The Missing Piece
Shortly after she was born, our daughter was transported to a children’s hospital and diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder caused by missing her 15th chromosome, medically speaking, “missing a piece.”
God has already taught our family much. Our daughter’s rare condition does not make her enigmatic, but precious (Genesis 41:38; Proverbs 31:10). Her missing segments don’t make her incomplete, but our family would be incomplete without her. She is and ever will be, as her middle name Dorothy suggests, a gift from God. A... Continue Reading
A Commencement Address for The Class of 2022
Top Ten thoughts I hope you will consider as you move forward with your life..
Don’t go looking for the painful stuff – trust me, I know this is true – it will find you sure enough in this broken and fallen world. But remember that God redeems pain, suffering, hardship, loss – and the most precious lessons are learned in the midst of the most difficult circumstance. Board... Continue Reading
Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren to Retire in September, Names Andy Wood as His Successor
Andy Wood, 40, is currently Echo’s lead pastor, while Stacie Wood is a teaching pastor. They will have the same roles at Saddleback.
Founded in 2008 as South Bay Church, Echo now has four campuses and draws about 3,000 people to weekly services. Like Saddleback, Echo has ties to the Southern Baptist Convention, though neither church uses the word Baptist in its name. A graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Andy Wood has also worked with church planters... Continue Reading
There is a common idea in the contemporary Presbyterian Church in America that our people should be winsome, particularly in their polemics and intra-denominational disagreements.
God did not build his church upon suave, charming, likeable men. He built it upon a man of sorrows who was rejected by men and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3), and upon irascible fishermen who lopped off someone’s ear (Jn. 18:10), and upon other men who were not wise or attractive by worldly standards (Acts... Continue Reading
William Francis Joseph Jr., Former PCA Moderator, Called Home to Glory
In 1979 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Mr. Joseph has been a life-long member of Trinity Presbyterian Church, and has served first as a deacon from 1955 to 1962, then as an Elder from 1962 to 2014. In 1979 he was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Church’s highest court, and served during the... Continue Reading
Murder Or Miracle In The Cathedral: Two Augustines!
Whenever anyone is “born again” or “born from above,” a miracle takes place, whether in a cathedral, a church, or anywhere else!
While enrapt in the progress of this mystery, I was suddenly jolted by a common misunderstanding of many relating to the need for conversion and what it means to be a Christian. Augustine of Canterbury may have been born an Anglican, but he could not be born a Christian. One may be born a Muslim,... Continue Reading
Manitoba’s First Medically Assisted Death In A Church Was An ‘Intimate’ Ceremony
Betty Sanguin spent her last day with family and friends at Churchill Park United. Sanguin chose to die in the sanctuary that day.
But this was no ordinary church service. Sanguin chose to die in the sanctuary that day. Last spring, Sanguin was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). And when she decided to access medical assistance in dying (MAiD), she wanted the procedure to happen at her church. Churchill Park United’s leadership team unanimously approved her request,... Continue Reading
What Jordan Peterson Can Teach the Church About Men and Meaning
Our spiritual needs are not limited to salvation—sometimes a thoughtful unbeliever can have a better grasp of those needs than most Christians do.
Peterson’s message is not sufficient to rescue anyone–including him–from God’s righteous judgment. But it has proven a strikingly effective antidote to the spiritual chaos men face in today’s world. The church should take notes, even as we pray Peterson follows the meaning he preaches to its true source. I recently wrote something on Facebook... Continue Reading
Why Good Doctrine Matters in the Light of Heinous Sin
The Bible teaches that none of us are good enough to get ourselves to God.
When stacked against his holiness, Isaiah 64:6 says even our very best deeds are like filthy rags. They are not good enough to do anything to overcome the weigh of our sin. If there were a divine set of scales, on one side would be an infinitely heavy block of sin and on the other the weightless... Continue Reading
A Martyr’s Last Letter to His Mother
A personal glimpse of our brother and father in the faith, Guido de Brès.
“And now, my good mother, I beg you to show yourself as a virtuous woman in your afflictions, and bear patiently and joyfully this trial that God has sent you, knowing that it is the good will of God against which no one can resist, even if he would. Live the rest of your days... Continue Reading