Don’t Be True to Yourself
The salvation we all know we need is not to be found by looking within ourselves but by looking for grace outside ourselves.
The world tells us that our identity is found in what we desire. So to deny the fulfillment of what you desire is to deny your truest identity. We are all awash in what Carl Trueman calls “expressive individualism.”3 The idea is that you are what you feel, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m... Continue Reading
Twisted Sisters: Marxism and Fascism
Marxism and fascism – twins separated at birth.
Australian law professor Augusto Zimmermann, in his chapter in Wokeshevism that he and Joshua Forrester edited (Connor Court, 2023), discusses the Marxist roots of Nazi-Fascism. “There are, therefore, important commonalities between Nazism and Marxism. It is patently wrong to assume the Marxism is the polar opposite of Communism, or that the Nazis were “reactionary capitalist counter-revolutionaries”. As... Continue Reading
There is a Place for Healthy Scepticism
There are plenty of things we should not believe, and that we should question, doubt and even call out. Having a healthy scepticism is always an important element of the Christian life.
In 1955, A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), classic work The Root of the Righteous was published. The 46 brief chapters therein are all well worth reading and meditating upon. But I want to refer you to chapter 34, “In Praise of Disbelief”. Yes, you read that right. Let me quote much of this great piece here. He... Continue Reading
Book Review: The Clarity of God’s Existence and Providence
What Charnock does that is so impressive is that he does not simply argue for an uncaused cause, designer, or moral governor, but he argues for God the Creator. He gives us a full definition of God and then uses individual arguments to prove each attribute. Charnock shows us that God is a Spirit. He... Continue Reading
Is Narcissism the Problem Behind Pastors’ Moral Failures?
Lacking empathy, narcissists can exploit and discourage others.
Pastors, in particular, need courage and fearlessness to endure disapproval, opposition, foot-dragging, sabotage, and whisper campaigns. If confidence is an aspect of “healthy narcissism,” preachers need it, lest they falter due to criticism. Why has the church witnessed the moral failure of so many leaders in recent years? While there are many reasons for... Continue Reading
Regeneration and the Holy Spirit
A Chapter from All of Grace by Charles Spurgeon
The Lord does, in fact, produce the new birth in all who believe in Jesus; and their believing is the surest evidence that they are born again. We trust in Jesus for what we cannot do ourselves: if it were in our own power, what need of looking to Him? It is ours to believe, it... Continue Reading
So Calling God “Mother” Is No Big Deal After All?
A critical review of Amy Peeler’s controversial book, "Women and the Gender of God," receives critical reviews.
The main complaint seems to be that it is wrong to publish a critical review of a book written by a colleague in ministry. While that is no doubt an important question, it is a bit of a distraction from the substance of the review. Peeler’s book contains significant Trinitarian and Christological problems that are... Continue Reading
Five Books to Help You Give Your Children God’s Word
Dear parent, God has given you his word, and wherever God's word is, there Jesus is!
Dear parent, God has given you his word so that you might be instructed and have hope through the endurance and encouragement of the word (Romans 15:4). And this is the instruction and hope that your dear children need: the instruction and hope of God’s word. Parents of young children feel the pressure of... Continue Reading
Leslie Land and His Forgotten Influence on the Evangelical Church – an Interview with Author Ian Shaw
The book, Leslie Land: His Life and Ministry, will be published through Joshua Press.
Leslie Land clearly had a growing conviction that God was calling him to the ministry, and the letters through the late thirties and the forties trace this. Lloyd-Jones spoke at Land’s induction to Melbourne Hall, Leicester, in 1947 and Land preached quite often at Westminster Chapel through the 1950s. Melbourne Hall continues to exercise a... Continue Reading
A Newly Published Resource for Presbyters
Book Review—Parliamentary Procedure for Presbyters: A Beginner’s Guide.
Though other resources exist for deeper investigation and more thorough mastery of the deliberative process, this booklet is uniquely clear, to the point, and pertinent to churchmen in the PCA. Whether you are new to the world of session meetings, presbyteries, and General Assembly or have been laboring faithfully over many years in Christ’s vineyard,... Continue Reading
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