Great Expectations?

Do people view me as a man of integrity? Do people view my children as people of integrity?

My children will make some bad decisions now and then, but hopefully not as bad as some of mine. When they do, I hope that I will be there for them, showing them love and forgiveness, and helping them to learn from the consequences. Hopefully my children will look to me and see me as... Continue Reading

When Bad Things Happen to God’s People

James says that we are to consider it all joy when we face trials. Whatever shape or size they take, we are to meet them with joy and expectation.

Life’s hardships should prompt us to do inventory, starting with a prayer for the Spirit to search our heart and expose what is holding us back (see Psalm 139:23-24). Pastors should be able to lead the sheep in such an inventory, to pull alongside them in time of adversity and help them take advantage of... Continue Reading

The Outward Show: Holiness from the Inside Out

When your outward show matches your inward reality before God and man you look like Jesus Christ.

The problem with the Pharisees was not their external piety. No, the characteristic of these men which was deplorable to Jesus was their lack of interest on an internal purity that matched their outward show. It was their duplicity and hypocrisy that offended Jesus, and not their dutiful holiness.   Man looks on the outward appearance, but God... Continue Reading

Spurgeon Almost Quit

At the age of twenty-two, Charles Spurgeon almost quit the ministry.

Spurgeon’s joy was based not only on his own ability to recover, but on God’s ability to replenish. It was a joy that would balm Spurgeon in future controversies when he felt beleaguered and bewildered. The joy Spurgeon had after 1856 was a radical joy — a joy deeply rooted in the soil of the... Continue Reading

So You Can’t Wait to Retire?

It’s good to have a retirement plan just in case you have to leave the pastorate as an older man. We are not all like Moses.

Ultimately, the whole retirement debate is about the faithfulness of God.  Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all your basic needs will be supplied by him (Mt. 6:33).  We must be wise in our planning, but also we must never lose sight of this promise.   Whenever I broach the topic... Continue Reading

Geneva College President Ken Smith Announces Resignation

The Geneva College Board of Trustees announced on April 13 President Ken Smith’s resignation from Geneva, effective June 30, 2015.

Dr. Bill Edgar, immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees, current chair of the Board of Corporators, and past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will act as interim president beginning July 1, 2015. During his interim presidency the Board will conduct a search for a new president.... Continue Reading

The Troubled Soul and the Instructed Mind

As you find yourselves sorely tried and troubled, put behind you the lies of Satan and ponder the truths of God

God promises that through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you who are troubled can still contentment, peace, and joy. Yes, Moses can sing in the wilderness, David can sing in the cave, and the Apostles can sing in jail. Therefore, you too can simultaneously cry and sing as you walk through the Valley of the Shadow... Continue Reading

Why The Critics Of The Ontario Sex-Ed Curriculum Are Right

This curriculum is nothing other than an experiment on their children by the children of the sexual revolution.

This brings us to the Ontario sexual education curriculum, whose convictions on human sexual health are not liberating but deleterious. Once again, the debate lies between parental and state jurisdiction in creating a just society. But at the heart of the Ontario sex-ed curriculum is buried the perverse claim that children raise themselves. This is explicit... Continue Reading

Meet the Women Apologists

Apologetics has long been a bastion of men — until now

“As she continued talking to her coach and reading works of apologetics—including N. T. Wright’s defense of the Resurrection—Ordway confessed faith in Christ. Now she finds herself in another new country, directing the master in apologetics (MAA) program at Houston Baptist University (HBU), a small liberal arts college in the heart of the nation’s energy... Continue Reading

Rolling Stone and the Culture of Lying

In our society, it’s become acceptable to lie about people and ideas, as long as the crisis created is in line with a perceived social good.

As the people of the Book, we ought to know that words matter. Words create realities. The Word of God holds the universe together (Jn. 1:1-14). The Word of God in the Scriptures forms and shapes the church. The preaching of the Word is what calls us to and conforms us to the image of... Continue Reading