Divorce Wrecks Children’s Lives Too
Despite what our culture tells us about putting ourselves first, divorce is not good for you or your children.
We make a promise in marriage that offers unconditional love to one person and the children that come from that union: we say “you can place your happiness in my hands.” In that moment, both you and all your dependents are inextricably linked by your own choice until death. No amount of re-imagining your life... Continue Reading
Helmuth James Graf von Moltke – Learning to Number His Days
Besides preparing for death, Moltke wrote letters to prepare his family for this change in their lives.
The epistolary exchange between Helmuth and Freya is one of the most moving in history. Studded with Scriptures and with honest reflections on God’s work in their lives, they are also an invaluable testimony of how Christians can come to grips with the prospect of imminent death. Most of the time, Helmuth found it impossible... Continue Reading
PCA Chaplain (COL) David Peterson, Retired, Called Home to Glory
David Peterson, age 81, of Sturgis, SD, died Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Following military service, David served as the Executive Director of the Presbyterian and Reformed Joint Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel (PRJC) and Coordinator for Chaplain Ministries, Mission to North America (MNA), Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). In these roles, David recruited, sponsored, and mentored dozens of Chaplains who served in multiple branches of the... Continue Reading
Reformation Figures: Martin Luther
Luther, more than any other individual is recognized as the catalyzing force which launched the reformation.
Martin Luther had a role to play in the reformation as a seed planter. Luther wouldn’t live to see many of the fruits of discussions he had helped begin. He wasn’t a “finisher” in the reformation, he was a starter. He was used tremendously by God to restore and reform the church. Luther’s importance can... Continue Reading
The real issue of hindrance is based on the Christian who foolishly believes that he can rescue and reform himself by his own strength.
In the face of stubbornness, the sinner must resolve to be comforted by the Lord. There is an awful pride that feigns distress that one’s sins are too great and too numerous to confess. Hooker attacks this bogus belief: “You think you speak against yourself now: no, no, you speak against the Lord. And know,... Continue Reading
Lord Shaftesbury: Evangelical Social Reformer
Social justice warriors of the 21st century have nothing on this aristocratic evangelical.
While he believed that government had the responsibility to protect the most vulnerable, he always insisted that the voluntary principle was the ideal to spread the Christian faith and to act as the locus of social welfare. When in 1870 compulsory state education was introduced in England, Shaftesbury was incandescent. He was deeply skeptical of... Continue Reading
Spurgeon, the Sending Pastor
Week after week, Spurgeon presented the gospel powerfully and clearly to his people, and this message clarified what the task of missions is.
In calling all Christians to missions and coming alongside them in discerning the call, Spurgeon sought to mobilize gifted, qualified workers for the mission field. Though Spurgeon never became a missionary, his nearly 40-year ministry in London would mobilize men and women for the harvest and produce missionary efforts a hundredfold beyond what he could have... Continue Reading
The Reformation Ideal of Marriage
We need to recall the Reformation as a great recovery of the biblical understanding of marriage.
This “joyous success” of Martin and Katharina’s marriage and the six children who came from their union became, in Pettegree’s words, “a powerful archetype of the new Protestant family.” Luther’s love for his children led him to rightly see that central to the joys of marriage was the gift of sons and daughters. Our... Continue Reading
The World’s Quickest Case of Christophobia in Action
Welcome to our Brave New World where Christianity is now a threatened species. And it will keep getting worse if we do not wake up real soon and start taking a stand. Well, that did not take long. A brand new CEO has been forced out in record-breaking time. Not even 24 hours into... Continue Reading
The Bitter Splinters of Marburg
How the Table Split Luther and Zwingli
The division between these two German-speaking men of God and its sad legacy is a sobering reminder of the danger of dividing over issues that cannot be biblically demonstrated as being primary. When facing Christian division — and our day is equally filled with vitriol and misunderstanding between believers. A few years ago, while... Continue Reading