Reformed Theological Seminary, Redeemer City to City Announce Strategic Partnership

CTC will work with RTS to provide a seminary program in New York City that will prepare ministry leaders "in the city for the city."

Redeemer City to City (CTC) and Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to provide a seminary education in New York City. This advances the vision of RTS to provide graduate theological education globally and that of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and its founding pastor, Dr. Timothy Keller, who started CTC to prepare ministry... Continue Reading

You Can’t Argue with a Dying Calvinist: Presbyterian Pastor, Perishing Parishioner

How well do we know people and their struggles? Do we know what to say and not say?

This post is a follow-up to “This Minister Lost His Faith” which you can read here. With both I am reflecting on the first chapter of John Updike’s In the Beauty of the Lilies which portrays a Princeton educated Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Clarence Arthur Wilmot. The historical setting is the early years of the 20th century. In the... Continue Reading

Why Christian Education

Training and nurturing covenant children while preparing them for ‘works of service’

The Bible clearly states that the unregenerate mind cannot please God because it places man at the center, assumes that human beings are basically good, actively suppresses the truth about God, and denies the supernatural realities of heaven and hell. The regenerate mind, from which Christian education flows, affirms the opposite: God is the creator... Continue Reading

Are Pro-Gay Evangelicals Out To Destroy Christianity?

While the pressure on the church to capitulate is what one might expect, Jesus and the apostles warned that this might happen

“One can only stand in shock at the reckless abandonment of truth especially in the explosive area of human sexuality. Satan is having a field day with Christians. It is hard to watch as liberal Protestant denominations slowly collapse in the face of a virulent homo fascism. Now a growing number of evangelical churches and... Continue Reading

The Future Of The Church Isn’t Youth

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's “Eight Theses on Youth Work in the Church”

The authenticity of young people’s protest against their elders is demonstrated by their willingness to maintain solidarity with the guilt of the church-community and to bear that burden in love, abiding in penitence before God’s word. There is no real “church association”; there is only the church.   Editor’s note: The following is a summary... Continue Reading

Will InterVarsity Losing Cal State Standoff Be Tipping Point For Campus Ministries Nationwide?

Cal State withdraws recognition from 23 student groups for not allowing non-Christian leaders

“California State University has told the campus ministry that “no exemption can be made” to a new non-discrimination policy that requires leadership positions be open to all students, InterVarsity announced in a monthly prayer letter. Now 23 student chapters are no longer recognized by their universities as official student groups, losing free access to rooms... Continue Reading

The Evangelical Roots of the Benedict Option

Briefly stated, the Benedict Option is the idea that Christians should selectively withdraw from mainstream American culture in order to live a life of simple Christian piety and virtue

“Yet what makes L’Abri so interesting as a model for the Benedict Option is its openness, a value not inimical to the Benedict approach but one certainly not often discussed by its proponents. L’Abri is a place where literally anyone can come and join the life of the community. During my time there I roomed... Continue Reading

InterVarsity Now “Derecognized” at California State University’s 23 Campuses

InterVarsity won’t be a recognized campus organization on the 23 schools in that system; it has been derecognized because it requires their leaders to have Christian beliefs

The bigger, and ongoing, issue is the continual sanitization of unacceptable religious voices from universities. It’s ironic—those who champion nondiscrimination, in the name of nondiscrimination, are creating rules that push out those who “discriminate” based on biblical belief statements…. The irony: the university is using a rule intended to protect and to include religious groups... Continue Reading

Words of Advice for Young Church Leaders

Last week, a friend asked me what general advice I would give to young church leaders. I’m sure this list is not complete, but here’s a start.

Adore the church. The apostle Paul thanked God for the Corinthians and expressed his deep love for them (1 Cor. 1:4, 16:24) – all the while saying to them, “You’re an absolute mess.”  That mess is still God’s church. Love them….Be accountable to somebody. Seek an older leader to pour into your life – and don’t... Continue Reading

Belhaven University Enrollment Highest in Its History

Belhaven’s fall enrollment shattered all previous records

Dr. Roger Parrott, Belhaven University President, noted, “I have been amazed at our growth on the main campus this year and our continued fast pace of growth in graduate and online students. This pace ranks us as one of the fastest growing Christian universities in the country. I am thrilled so many students value a... Continue Reading