On Preparing Yourself for Corporate Worship
If you find yourself wanting more out of your church’s worship services, then take ownership and consider doing the following.
By simply taking 5-10 minutes to read and meditate on the text your pastor is preaching in advance, you’ll position yourself to listen better. Maybe even read the footnotes in a study Bible as well. This will be easy to do if your pastor is preaching verse by verse through a book of the Bible. You... Continue Reading
Are Evangelicals Selling Their Souls for Israel?
The October 7 attack on Israel was brutal, barbaric, and criminal. On that tragic day, world opinion was squarely behind Israel.
With this in mind, it’s hard to believe the numbers are exaggerated. In fact, the situation could be much more dire. The question Evangelicals must answer is this, “Can Christians continue to support Israel’s wholesale slaughter of civilians without losing their soul?” The question should be answered with all haste because a genocide is taking place... Continue Reading
What Is the Spectrum of Major Views on Political Theology? A Proposed Taxonomy of Seven Views on Religion and Government
Christians are becoming more interested in political theology because what seemed to be a neutral public square is now an increasingly polarized battleground.
At this moment in my American context, I think it is wise for Christians not to prematurely separate from each other based on different political theologies. The reason is that the orcs are not just at the gates; they are infiltrating the city as citizens and magistrates. While a sexual revolution is rapidly transforming our... Continue Reading
Why Do We Need Community?
Salvation, the church, and heaven are God’s plan, and they result in physical, mental, spiritual, and—ultimately—eternal health.
God is a community of three persons and invites us into His divine community to enjoy friendship and fellowship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ (John 14:1–6, 15–18, 23–24). No amount of marriage, family, church, or friendships will substitute for the fundamental loneliness we will experience if we try to live apart from God.... Continue Reading
The Curious Rise in Disability: How Changing Language Alters the Nature of Reality
By using such a broad understanding of disability, and therefore limiting conversation about other social, environmental, or economic factors, the state can both absolve itself of needing to provide real policy solutions and proclaim itself the protector of a victimized class.
By changing language, the state attempts to solve a metaphysical quandary, and something intangible changes about our reality. Our government’s rush toward one-size-fits-all solutions means the particularities of individual lives become lost in the maze of a bureaucratic process. Disability is a stark reminder of the human condition. It is more than a problem to... Continue Reading
Being Constantly Online Has Changed Us More than We Think
The Bible identifies us as embodied creatures who need the real world that God has made—not simply the mental world of the internet.
We tend to think that everything should be immediately available because that’s how things are online. And so we kind of develop this impatience with regular life, which tends to be delayed and not as instantly gratifying as we might wish. We tend to view things through the lens of convenience and efficiency rather than... Continue Reading
Jephthah, a Rash Vow, and the Spirit of God
Is the Spirit of the Lord still upon Jephthah in the making of the vow, or was the Spirit upon Jephthah through the journey only?
We must view this vow of Jephthah as an incredibly sinful response to the Lord’s gracious working in Him and through Him. It tapped into his pride, and it was whilst drunk on success and his own pride and ego – as opposed to being filled with the Spirit – that Jephthah made the rash... Continue Reading
Men Need Biblical Counseling
The Bible’s Masculinity
We must acknowledge that men throughout our culture and churches are in need of much soul care. The answer is not therapy that in addition to being atheistic in origin is contrary to the nature of men. Instead, the answer is Scripture, which was given by God through the pens of men to speak to... Continue Reading
Is There a Regulative Principle for How We Should Dress?
Questions and thoughts on worship and how we should dress.
The Regulative Principle of Worship has been a part of the worshiping community of the Lord from the beginning. It defines our worship and regulates it to the glory and pleasure of God. Traditionally, the principle identifies elements of worship that should be included in the Church’s offerings whether of the Old Covenant or the... Continue Reading
Kooks Not Welcome
Here is the definition of a kook: One whose ideas or actions are eccentric, fantastic, or insane.
I have not yet developed a method for the quick and reliable identification of kooks, but I may begin working on it soon. Perhaps I will call it the Fawkes Protocol. The local church is a precious gift from God. It is place where Christ’s sheep should be able to rest each week in the... Continue Reading