There Are No Shortcuts to Growth

Casually attending to the things of the Lord will not result in our nurture. Visualizing or seeking a secret formula won’t help.

God’s work is easy for Him. He doesn’t look for shortcuts because He never grows weary. We get tired and frustrated, however. We’re tempted to look for the simple path, the quick answer, the effortless way forward. But there is none. Sanctification requires diligently attending to the means God has given us. The growth may... Continue Reading

Jordan Peterson, Jung, and Hope for the Faint-Hearted

A warning: Peterson’s fresh view of “faith” involves admiration of (at least) one dangerous thinker—Carl Jung, the famous Swiss psychologist.

Jordan Peterson seems to be a genuine seeker after truth, with an insatiable appetite to put the world together in a coherent worldview. Much of what he says is very “Christian friendly,” but his coherence breaks down when he finds inspiration in Carl Jung, one of the most powerful creators of today’s post-Christian, neo-pagan culture.... Continue Reading

Race in America and the American Church

Part 8: The Complicity of the Church in Increasing Black Poverty and Racial Alienation

While the growth of the welfare and administrative state that chokes black opportunity has been pushed first and foremost by the political and theological liberal elite, Bible-believing churches must claim their share of the blame. While rightly striving to maintain historical Christian orthodoxy amidst the collapse of the Western church in Europe and much of... Continue Reading

Getting Beyond The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Christian counselors can sometimes forget their mentally ill patients still have souls.

“The reality is that we all know people who have had mental illness, depression, anxiety, and other problems. The more we talk about [mental illness] and bring it out of the shadows, the more understanding and compassion we’ll have, and I think the better care people will get,” Achtyes told LifeWay Research. “And don’t we... Continue Reading

Lord, Let Me Remember The Lesson Of The Earring

When the loss of earring led to a significant life and spiritual lesson.

I am still praying for the family of that little boy. I think of those strangers so often that I know my conviction to pray for them is from God and that the family may be a Christian family.  I am convinced I will meet that little boy one day.  I am praying that our... Continue Reading

False Friends and Dead Words

No one can fully predict the future of the English language, even those who—like the KJV translators—help shape that future.

Many words and phrases in the KJV are still in use but meant different things in seventeenth-century England—and yet what they now mean makes sufficient sense in context that most readers don’t notice the change. They don’t realize they need to look these words up. Unicorn may be one example. Amidst a list of other... Continue Reading

What Christians Should Know About Embryo Adoption

This God who became a human embryo to save sinners would have his church stand up for the many human embryos regularly discarded or frozen indefinitely.

If you haven’t heard of embryo adoption, you’re not alone. Even though thousands of children in the United States could immediately benefit from this act of love, many people—Christians included—remain unaware of this adoptive need.   A hallmark of the evangelical church in America is the backing of a pro-life worldview. As such, abortion clinics... Continue Reading

U.S. Episcopal Diocese Votes to Stop Using Masculine Pronouns for God

The resolution to stop using "gendered language for God" was passed quickly by delegates to the Diocese's 123rd Convention.

“Jesus did not call God ‘Imma’ (Mother), but always and exclusively ‘Abba’ (Father),” Dr. Paul Tarazi of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary explained. Indeed, “Father” is the only way Jesus ever referred to God, and the only way He taught His followers to do so.   WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Episcopal church... Continue Reading

Will You Still Know Me?

Oh child, will I still know you? I will know you in a crowd of a thousand.

Jesus wrote my name in the pages of eternity. He inscribed me on hands wounded by the weight of the sin of humankind. I am bookmarked chosen. When Heidi comes back, a white bandage covers what used to be a brown birthmark. Her eyes are open, searching for me. I lean down, kiss her forehead... Continue Reading

Things Women Wish You Wouldn’t Say In Church

Our hope is that church leaders get a insight into the minds of some of the women sitting in the pews

“Yesterday we looked at real examples of when women feel valued and honored in their church. Today we’re sharing moments or things that are said in church life that have made women cringe.”   To coincide with the release of Kathleen Nielson’s new book, Women and God, we conducted a survey. It invited Christian women... Continue Reading

