When the Walk Becomes a Crawl
One of the Most Hopeful Reminders I’ve Read about Sanctification
We like steady and predictable. It seems to vindicate our efforts at making the Christian life work in a businesslike manner. But, in fact, there’s no formula, no secret, no technique, no program, no schedule, and no truth that guarantees the speed, distance, or time frame. On the day you die, you’ll still be somewhere... Continue Reading
The End Result for “Religious but Foolish” Men and Women
A day of reckoning will come, although foolish people can cause much damage in their wake.
You shouldn’t be deceived when you become discouraged by how vicious, religious, yet foolish men or women can be. They will always come to a tragic end, for God will not be mocked. A lack of integrity will always be found out. I have watched my own life and the lives of those around... Continue Reading
Benjamin Rush, Temperance Movement, and Today
The world wants to squeeze God’s people into its mold and intemperance is one of the tools it uses.
Alcohol is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States behind number two, tobacco, and number one, poor diet combined with physical inactivity. How should Christians respond to this situation? Temperance has been and will continue to be a topic of debate, but the ministry of the church is to teach people to be... Continue Reading
What Happened to the Young, Restless, and Reformed?
Every movement has to mature, learn, develop change or die.
The next decade is going to be a challenging time, as we face continued cultural pressure, and as the cadre of Gen-X leaders approach retirement and will need replacing. We need to learn the lessons of mistakes made in the past, but also to continue to sustain and develop our strengths. I enjoyed listening... Continue Reading
Covenant Baptism: A Primer for Baptists
Believer’s baptism is a valid and biblical position but covenant baptism better aligns with what the whole of Scripture teaches.
While the debate about whether to baptize infants or not has raged for five centuries, we can and should seek unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. Baptism actually unites us by identifying us as part of the visible people of God, so let the world see our unity rather than division as we approach... Continue Reading
Don’t Pervert the Truth by Misusing It
In our love for the truth, let us not mischaracterize, minimize, or overemphasize its role.
In an increasingly relativistic culture, it is imperative that we remain committed to God’s truth. It is an indispensable asset and a precious commodity—one that transforms our minds, increases our wisdom, affects our speech, guides our steps, anchors our emotions, equips our ministry, and informs our worship. Speaking the Truth in Love Among the... Continue Reading
Suffering, Hope and the Extent of the Gospel
Lessons I Have Learned from My Long Struggle with Post-Lyme Chronic Pain
As Proverbs says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” We all need a good word. We all need the hope of Christ. It is suffering that binds us together in that need. When I think about what has made my faith stronger, my first thought... Continue Reading
There Is No “Good News” in “He Gets Us”
It is "another gospel," which is always no gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).
The notion that Jesus did not judge people for their sins is historically absurd. What he did do that the Pharisees didn’t was to communicate that God has a generous offer of forgiveness and empowerment for those who repent and believe. There is no “good news” in the “He Gets Us” Superbowl commercial. Indeed,... Continue Reading
What Happened When My Church Encountered Negative World
Enemy love is the wise response in every negative world because, in the final analysis, the way we respond to the negative world will either proclaim the love and mercy of Jesus or it will not.
We do live in a negative world and we are not alone. The primary cause of this significant negative is not primarily our faith—after all, we stand aside those who deny Christ—but the ideological takeover of higher education, and coastal and urban businesses, publications, and institutions by the latest and most fashionable ideas about sex, sexuality,... Continue Reading
Thy Compassions They Fail Not
In Christ, we get to see the fullest expression of the compassion of God.
Like the Prodigal’s father, our Father felt great compassion on us, and with our True older Brother, welcomed us back into the home at His own expense (Luke 15:20). And that expense would cost our compassionate Father the ultimate expense, the life of His one and only Son in crucifixion (Romans 5:6-8) in order to... Continue Reading
This ‘He Saves Us’ Ad Redeems Everything Wrong with the ‘He Gets Us’ Super Bowl Spot
Jesus preached a gospel of radical repentance, not tolerance or acceptance of sin.
Bambrick is an associate pastor of Hope Church Craigavon in Northern Ireland. His ad draws a strong contrast to the “He Gets Us” Super Bowl ad campaign. It featured art of various people washing other people’s feet, a reference to what Jesus did for his disciples in John 13. I criticized the “He Gets Us”... Continue Reading
The Commission of Christian Leaders
Christian leadership means ministering by the power of the Spirit, by the mind of Christ, and with the wisdom of God.
To be a Christian means that we follow Christ, and to be a Christian leader means that we lead in the name of Christ. We are not free as Christian leaders to teach our own gospel. We are not free to throw away the teachings of Jesus and replace them with our wisdom. The world... Continue Reading
Your Faith Is Demonstrated in How You Respond to Problems
How can I serve Jesus now in this imperfect situation? This is the key question to ask.
It is not for us to know why we face what we face. The ‘why’ question often leads nowhere. Yes, there were times in 1 and 2 Kings when a famine or event happened directly due to God’s judgement. Most of the time we won’t know why our lives are how they are. Perhaps we have... Continue Reading
Difficult Bible Passages: Matthew 5:42
Give to one and all, no questions asked?
Loving your neighbour means doing what is best for them. That requires some understanding and discernment. And note that the text says nothing about money. It simply says if you are asked to give something. There are all sorts of ways we should NOT do this. The principle here of freely giving is a good one.... Continue Reading
Why Conservatives Lose (and What We Must Do about It)
It is easier to destroy than to build.
