The Aquila Report Annual Challenge Campaign
Your generous gift at this time will provide the resources to continue serving the Church.
As in past years, The Aquila Report needs your help to continue publishing every day. However, this year the challenge is bigger. The foundation that previously provided a $7,000 grant each year for a matching funds campaign has closed up shop. (They are no longer able to provide matching fund grants.) So this year we... Continue Reading
The Brand New is the New Old
Ordinary life can often feel like it needs freshening up.
Deprivation of material things is real for a lot people we know, though the preacher of Ecclesiastes shows us deprivation of another kind that is rife around us. Some people are so poor that all they have in this life is many things. We ought not to be fooled. The brand new is the new... Continue Reading
Impatience Is a War for Control: How God Prepares Us to Wait
So where does patience come from?
Patience flows from a humble embrace of what we do not know and cannot control. It flows from our deep and abiding trust that God will follow through on his promises, however unlikely that may seem at the moment. And it flows from hearts that are profoundly happy to have him as our exceeding joy.... Continue Reading
From Eating to Dining: How Shared Meals Reveal What It Means to Be Human
Our human natures are drawn to celebratory feasts like a moth to flame.
God created us as embodied beings comprised of both bodies and souls, nourishing our physical hunger through eating naturally nourishes our minds and hearts. As we engage in rich conversation, we draw closer and grow in intimacy with each other. Our souls are in turn nourished by this communion we achieve with others during the... Continue Reading
The Culture Wars Are Real Conflicts Involving Real People
We must fight them or pay the price.
Trans activists have achieved cultural hegemony and are going after everyone who disagrees — even with doxing, death threats, rape threats, and violence. They are coming after public education, what’s left of the entertainment industry, and will inevitably demand that churches, religious institutions, and all remaining dissenters submit to their demands and play along with... Continue Reading
There Is a Name: Our Exclusive and Precious Christ
Why should Jesus give his name to rescue crucifiers?
In Jesus, we hear the only name that saves. We can, if we want, nurture offense or embarrassment about God’s giving only one name. Or we can thank God for that name, treasure that name, and join God himself in spreading that name wherever it is not sung. If we do, we join a mission that... Continue Reading
What happened to "weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice" (Rom. 12:15)?
Love involves recognizing the state of others, being sensitive to their lot, and drawing near to walk with them. With those who weep, we weep. With those who rejoice, we rejoice. Like celebrating the promotion of a coworker to a position we desired, we feel the hurt but we revel in the blessing of others. And... Continue Reading
The Seven Crowns of Christ’s Sacrifice
Christ’s death was utterly unique because it was an entirely voluntary act of love.
The greatest act of love ever displayed in all of human history is found in Jesus Christ. If you are looking for the proof of God’s love for sinners, even for you, then look to Christ. As those who have received Christ’s love, may we crown him with many crowns and devote our lives to living... Continue Reading
Rest Upon the Pillow of God’s Promises
When the storm is flooding in and threatening to capsize you, rest your weary head upon the pillow of God’s promises.
When our hearts and minds are restless and raging, we need help. It’s challenging to reason with ourselves when the boat of our mind is taking in the water of our emotions. Like the storm in the Sea of Galilee, we can only see the storm in front of us. The omnipotent Savior resting is... Continue Reading
How Should We Then Worship?
The “how?” of worship is a hotly disputed matter in our day.
Let us return to Augustine who agreed that we can use a variety of music in our worship, but all that is done should be done with a certain gravitas, a certain solemnity, always containing the attributes of reverence and awe before the living God. The “what?” of worship, the “where?” of worship, the “when?”... Continue Reading
Into the Metaverse
Facebook recently announced it is changing its name to Meta—short for “metaverse.”
The metaverse offers a digital liturgy that will entice us to leave behind the inconveniences and limitations of bodily humanity. The yearning for hearth and home—central to not just art and literature but to the Christian life—will be reduced to a buffered connection. Inside the metaverse, we will become less human. It’s fitting that... Continue Reading
Your Pastor Is Probably Discouraged
The work of ministry takes its toll and those who pastor and care about pastors should keep their eyes and hearts open, and their prayers regular.
