A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a Schoolbook
A letter to Reverend Jeremy Belknap, of Boston.
However great the benefits of reading the scriptures in schools have been, I cannot help remarking, that these benefits might be much greater, did schoolmasters take more pains to explain them to their scholars. Did they demonstrate the divine original of the Bible from the purity, consistency, and benevolence of its doctrines and precepts—did they... Continue Reading
Where Are We Going and Where Have We Been?
Understanding the deep relationship between sexuality and spirituality helps us as we interact not only with ideas but with human beings in our own culture.
The LGBTQ agenda has become the new orthodoxy of woke culture. Anyone who even questions it is declared a heretic and cast from society for blasphemy. In this cultural setting we can expect resistance to and eventually persecution of those who hold to biblical orthodoxy. This agenda is new in recent Western history, so it... Continue Reading
The push to accept homosexuality gutted traditional Protestantism. Evangelical churches are headed down the same road.
Evangelical support of same-sex marriage is on the rise. Among white evangelical Protestants, it rose from 11 percent in 2004 to 29 percent in 2019, according to the Pew survey. It also found that 4 in 10 of those who attend religious services once a week now favor same-sex marriage. Stanley’s public statements that conflict with... Continue Reading
WCF 7: Of God’s Covenant with Man
Scripture’s two testaments reveal a single gracious covenant with two different forms of administration.
The covenant of works was a completely generous arrangement. But our first parents violated that covenant (cf. Heb. 8:9). Having broken it they could not regain life through the principle of works. And God was in no way bound to offer another arrangement for salvation. But he did. The covenant of grace is an entirely different agreement.... Continue Reading
Monuments To Wrongness
Have you ever said something and then changed your mind after further consideration?
If only we could move away from this graceless fear of reprisal, we might have more monuments to our wrongness. If we have more of those monuments, we might have more room for growth. Just as I don’t think it is helpful to whitewash our past by destroying our actual monuments, but feel it better... Continue Reading
Genuine Reformed Catholicity
Is it true catholicity that is being sought or simply an allowance for latitudinarianism?
Genuine Reformed catholicity…appreciates the wider tradition and heritage of Christian churches both past and present. It acknowledges both the areas in which Reformed Christians agree with various historic Christian traditions and areas in which the Reformed are distinct. True Reformed catholicity is committed to robustly expressing the beauty of Reformed worship, piety, and theology as... Continue Reading
Abortion: Roots, Causes, and Defeat
January 22, 2022 is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Next year marks half a century.
When the lusts of the world are conceived they deceive many to carry out sin. Sin when it brings forth fruit leads to death. Millions upon millions of children have died and are still dying because parents and abortion providers have been deceived by lies of the wicked one and are acting out those lies... Continue Reading
The “End” of our Lives: Loving and Caring for Others
What if the ordinary tasks of life together are the front lines of the kingdom of God?
Caring for one another, particularly when few see what we are doing, isn’t God’s back-up or second-best plan for human life; it’s what He designed for us to do from the beginning. This is the end of life. A friend recently overheard a young woman comment, “I feel like once you have kids, your life... 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
Rest During Unrest
We need physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual rest.
How important it is that we learn to rest in Jesus. In a world today rocked by unrest, we need to rest in Jesus. We need to rest in Jesus because the future on earth is uncertain, but eternity with Him is not. We need rest. One of the ways that interrogators break people... Continue Reading