Witnessing at a Pride Parade
The call went out: repent of your sin and believe in the Son of God.
As Jesus prepared to ascend into heaven, he gave his church her marching orders, her commission, her duty until he returns (Matt. 28:18–20). That commission begins with one simple word, “Go”! If the church remains inside her walls, she can maintain a measure of comfort and safety, but it comes at a massive cost in... Continue Reading
How Consumerism Trains Us to Devalue the Past
In today’s topsy-turvy world, youth has status.
The impact of consumerism is one reason why church sessions and elder boards often spend more time than is decent on discussions about worship and programs. Someone will make the point that certain young people have left because the worship is not to their liking and thus the church needs to rethink how it does... Continue Reading
Preach for America
Rethinking the pastoral recruitment process in an era of talent shortages.
Why can’t churches be working to identify people whom they believe would be highly effective pastors – using whatever criteria they think is most Biblical and appropriate – and encouraging those people to go into ministry? There’s a lot of opportunity in local churches to do a stealth vetting of these folks before tapping them... Continue Reading
The Teaching Elder and Church Leadership
Modeling the word of life to struggling saints.
Leadership isn’t about power as much as it is a unique opportunity to glorify the Lord by displaying His great power in our tremendous weakness. Rather than finding our identity in some sense of authority or accomplishment, we may return to meditate on the Savior’s merciful work in us and the great privilege we have... Continue Reading
A Response To “When the ‘Harvard of Christian Schools’ Goes Woke”
Dr. Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College, responds to an op-ed referring to the college.
Contrary to what appears on the web piece, Wheaton College remains fully committed to Christian service—which we embrace as “service” in our very mission statement—to biblical orthodoxy and Christ-centered education, including in matters of human sexuality, gender identity, and race relations. For accurate information about our convictions, please visit our webpage on Institutional Commitments. ... Continue Reading
Can Christians Attend Gay Weddings?
Attending a gay wedding involves approving of a ceremony that makes a mockery of a central New Testament teaching and of Christ himself.
There are also obvious reasons why a Christian should never attend a gay wedding. If marriage is rooted in the complementarity of the sexes, then any marriage that denies that challenges the Christian understanding of creation. It is one thing for the world to do that. It is quite another for Christians to acquiesce in the... Continue Reading
A Political Primer on Reformed Confessions
Surveying the historic role of the Protestant magistrate.
Scots Confession, 1560, article 24. Its production was overseen by John Knox by order of the Scottish Parliament. It was ratified in 1560 but did not gain approval until after the overthrowal of Bloody Mary in 1567. Consider here the very conventional appeal to the great reformist kings of the ancient Israel, a common model... Continue Reading
American Protestantism has become the foolish woman, tearing down its house with its own hands. Let us pray that God mercifully will call it back from the brink of ecclesiastical suicide.
It appears that there no longer remains any behaviour which mainline Protestants are willing to call sexually perverse. It seems that the category of sin in sexual relations has disappeared altogether. The great old American Protestant establishment, the once wise mother church of most American Protestants, is pursuing a course of self-destruction. In Savannah respected churches... Continue Reading
PCA Petitions Biden Protesting Trans Surgeries for Minors: ‘Attempting the Impossible’
The PCA commission said children are uniquely vulnerable, exacerbated by social media and the alienation caused by the government's COVID-19 policies.
The commission grounded its petition in the teaching that God has special care for children, noting when Jesus Christ warned strongly against scandalizing children when he urged his disciples in Mark 10:14: “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” Petitioning the government is an... Continue Reading
The Teaching Elder and Pastoral Ministry
An act of love for God, his word, & his people.
Pastoral care means caring for people in difficult circumstances. It’s critical that the minister carry himself with humility. Without humility, we may speak the truth – but if we speak without love, we risk reducing our ministry to nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). When we speak hard truths, we must speak with firmness and a spirit of... Continue Reading