Martyn Lloyd-Jones, April Witkowski & the Myth of the Wasted Ministry
The Power of the Ordinary
What was true of my dear bride and Lloyd-Jones proves true of all of us. Our lives today will not be defined by our dreams, hopes, or expectations of what is to come (of what may never come) but will be defined by our faithful execution of the life and ministry God has given us... Continue Reading
Dennis Prager’s Troubling Defense of Pornography
Prager seems to have missed the obvious: that a society that mainstreams pornography is a society in anthropological crisis.
Many aspects of Prager’s comment are disturbing, not least his failure to address the dark nature of the pornography industry itself. But it is also instructive, because it exposes the superficiality of some of what passes for conservative thought today. Prager’s statement reveals that he lacks a real grasp of what is causing the social... Continue Reading
Scott Sauls, Author and Nashville Pastor, Placed on Indefinite Leave of Absence
Sauls is one of a growing number of high-profile pastors whose leadership style has come under scrutiny in recent years.
Sauls’ standing as a pastor will also be reviewed at an upcoming meeting of the Nashville Presbytery. According to the denomination’s rules, he is considered a “teaching elder” whose status as a minister is overseen by that local presbytery. That presbytery will have the final say over the length and conditions of Sauls’ leave. ... 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
Minucius Felix and His Answers to Unbelievers
It has been sufficient to place Minucius among the greatest rhetoricians of ancient Rome.
The Octavius has come down to us as one of the greatest works of third-century Christian apology, with a clarity, immediacy, and freshness that surpasses the works of other better-known apologists. It also gives a good idea of the arguments Romans wielded against Christian teachings and the prejudices they harbored against Christians, some of which still find... Continue Reading
Forgiving Each Other with God’s Immanence and Transcendence: A Corporate Call for Doctrine (Part Two)
Working out the ramifications of God’s immanence, transcendence and sovereignty over three elements in play in every conflict and in every attempt to forgive: the individual; the situation; the law.
Forgiveness is an act of worship in which a believer, acting as an authorized imperial agent, formally invokes the profound, transcendent goodness and immanence of God, beginning with His perfect justice—either on the cross for the elect, or in the future for those passed by. Forgiveness is practiced without waiting for any particular emotional state... Continue Reading
Hilda – The Abbess of Whitby
Teacher and Influencer
Bede tells us “her prudence was so great that not only indifferent persons but even kings and princes asked and received her advice.” In fact, “all who knew her called her Mother.” And her influence spread much beyond Whitby. “For her singular piety and grace,” Bede continues, “was not only an example of good life... Continue Reading
G.I. Williamson, 97, Called Home to Glory
Rev. Williamson served almost 71 years as a minister of the gospel in Reformed churches in the U.S. and New Zealand, 47 of which were in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
He was converted after the war while a professional saxophone player, attended Hope College, graduated from Drake University and Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary, where he was blessed by the teaching of Dr. John Gerstner, was ordained in the United Presbytery Church of North America on June 1, 1952, and served almost 71 years as a minister... Continue Reading
Lived to Be Forgotten: Dixon E. Hoste, Missionary to China
The successor of Hudson Taylor as leader of the China Inland Mission never sought fame but was remembered for his earnest prayers.
One of the most important and striking characteristics of Hoste was his prayer life—and related to that, his true humility before God and in his ministry. Hoste never sought fame or power. Instead, he was determined that his name and reputation would be subsumed under the desire to see Jesus get all the honor for... Continue Reading
A Time to Keep Silence: A Dissenting Perspective on the Nashville Massacre
Let us recognize that this is for many of us “a time to keep silence” (Eccl. 3:7) and act accordingly.
This massacre was perpetrated by one person in one place and toward one group of people. Even granting that we share a faith and formal ecclesiastical ties, there is a case for many of us keeping silent and not presuming to advise or to otherwise discuss the matter. In a matter so awful even consolation... Continue Reading