A Vent About Lent
And Lent? My heart would quickly whisper: look at what you've done. You gave it up.
“In the case of Lent & Ashes, it would surely be an idol for me. Oh….look at me. I’ve got some super holy marking on my head. Yes…that’s right. I understand some things about this stuff. Come hear me wax eloquently about it.” My heart is deceptive & wicked. I need a redeemer. I... Continue Reading
Why I Don’t Trust Your Interpretation Of Providence
Beware the man who feels his way through life based on "signs," while ignoring Scripture.
“Great errors have been committed under the mantra of “God led me,” uninformed by Scripture. Yes, God leads by providence- but one’s guesswork at what God may be doing is no substitute for immersion in His Word.” “God showed me,” my friend said. “He showed me His plan, I just had to recognize the signs.”... Continue Reading
Afrocentricity And The Church, Part 4
When we are mindful of not making it a religion, an Afrocentric focus can help us see and appreciate the beautiful diversity among people of African descent.
“Rather than cause the black church to focus on the sanctification and deification of African history as a means of saving the black community, there is a more redeeming, biblical way of understanding Afrocentricity and the church.” In this series, we’ve defined Afrocentricity, the church and briefly examined incompatible parts of Afrocentricity and Christianity.... Continue Reading
Lent: Of Good Intentions, Spiritual Disciplines, and Christian Freedom
The recent controversy over the endorsement of Lent by some leading evangelicals is something that has been developing for several years.
“When those who identify with aspects of Reformed theology however, borrow “spiritual disciplines” that the Reformed churches considered and rejected they are unintentionally creating the pre-conditions for greater problems.” Carter Lindberg tells the story of how the Reformation began to break out in Zürich in 1522: During Lent of 1522, Zwingli was at the... Continue Reading
The Old Gospel vs. the New Gospel
The new gospel doesn’t save as the old gospel because it is not intended to. The new gospel makes it possible for men to save themselves.
It has affected the church because those who came to know Christ under the old gospel, are starving in the pews because of the new gospel. These new gospel preachers are not preaching reverence, sin, repentance… they are preaching better marriages, better families, better politics even. But they are not calling men to fall upon... Continue Reading
If It Looks Like Rome …
Many churches seem to be drawn to practices that have more in common with Rome than with Geneva.
In the end, I’m not sure why so many Catholic practices are finding their way into Reformed Presbyterian churches. It seems to me that these things have the “feel” of worship, and maybe that is the attraction. Maybe there is boredom or discontent with our own traditions. Maybe there is a desire to “do church”... Continue Reading
Has Failure Become A Virtue?
These days, obedience has gotten a bad name. And failure has gotten a make-over.
Ecstatic failurism asserts that all our attempts to obey will fail, thereby making us the recipients of greater grace. But God does not exhort us to obey just to teach us that we cannot hope to obey. He exhorts us to obey to teach us that, by grace, we can obey, and therein lies hope. The hope of... Continue Reading
How a Christian Athlete Might Respond to the Questions that Are Coming (and Will Keep Coming)
How to be shrewd as a serpent, and as innocent as a dove
Okay, you have ten seconds–not a term paper, not a sermon, not a blog post, not five minutes–ten seconds to talk about our country’s most controversial subject with someone who wants you to say something stupid, and you have to state your mind, on the spot, humbly and articulately in a way that honors Christ,... Continue Reading
When Will Life Ever Make Sense?
We accept the fact that bad things happen to good people: Are we being tested? We remind ourselves, sometimes grasping for straws, that Job was tested, too.
“But yet – I know this; we all do – the crud of life is still crud. To my friend dealing with the worst cancer news, what can I say, what can any of us say? Of course we pray for healing. Of course we trust God’s mysterious ways. Of course we try to believe... Continue Reading
Family Worship 101
Family worship is not merely a religious discipline; it is a meeting with the triune God in a spirit of adoration by means of three key ingredients.
“Family worship is an indispensible instrument for instilling both old and young with a consciousness of the Lord, His Word, and our call to worship. In research for a recent book, George Barna demonstrates that parents who pass along to their children the baton of spiritual maturity and vitality have one thing in common: they... Continue Reading