14 Sobering Reminders When Confronting Sin
These reminders keep us serious, humble, and prayerful throughout this process.
But we must also remember the encouraging wonder of Christ’s glorious person and saving work. His redemption is deeper, wider, longer, and higher than any sin. His salvation is more powerful than sin and can heal the deepest wound. His love can expel and replace the love of sin. He can straighten out the most... Continue Reading
Religious Liberty: Special Interest or Constitutional Right?
What will be left of the First Amendment in this brave, new, sexually-liberated world?
Which do Americans want more: freedom or equality? At present, activists and policymakers are cobbling together both concerns. However, will the next generation of Americans err on the side of liberty or egalitarianism? I think the answer one would receive from Millennials—even evangelical ones—would be troubling for many traditional American Christians. The recent Supreme... Continue Reading
God Loves Me, Despite My Terrible Incompleteness
I’m not the person I should be, but Jesus was the person I should be!
I tend to think that if I improve in certain areas, God will love me more. If I improve by 10% in the dad category, God will love me 10% more. If I can bump up my evangelism quota by 3%, God will bump up his love for me by 3%. More work on my... Continue Reading
Prioritizing Church Attendance
Why we don't attend church: A 40-hour week job, but no time for God
Instead of serving the god of individuality, we will be serving the God of Scripture. The gospel changes everything. However, we must first let the gospel change our low views of the church, and recognize that the house of the Lord is absolutely vital to the Christian life—to the life of a mature disciple. Should... Continue Reading
7 Signs We May Be Worshipping Our Family
There does seem to be a tendency with the home school/family worship/children in worship emphasis that can turn this good thing upon its head.
If our family is always busy with its own activities, whether soccer, piano, ballet, family vacations, or even family worship to the point that we have little time for others, there is a problem. The enrichment and growth of our children, even in spiritual things, is not to pull us away from people but towards... Continue Reading
The ‘Gay Marriage’ Tsunami
It’s past time we move from asking “What if?” to asking “What now?”
Our model is Jesus, who when asked specifically about the Mosaic law on marriage, went back to the very beginning—to Genesis. Jesus thought that God’s created intent was even more important than the law itself. We’ve got to understand this design—especially with the recent spate of so-called “Christian” books attempting to justify same-sex marriage. ... Continue Reading
Why Christology Matters: A Dialogue With Anselmus Modernus and Boso Brown
With apologies to Anselm, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1093-1109
“Christology—understanding and describing the Savior biblically—is a matter of love as well as faith. That is why the early Christian Fathers wanted to describe Him in a way that was faithful to Scripture. Ignatius of Antioch put it movingly when he wrote: “My Love is crucified.” You see, it was love that drove the best theologians... Continue Reading
Election Keeps No One Out Of Heaven
Election keeps no one out of heaven who would otherwise have been there, but it keeps a whole multitude of sinners out of hell who otherwise would have been there
“Election keeps no one out of heaven, but guarantees that those God has chosen will be there. Election is meant to be a comfort and encouragement to believers. Never are unbelievers encouraged to try do discover if they are elect. The message for unbelievers is you are all are invited. Come one, come all. Everyone... Continue Reading
No Other Name: Do We Need Salvation? (Part 2)
This is the tyranny of the late-modern period: the unyielding god of affirmation
“When I posted the first part of this series on Twitter, a fellow replied to the effect that the doctrine that we need salvation is arrogant and bigoted. It only seems so, if we assume the Modernist stance that there is no God who is, who has revealed himself, who has become incarnate in Jesus... Continue Reading
15 Reasons Why We Should Still Be Using Hymnals
Unfortunately, many churches have done this with their hymnals, but I think they are important symbols for worshiping congregations. Here are some of the reasons why.
“I know congregants that love to find out the next Sunday’s hymns during the previous week, so they can open up their hymnal, refresh the words, and work on their part so they’re prepared to lend their voices. Preparation like that is one of the ways music making becomes a worshipful activity. Hymnals make it... Continue Reading