In the cultural battles of our day, conservatives always seem to lose. Some say progressives win because of their superior funding, organizational prowess, and cultural dominance. Others say conservatives lose because we are disorganized, factious, and lack an activist spirit. Perhaps they’re right on both counts. But that’s not why we lose. We lose because we... Continue Reading
What’s at Stake in Sexual Difference? A Review of Trouble with Gender: Sex Facts, Gender Fictions by Alex Byrne
Until everyone, including Byrne, sees that the point of gender ideology is to change our understanding of human being, our arguments and clarifications will ultimately be impotent.
Because women are the only members of the human species that bear children—that is to say, because women bear in themselves the future of humanity—if there is an attempt to change, foundationally and fundamentally, what it means to be human, the attempt will manifest first and most visibly in women. Byrne writes that “what is... Continue Reading
A Conscience Captive to the Word of God
Sola scriptura and theological method.
Sola Scriptura is not only the formal principle of the Reformation; it is the formal principle of all Christian theology. The task of Christian theology is to articulate with clarity the judgments of divine revelation. The Christian theologian is, first and foremost, a recipient of the revealed word. The Scriptures do not contain undeveloped raw... Continue Reading
Ten Reasons Why a Christian Should Not Attend a Gay or Transgender Wedding
As Christians we must avoid all appearances of evil and not be unequally yoked.
In a wedding the couple are publicly declaring to family and friends both their resolve, commitment and intention to a life-long sexual union. And they are asking everyone present to support them in fulfilling such goals. This means that in an LGBTIQ wedding they are announcing their commitment not to repent, but to continually rebel against... Continue Reading
Render unto Caesar Challenges Us All, Left and Right Alike
The church’s mission has always been the work of making disciples - it is called to seek only the ability to live in freedom to do so and, similarly, quietly, and peacefully.
We can draw the inference that a Christian in politics – just as we would say to a Christian butcher, baker or candlestick maker – is called to honour God in the position he has given them and seek to live faithfully as believers as they go about their work. But this is not the... Continue Reading
Four Beasts and the Ancient of Days
All the powerful beasts who rise against his Kingdom will be subdued by the Ancient of Days.
No matter what uncontrollable forces may push you around in this life, Jesus is on His throne, and those who place their faith in Him are His children. He will save us; every principality and power contrary to Him will be judged and ultimately destroyed. Take heart, children of God. Daniel chapter seven opens... Continue Reading
What David Rice’s Final Advice to His Children Can Teach Us
There is a running theme in all of Rice’s advice to his children, and that is, faithfulness to the Word of God.
Rice desired his children to reach a spiritual height that surpassed him. He did not want them to be content with low spirituality which he said was common among Christians in his day. Instead of a list of rules for them to check off, he provided a paradigm to measure every action taken. The principle... Continue Reading
He Gets Us Takes a Big “L” in the Superbowl
A billionaire funded ad campaign that trashes traditional conservative evangelicals.
I’ve noticed that it’s becoming harder for some of these folks to engage in the public square without managing to work in some kind of bashing of those ultra-conservative evangelicals over there that they don’t like. We see that here. Last year I noted that some of the people behind the He Gets Us campaign explicitly... Continue Reading
Correcting Moral Vertigo
We must trust God’s word to set us straight the way a pilot has to trust his instruments.
What is to be done about moral vertigo? The book of Jeremiah records the words of the Lord to a wayward Israel suffering from a kind of moral vertigo: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your... Continue Reading
Why the Mission of the Church Is Spiritual and Not Political
Bible-believing folk should be able to have political differences while maintaining the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
The “spirituality of the church” (SOTC) relates to the reality that the church is supremely a spiritual institution (not a biological one, as is the family, or a civil one, as is the state) and that its power is moral and suasive (not legal and coercive, as is state power), ministerial and declarative (not magisterial... Continue Reading
What Role Does Heaven Play on Your Mind?
The longer you walk with Christ in the Spirit, the more and more you desire to go to heaven.
Paul lived every day with the anticipation of going to heaven again. However, until that great day, he was going to live a life that is well pleasing to God. In other words, he lived every day with the goal or aim to be a God-honoring, Christ-exalting person. Regardless of what happened to him in... Continue Reading
Playing Chicken with the Lord’s Day
Text, tradition, and the light of nature tell us that New York is wrong to force Chick-fil-A to open on Sundays.
In December, New York lawmakers introduced a bill that would require all restaurants operating at rest stops on the Thruway, the state highway system, to be open seven days a week. Chick-fil-A, famous for its Christian ownership and closure on Sunday, has restaurants at nine, and soon to be 10, of the 27 rest stop locations in... Continue Reading
Is God Hiding from Me?
When Christians Sense His Absence
Christ’s promise to those who cry out to him is that “the one who seeks finds” (Matthew 7:8). So, when we are plagued by the perceived absence of God, rather than sink into despair, we cry out to God, we wait on him in prayer, we raise our eyes to him in worship, we run... Continue Reading
She will be Saved through Childbearing
Keep looking to Christ and walking in obedience.
Paul is saying to women: there is salvation in Christ for you. Trust Christ and continue in that faith. Persevere in godly living, and bear the fruit of holiness and love. In Christ you have been saved, you are being saved, and you will be saved. Don’t rebel against God’s design for you. Embrace life... Continue Reading
The Character of Cain
Abel approached God in the humility of faith and Cain in the pride of self-righteousness.
When considering Cain and Abel, the narrative teaches us that while the Lord does not despise the humble who come to Him in faith, He is against the proud such that “the haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled” (Isa. 2:11). Genesis 4 calls us to consider our... Continue Reading
Who Is Jesus? The Resurrection and the Life
The narrative of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead takes place in five scenes, helping us understand the Savior as the resurrection and the life.
Everyone is confronted with who Jesus is as the resurrection and the life. People either believe that He is the Son of God who came into the world to bring salvation to sinners through faith in His name, or they reject that He is the resurrection and the life and remain a slave to the... Continue Reading