Judge David Lampe Rules for Tastries Bakery, Owner Cathy Miller Can Continue to Refuse to Make Same-Sex Wedding Cakes

Lampe's ruling relied heavily on the First Amendment to the Constitution

“The State cannot succeed on the facts presented as a matter of law. The right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment outweighs the State’s interest in ensuring a freely accessible marketplace,” Lampe wrote in his ruling on Monday. “The right of freedom of thought guaranteed by the First Amendment includes the right to... Continue Reading

What Should We Make of the Massive Repetition of Tabernacle Details in Exodus?

How might we approach Chapters 35-39 of Exodus?

“There’s no avoiding the fact that Exodus dedicates exorbitant space to the architectural details of the tabernacle. And those details occur not only once but twice. Every preacher must solve the conundrum of how to preach Exodus without preaching the same sermon(s) multiple times.”   I used to lead a small group Bible study in... Continue Reading

Procrastination Is a Failure to Love

Procrastination is inherently self-centered. It is a form of self-love.

“In the past few weeks I’ve begun to spy procrastination at work in my life once again. It approached quietly, perhaps taking the opportunity to slink in alongside the ongoing nerve issues that have kept me from my usual systems and patterns of work. Or maybe it snuck in with all the travel I’ve been... Continue Reading

A White Guy’s Reflections on Black Panther

Black Panther is a movie about a superhero, but not just any superhero — a black superhero

“A movie has no power to ultimately change people’s hearts. Only Jesus can do that. But I believe it can serve to help the progress we must make toward racial unity. It can encourage the black community and educate other communities.”   To be honest, I can’t remember going to a movie quite like Black... Continue Reading

Praying For Our Children

I pray the same prayer every night. I lead in to it differently, but it stays pretty much the same.

“I don’t pray long winded prayers. I pray these words, kiss them on the cheek, and turn out the lights. True, they don’t know what theologians or missionaries are (yet) and they are not quite sure why I want them to be like trees, but those days will come. What is important now is that... Continue Reading

Know What Not to Say

Christians should be the most careful speakers in the world

“Every careless word.” That should stop us in our tracks. It should set us trembling, considering how many words we speak. And by “speak” I mean every word that comes out of our mouths, our pens, and our keyboards. We speak thousands of words every day, sometimes tens of thousands.   Christians should be the... Continue Reading

What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?

“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you …” (John 15:7a).

In a nutshell, abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles! Then, of course, as Christ’s Word dwells in us and the Spirit fills us, we will begin... Continue Reading

Religious Discrimination in Canada

Canada takes pride in being a progressive nation, but our government is relying on the same tired excuses for religious discrimination that the United States Supreme Court dismissed more than fifty years ago.

The European Convention on Human Rights prohibits religious discrimination. The United States Constitution “prohibit[s] governments from discriminating in the distribution of public benefits based upon religious status or sincerity.” And in Canada, section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that no one will be denied a benefit to which they are otherwise entitled based on their religion.  ... Continue Reading

At Home in Wakanda

We rally around superheroes like the Black Panther because we hope that they can lead us to Wakanda.

Having watched a civil-rights documentary beforehand, I found the ideologies of the two main characters to be thought-provoking. And although Black Panther has good action scenes, strong characters, a decent narrative, and helpful questions about global responsibility, the enchantment of the movie for many blacks in the theater was not, in my estimation, about the hero per se,... Continue Reading

Three Things To Know about Korean Christianity

In the city of Gangneung, about thirty minutes from PyeongChang,140 or so churches have been a part of a national Christian organization formed in 2012 to prepare for the Olympics.

Most surveys indicate that around a quarter of the population of South Korea (around 50 million) identify as Christians. Despite years of systemic opposition to Christianity under the Japanese during the Second World War, the devastation of the Korean War leading to many Christians from what is now North Korea becoming refugees, and decades of... Continue Reading

Lustful Eyes

In the massive global scourge that is pornography, men are not the only addicts.

