Remaining Faithful When Others Embrace LGBTQ+ Theology
How do we walk through this minefield, pursue humility in our own hearts, and yet remain firm in God’s Word?
You are vulnerable to outside voices tempting you to give in, but the best remedy for standing firm for the long haul is to remain in God’s Word, continually steeping yourself in his perspective and truth. When I speak about how the Bible should inform our sexuality, someone invariably comes up to me and says,... Continue Reading
Five Reasons Why I’m Voting for Overture 37
The change would call for presbyteries to examine the personal character of candidates for office, giving specific attention to notorious concerns.
Overture 37 provides a helpfully pointed guide for character examinations that meets the evident needs of our situation. Church courts will be greatly aided in fulfilling their biblical duty by focusing on sexual immorality, relational sins, abuse, racism, and gross financial mismanagement. It also will communicate to our leaders what character is regarded as necessary... Continue Reading
Once Dominant Liberal Denomination Sells Headquarters in Dramatic Downsizing
The United Church of Christ has been experiencing an uninterrupted purging of members for decades now as a direct result of their increasingly liberal theology and practice.
The liberalizing of Christianity is not a recipe for growth. And the selling off one of those liberal denomination’s headquarters is just the latest chapter in that lesson. We often hear sad stories about how the Christian Church is shrinking in America. But what many news outlets fail to mention is the types of churches... Continue Reading
Why the PCA Needs a Statute of Limitation – Reasons to Vote Against Amending BCO 32-20
Reasons for PCA Presbyteries to vote NO on amending BCO 32-20, the statute of limitations provision.
I am convinced that removing the present wording of the statute of limitations in BCO 32-20 will lead to other serious problems and unintended consequences. The proposed amendment will potentially open up members to harassment by the courts; it will allow the shepherding from elders to become lax; it will allow courts to settle for... Continue Reading
Asbury Sermon on ‘Therapeutic Self’ Prompts LGBTQ Twitter Rage
Asbury Theological Seminary President Dr. Timothy Tennent is facing a social media backlash for preaching a an orthodox sermon at Asbury’s convocation for the 2021-22
The result of these shifts has been the elevation of sexual satisfaction to the apex of our culture and making sexual identity our deepest source of self-knowledge. He concluded with an account of how Christianity enables a proper sense of identity; one rooted in the transcendent law of God instead of authentic individual expression. ... Continue Reading
California, LA County to Pay $800k In Settlement With John Macarthur’s Church Over Covid Lockdown Orders
The state of California and Los Angeles have agreed to pay $800,000 in legal fees to settle their lawsuit with John MacArthur’s church over COVID-19 lockdown rules.
“California has no such power to determine whether churches are ‘essential,’ as the federal and state constitutions have already done so,” argued the lawsuit, in part. “Grace Community Church provides a spiritual service to the Los Angeles community that its congregation and its members rightly believe is essential, and the California State Constitution specifically protects... Continue Reading
An Appeal On Race In The Presbyterian Church In America – Part 5
The appeal of this series is that the PCA re-focus on the gospel ministry of the church and make that its declaration rather than repeatedly making statements on race and its related issues.
Other have spoken of the dangers of “mission creep” in the church. In other words, the church loses sight of its main gospel objective and thereby becomes ineffective. Is the focus on race “mission creep”? In the case of the PCA it certainly is. This sin has been clarified and condemned, and it is not... Continue Reading
What Will Happen to the All-White Church in America? Ten Trends in the Next Ten Years
The youngest generation is now minority white, meaning white children under 18 make up less than 50% of their respective age group. Around 2040 the entire nation will become minority white.
Will a massive wave of multi-ethnic churches form in the next decade? It’s possible, but there are headwinds. Many cities are diverse, but the individual neighborhoods within them are still segregated. As mentioned previously, demographic trends change slowly. By the time Gen Z starts having grandchildren, however, I believe the all-white church will be more... Continue Reading
Taliban Going Door-To-Door Seeking Christians, Searching Through Phones For Bible Apps: Report
"Only God understands how much pain we have and how broken our hearts are."
“Because it’s so dangerous to seek the company of other Christians, many Afghan believers are totally alone, with not even one other Christian with whom to talk,” Rogers said. “Our local director told me: ‘Most dare not attend a house church. They’re alone, fearful, and looking to us. We’re their last resort.” Afghan Christians... Continue Reading
A New Organization: Alliance of Reformed Churches (ARC)
The Alliance of Reformed Churches is forming primarily from churches presently in the Reformed Church in America (RCA).
We are 3 months into this 18 month launch period (May 2021-December 2022) and some leaders have been asking for a brief blog that shares the scale of the Alliance of Reformed Churches activity in the first three months after staffing for growth. Here is a quick overview: All eight regional synods of the RCA... Continue Reading