Reasons for Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is first and foremost a day which our culture sets aside to count our blessings and to give God thanks.
As we grow in spiritual strength, we increasingly find our real inner satisfaction not in the things of this world but in God. The irony is that when we do that, we begin to enjoy the things of this life in a new way. When we make idols out of the things of this life,... Continue Reading
Morality and Freedom
When personal responsibility is divorced from virtue, it is deprived of its guiding principles and moral foundation.
Though some may argue strenuously against any connection between virtue and freedom, all of history is against them. When personal responsibility is divorced from virtue, it is deprived of its guiding principles and moral foundation. Without moral foundations, the freedom to choose will present an opportunity for the selfish one to pursue personal ambition in... Continue Reading
Whatever Happened to Repentance?
We’ve come to think our faith is about comfort. It’s not.
Jesus didn’t come just to save us from the penalty for our sins; He came to save us from our sins—now, today, if we will only respond to the challenge and let Him. A nation of grownup Christians, courageous, confident, humble, and holy, would be more compelling than any smiley-face ad campaign. The Lord does... Continue Reading
An Old Testament Challenge for Today: “We Had A Mind To Work”
There are times people of faith must do the work of proclaiming the Gospel and at the same time defend the Gospel.
It appears they began working with one hand while holding a weapon with the other hand. They both worked and were armed. This is an actual and literal description of physical activity. Sound hermeneutics and exegesis require the passage be interpreted and expressed as literal. It is not intended to be spiritualized…At the same time,... Continue Reading
Why Is the Organ Relevant for Major League Baseball and Irrelevant for Local Churches?
The organ as a single instrument is far superior than the modern praise band.
If relevance is based on cultural trends rather than congregational engagement—it’s easy to see how the organ can get pushed out the back door. However, if relevance is based on congregational engagement—the organ will beat out all other instrumental choices hands down. Recently, my children and I watched the Atlanta Braves take on the... Continue Reading
The Sin of Marxism—Part 6
The Cultural Marxist has a doctrine of original or inherited sin, and it is summed up in the single word: Privilege.
Our culture was built by straight wealthy men of European descent, and it therefore worked best for them. That, according to the Cultural Marxist, identifies them the oppressor class. Privilege is their doctrine of sin and, just like any other religion, the Neo-Marxists are happy to offer the penitent hope. The call it getting “woke.”... Continue Reading
A Definite Atonement: John Murray’s Case for a Disputed Doctrine
A biblical-theological approach (not a proof-texting approach) to this doctrine is needed.
The extent of the atonement should be determined by faithful readings of the Bible—thick readings, if you will, as opposed to thin readings of Scripture. Murray does that well, and all those who take up this doctrinal debate should read him and follow his exegetical method. For whom did Christ die? For all nations... Continue Reading
4 Causes of Deconstruction
Deconstruction is poison, not medicine. It supplements the sin that’s killing you, rather than healing it.
Ministering in the age of deconstruction will likely involve attentiveness in conversation, sensitivity to the Spirit, and the risk of investment—knowing the person might end up bailing anyway. Good doctors take time with their patients, and as ministers of the gospel we must too. Deconstruction is a symptom, not the root cause. A proper... Continue Reading
Faith or Presumption?
Do I have genuine faith, or am I wrongly presuming that my faith is genuine?
The sinister and terrifying reality of self-deception, fueled by presumption, is a present danger for all of us in these polarized days. Since faith and presumption have similar qualities and self-deception is notoriously hard to recognize, how can we know if we’re living with genuine faith instead of presumption? In Marilynne Robinson’s beautiful novel, Jack,... Continue Reading
Reforming a False Dichotomy: Worship and the Word
The Word of God should regulate, provide, and inform the elements, shape, and substance of corporate worship.
God’s people must take care in how they worship God, for he has said, “Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified” (Lev 10:3). May we be found faithful. Communicators, especially those within the evangelical community, love to use alliteration. It can be... Continue Reading