I’ve heard of many churches brainstorming ways to encourage and bless their pastors. Praise God for these faithful congregations! They may identify things such as giving him a sabbatical, increasing his salary, or sending him to a conference. These are all good things that he’d no doubt appreciate. But, there’s one gift that he will... Continue Reading
“The Light of Nature” in the Westminster Standards
The Standards’ teaching on the light of nature is also of use to confirm Christians in the faith by reminding us of the unity of Truth.
The Westminster Standards affirm notions of natural theology and natural law through its use of the term “light of nature,” which refers to natural reason. Given the highly negative portrayal that some give of these concepts we might have expected the divines to have referred to natural reason as the “jet-black darkness of nature.” But... Continue Reading
Canadian School Cancels Event with ISIS Survivor Nadia Murad
Her harrowing description of torture and rape "would be offensive to Muslims and foster Islamophobia."
She uses the book to talk about how she was raped and tortured before finding her way to a refugee camp in Durhok, in northern Iraq, and then to Germany where she now lives. But before the event could happen the superintendent of the Board Helen Fisher said that her students would not participate. She has... Continue Reading
Jesus Isn’t Going to Calm the Storms in Your Life
God might take you through numerous trials and tribulations and allow you to suffer in the process. This is why it is important for Christians to develop a biblical theology of suffering.
The primary focus of the Gospels is Jesus, not you. Reading the Gospels with a me-centered, narcissistic approach will result in the “Jesus is going to calm my storms” type of application. This can have the detrimental effect of “knowing more about ourselves and less about Jesus” (Russell, 205). When interpreting Scripture, first determine the... Continue Reading
Did the RPCES have Deaconesses? Yes and No.
Five important historical facts about the women deacons issue as it developed in the RPCES.
The RPCES recognized that there were women who served the needs of the church throughout history and in the present day, and one of those people in the early church was Phoebe in Romans 16. She was referred to as a “deaconess” or “servant,” and so the RPCES in its General Synod statements concluded that... Continue Reading
The Sad, Sad Story You Need To Tell God
F.B. Meyer once wanted to offer counsel to those who had searched their hearts and understood that it was sin that had caused this rift.
Call up each rebel sin, by its right name, to receive sentence of death. Your heart is choked with sins; empty it out, as you would empty a box, by handing out first the articles that lie on the surface. When you have removed them, you will see more underneath; hand them out also. When... Continue Reading
The Destroyer of All Darkness
In Christ, the triune God becomes "the Destroyer of all darkness."
Jesus came into this dark and fallen world as the new creation and to bring about a re-creation of all those for whom He died. He is “the Destroyer of the darkness.” In His death on the cross, Jesus comes under the power of darkness as the substitute of those who once lived in darkness.... Continue Reading
My Non-Woke “Solidarity Statement”
I will encourage you to locate your true identity first and foremost as a child of God, made in his image and called to eternal life with him.
I accept the fact that one can love people of the same sex or love multiple people at the same time, but I will not give you approval for sexual behavior with these people any more than I will give approval for people who love someone married to someone else or even those who love... Continue Reading
Thoughts on the Present State of the Presbyterian Church in America: A Series of Theses Presented by a Concerned Member—Part Four
This article is part of a series of propositions covering current topics in the Presbyterian Church in America that elders and members are following with great interest. This is Part Four.
That they who desire our denomination to be diverse in its practices – that is, to be a so-called ‘big tent’ and nationwide church – ought to take heed, for this exulting in practical diversity lends itself quite easily to a spirit which regards a broad church as being more important than a doctrinally sound... Continue Reading
The Persecution of Christians in China
We must remember the persecuted church in China.
