permitted or what era of hymns the church should sing. The danger is found... Continue Reading

Reformed Churches in the Netherlands At the International Conference of Reformed Churches: Should They Stay or Go?

At their recent synod the RCN fully adopted women’s ordination; the Orthodox Presbyterian Church instructed their delegates to the ICRC to propose the suspension of the RCN.

Debate about the future of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (RCN) as members of the International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC) has been continuing in Jordan, Ontario.  At their synod last month, the RCN fully adopted women’s ordination.  Anticipating this move, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church mandated their delegates to the ICRC to propose the... Continue Reading

Why Is The Episcopal Church Near Collapse

A psychologist opined that talk of ‘sin’ would be psychologically damaging and offensive to people, especially gays, so it is off the radar screen. ‘No sin, please; we’re Episcopalians.’

Beckwith says the failure of the resolution introduced by conservatives to declare the church’s “unchanging commitment to Jesus Christ as the son of God, the only name by which any person may be saved” was extremely disturbing. “When a Christian church cannot bring itself to endorse a bedrock Christian theological statement repeatedly found in the... Continue Reading