Why Don’t You Talk About the Sermon?
What shall we do? Let’s start talking!
Iron sharpens iron. Before the word is snatched away, think through what you have heard and speak about it. What challenged you? What did you learn? Be brave. Encourage honesty by opening up what you found difficult to hear or to understand. Admit your struggles. Remember that the message was preached to the church family so... Continue Reading
True Shepherds Protect Their Flocks
The hearts of the simple must be protected by courageous and faithful men willing to confront and expose dangerous errors.
If a pastor suspects that a fellow elder is abusing his office in any way, he must stand between that false shepherd and the precious sheep. Too often elderships have been accused of circling the wagons and protecting their own at the expense of Christ’s blood-bought sheep. It is not the job of shepherds to... Continue Reading
The Incomparable Comfort of the Christian Faith
The Scriptures speak to the heart such words of comfort as only God could speak.
The Bible is the opening of the heart of God. It is God’s heart unveiled, each beat inviting the mourner, the poor in spirit, the widow, the fatherless, the bereaved, the persecuted, the sufferer, yes, every child of affliction and grief to the refuge and sympathy, the protection and soothing of His heart. As... Continue Reading
The First Time We are Told to Love the Lord
A Key Command from Moses to the Israelites
Deuteronomy 6:5 is about loyalty, covenant faithfulness, allegiance. What kind of people should the Israelites be? They should be loyal to God who had redeemed them from Egypt and who (in the context of Deuteronomy) had carried them to the border of the promised land. Their love for God would take the shape of obedience—internalizing... Continue Reading
Devotion in an Age of Distraction
How Beauty Breaks the Spell
Not everyone sees God’s beauty. Some are “haters of God” that have “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images” (Romans 1:23, 30). That’s why Samuel Parkison says there is an aesthetic component to salvation: when the Spirit regenerates us, he enables us “to behold the beauty of the Trinity mediated in Christ.” This new... Continue Reading
For Those Under the Temptation of Ending Their Lives
An Epidemic Of Emptiness
If you are someone who claims the name of Christ, and who is mulling over the idea of ending your own life, know these truths: you are being tempted by Satanic lies and what you are contemplating is a grievous evil. Jesus knows and feels your pain. His body, the Body of Christ, is here to lift... Continue Reading
The Ten Words | Exodus 20:1-21
What is the purpose of the law for us today as Christians?
Under the covenant that Jesus inaugurated by the sacrifice of Himself, our Lord has removed the curse and burden of the law from us. We rest in His obedience rather than our own. Furthermore, He has given to us the Spirit of life that produces His fruit within us, fruit of love, joy, peace, patience,... Continue Reading
Machen Saw What was Coming
He warned of fascism and ethnonationalism and we should too!
In the machinery of modern industry and government, and in worldly, pragmatic ideologies, Machen saw a real threat to liberty, society, and the church. The only solution for him was the knowledge of a God who cared enough to send his Son, beneath whose cross and in whose church is the only refuge from the... Continue Reading
How “He Gets Us” Fails to Get Jesus
The presentation of Jesus is driven by the winds of culture rather than the pages of Scripture.
The ”He Gets Us” campaign never presents the need for sinners to repent. Their campaign promotes works and service but it doesn’t present the good news of Jesus. The social gospel never saves, it only sooths people as they journey onward toward the gates of hell. The “He Gets Us” presents a Jesus who affirms rather than confronts. There... Continue Reading
The Sufficiency of Scripture in Doing Christian Theology by the Book
Scriptures are sufficient for the specific task for which God gave them.
The Scriptures reveal who God is, who humans are in relation to God, and how we should portray this relationship in worship of our Creator. The Scriptures are sufficient to ground our trust in God and to know what God requires of us. However, when we say that Scripture is sufficient, we do not mean... Continue Reading