In 2020, under the regime of Chairman Xi Jinping, the policy to sinicize the Christian population has included: the removal of over 900 crosses from churches; the confiscation of Bibles across China as the police raided and closed down many house churches, including state-run churches; churches were also bulldozed and destroyed; and for the first... Continue Reading
Thou Shalt Not (Believe) Lie(s): Faithfulness in an Age of Fake News
The people of the truth must learn not just how to tell the truth (Exod. 20:16), but how to spot a lie.
In an age where fake news is rampant and governing authorities use scientific rhetoric to enforce their political agenda, we must remember that one of the greatest lies in our age is salvation via science. Christians have an obligation before the Lord to recognize false prophets and false promises. Lest our hopes be divided between... Continue Reading
The Green Captivity of the Church
The Green movement is in danger of being a Trojan horse to bring in anti-Christian teachings in to the Christian church.
Most heresies are not outright negations of the truth – they tend to be subtle distortions of it. The Bible does teach us that we are to be stewards of the planet and that we are to care for it. It does tell us that we are to care for the poor and that we are to... Continue Reading
Vaclav Havel and the Semiotics of Public Masking
When, in his speech to the US Congress 31 years ago, Vaclav Havel said that “consciousness precedes being, and not the other way around,” he spoke not only as a politician, but as a man of culture.
Havel, the great scholar of theater and social semiology, would have no problem correctly identifying our current mask theater as the destructive and repressive farce that it is, and those that refuse to play along as the bearers of light, and the custodians of the creative energies we will need to reconstruct and sustain freedom... Continue Reading
Has Christianity Contributed Anything Significant?
Christianity teaches a high value for truth and teaches that the truth about the existence of God can be discovered through observation of the natural world.
Contributions to science and medicine are just a portion of the overall influence Christianity has had on the world. Christian influence has been so positive and pervasive in the west that many likely take it for granted. However, a careful consideration of history reveals that much of what has made the western world so advanced and... Continue Reading
What is the secret to pressing through the challenges and trials of life without fretting or being overwhelmed by constant anxiety?
If we are in the habit of thanking God for everything that He gives us, we will continue to thank Him! When we rest on God’s word, care about the needs of others, and continually thank God for His provisions, we can remain calm in the midst of the greatest trials. How can I... Continue Reading
Thoughts on the Present State of the Presbyterian Church in America: A Series of Theses Presented by a Concerned Member—Part Three
This article is part of a series of propositions covering current topics in the Presbyterian Church in America that elders and members are following with great interest. This is Part Three
That the whole testimony of Scripture stands against those who would make homosexual lust an acceptable trait of ministers. For Scripture is uniform in denouncing everything to do with homosexual desire or deeds as sinful, and it is unthinkable that anyone whose thought was formed solely by Scripture would ever conclude that something like Revoice... Continue Reading
Defining “Evangelicalism” Down
Towards a New Theological Consensus
The confusion over the word “evangelicalism” and the ensuing plasticity of the label is truly tragic and leads to unhelpful categorization, theological malpractice, and no small amount of internal strife within evangelical Christianity. With increasing frequency throughout many sectors of American culture, use of “evangelical” in social discourse is now an epithet. It is... Continue Reading
How To Handle Hesitation and Doubt
Traditional strategies for responding to doubt appear to be ineffective as more and more Christians are leaving the faith.
The Christian faithful need a community of believers who are confident in their faith, who understand not only what they believe but why they believe it, who are encouraging and supportive when people ask questions (even difficult questions), and who love their members even when their members question the truth of their faith. In... Continue Reading
The Joy-Robbing False Hope of Side B Gay Christianity
The idea that professing believers would cling to a gay identity (or any identity rooted in sin) while being conformed into the image of Christ is a contradiction.
It is hopeless and joy-robbing to tell someone this is who you are, just don’t do this. To a “gay person” telling them NOT to live out who they are at the core of what they believe their existence is, is to tell them not to be human. It’s irrational. It’s hopeless. It’s incoherent to... Continue Reading