Harris, 32, has found freedom from pornography and now helps others battling it. She says she sometimes tells pastors: “You’re fighting for your men, and that’s great. But you’re being flanked.” Women are languishing too.   Jessica Harris was 13 years old when her online research for a school project returned a handful of harmless... Continue Reading

The Difference between Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are the children of humanity.

Though Guilt and Shame are twins, born in the garden, only moments apart, they aren’t identical. Guilt is usually tied to an event: I did something bad. Shame is tied to a person: I am bad. Guilt is the wound. Shame is the scar. Guilt is isolated to the individual. Shame is contagious.   In Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol,... Continue Reading

Will We Have Our Own Homes in Heaven?

“In my Father’s house are many rooms. . . . I am going there to prepare a place for you.”

The term room is cozy and intimate. The terms house or estate suggest spaciousness. That’s Heaven: a place both spacious and intimate. Some of us enjoy coziness, being in a private space. Others enjoy a large, wide-open space. Most of us enjoy both—and the New Earth will offer both.   Perhaps you’re familiar with Christ’s promise in John 14: “In my... Continue Reading

Eternal Generation and Preaching the Biblical Gospel

As we hear the gospel faithfully preached, we are “entering more thoroughly into the meaning of Scripture” not merely reading the Scripture, and this moves us into all the doctrines of the Christian faith.

Definitions of preaching abound but a biblically faithful definition goes something like this: Christian preaching is the Triune God’s ordained means by which he uses men filled with his Spirit to reveal the meaning of his written word to a particular congregation of the bride of Christ Jesus for the glory of the Father. Truly, more could be said.... Continue Reading

Why Do Some Pastors Deliberately Avoid Teaching Their Church Doctrine?

Attempting to circle in more people for our churches by unashamedly minimizing, or perhaps nearly eradicating, the restricting influences of doctrine.

For us to even attempt to build churches by minimizing doctrine is a philosophy so far removed from the original purpose of Christ and His apostles that one would wonder if we were in the same movement. How close is this to the prediction of Paul when he said that “they will accumulate for themselves... Continue Reading

An Interview with Billy Graham’s Best Biographer

An interview of William Martin, author of the best narrative biography of Billy Graham, A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story.

His greatest legacy may be one that will be impossible to measure, in the tens of thousands of itinerant evangelists that his organization trained. I don’t think any single person will be the next Billy Graham, in part because evangelical Christianity has become, in significant measure because of what Graham did, so large and diverse... Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know about B. B. Warfield

Warfield more than anyone else gave the doctrine of inspiration its deepest analysis and most extensive exposition and defense.

B. B. Warfield is said to have been the one who “propelled orthodoxy into the twentieth century.” Warfield was by no means alone in his energetic defense of the faith: there was Spurgeon and Orr and Bonar and others. But no one was so fully equipped to answer the onslaught of unbelief of the day... Continue Reading

Trying to Get our Morals Back

Society tried to disconnect the sexual revolution from morality, and seems shocked when people behave in immoral ways.

When we get rid of God, it’s not that we have no standards, it’s that our standards have no foundation, and constantly shift. This frantic remoralising of sex will not lead to greater chastity, but it will lead to a governing by fear—fear of transgressing ever shifting boundaries. What we need is a rich, safe,... Continue Reading

‘MORE’ in the PCA: A Foundation Urging PCA Ruling Elders to Attend General Assemblies

If you are an RE concerned about the direction of the PCA and cannot go to General Assembly because your congregation cannot reimburse your expenses, contact MORE!

It occurred to me that there ought to be an organization that would address those problems and encourage REs to attend General Assembly, and presbytery for that matter.  Having found no such pre-existing organization, I founded one:  MORE in the PCA, Inc.  If you want to learn more about the organization, I encourage you to... Continue Reading

Race in America and the American Church

Part 7: Black Poverty, Social Dysfunction, and the Welfare State

Most American churches today have bought into the world’s perspective that whites are intrinsically racist because of generations of racism and advantages that have proceeded us. And that the poor economic and social circumstances of many blacks are the result of white racism. Thus, their main advice to their members is to examine themselves to... Continue Reading