Jesus’ Ministry to a Lipreader
Jesus’ ability and intentionality to adapt the communication of grace to this one particular man is astounding.
We should learn to minister to others around us with Jesus’ kind of intentional and purposeful compassion. We need to “speak the language” of our hearers so they will know the love of Christ and most effectively hear his word. Even preachers can learn from the account a little something more of how to minister... Continue Reading
Catherine Willoughby – An Outspoken Reformer
Catherine Willoughby married Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in 1533, she became one of the wealthiest and most powerful women in England.
Catherine was frustrated with the new queen’s compromises in the matter of religion. She supported preachers such as John Hooper, John A Lasko, John Field, opening to them the parish of the Holy Trinity Minories in London, which was under her jurisdiction. In her home, she employed as preacher and tutor for her children Miles... Continue Reading
Book Review: When Prayer Is a Struggle
Through this book, God will do that very thing—help you fight through your struggles and learn to enjoy prayer as one of his most precious gifts.
Kevin Halloron’s When Prayer Is a Struggle is meant to console Christians who are struggling to pray, to diagnose their troubles, and to provide practical counsel that can motivate them once more. A book that is appropriately simple and relatively short, it serves as a very relevant and very applicable guide to prayer. I expect every... Continue Reading
Steady on, Christian
What is your only comfort in life and death?
Your comfort is found in your belonging to Christ. Hairs may fall from your head, but they will not do so apart from the will of your heavenly Father. It is He who loves you, not the CDC or anyone else. So be steady, find your comfort in Him, and then live for His glory.... Continue Reading
Warnings for Counselors from the Book of Job
Job's friends made four key errors—mistakes we should strive to avoid.
Job’s counselors mistakenly thought they could discern the purposes of God in Job’s experience. Their errant conclusions led to erroneous counsel. If nothing else, the book of Job reminds us that the ways of God in any given situation are largely inscrutable. As the Lord shows Job when He appears in the whirlwind, our minds... Continue Reading
Review of “Rejoice and Tremble” By Michael Reeves
Book Review: Reeves begins with a great question: Is fear good or bad?
Reeves argues that there are multiple types of fear. First, natural fear is the fear of pain, accidents, and death. These are the result of the fall, but they are not sinful in themselves. A second form of fear he calls “Sinful Fear,” which gets its name because it derives from our sin. We fear... Continue Reading
Learning from the Hours
Have you ever noticed that in Genesis chapter one, the days are the wrong way around?
The days in the Old Testament seem to be backwards. Of course, I’m sure we can all grasp that they count time differently, so it’s not wrong but different. Except, I would like to contend that the Old Testament’s way of counting days is instructive to us. Honestly, it’s also better. The day starts in the evening... Continue Reading
#160: A Day of Good News
This is the day of salvation through Jesus Christ! It is a great day of great news!
There in the Bible, God Himself gives us the good news of salvation freely offered to sinners. He tells us of the way to escape from perishing in the fires and misery of Hell. He tells us the true way, the only way, the free way, and it is Himself. All who believe on the... Continue Reading
Asking the Right Questions
A man named Saul thought he did not need to ask any questions. He had all the answers.
God loves to answer questions—the “stupider” the better—because He loves for us to have the ultimate truth we need to complete the sentence “I believe . . . ” He never loses patience with a question, and neither do people who are serving Him. If you take a question to more mature Christians, those who... Continue Reading
2 Things We Must Do Because the Bible Calls us Sheep
Scripture encourages us to resist Satan and run to being shepherded.
We are sheep and Satan wants to destroy us, so we are wise to be shepherded by godly leaders who care for our souls (Peter’s emphasis in the first five verses of 1 Peter chapter 5). We are wise to be in community. The posture of “I will love Jesus but not the church” is... Continue Reading
Great News! God is on the Throne!
To Him who rides on the heaven of heavens.
We need to remember, God is on the throne. Although individuals make decisions to sin and create times of suffering in others’ lives, we can know that God’s plan includes these things. Friends, that means it will be ok. These events fit in God’s overall plan that ends with the return of Christ, His eternal... Continue Reading
The Spirit of Fear
Spirit of Fear is a large part of how the evil powers will attempt to control everyone.
Spirit of Fear is a large part of how the evil powers will attempt to control everyone. It is already started. My brethren. Stay in prayer. Obey the Lord. I am convinced that the Church Age is nearly over, but rough times are ahead for us until our Lord takes us home. Now is the... Continue Reading
The Heart of Family Reformation
Family worship can become the heart, in fact, of family reformation.
When culture rushes down on your family and the professing church is trying to imitate the world itself, how will your family keep from being swept away in its path? Only through the Word of God! Family worship, on a daily basis, is your hope that they will stand like steel piers against the prevailing... Continue Reading
#159: The Mercy of the Lord
Who in heaven or on earth is as merciful as our God?
The Lord Jesus Christ came to the world and kept the whole law for a wayward people. He bore the wrath of God for us sinners and died on the cross. Perhaps for a righteous man one would die but Jesus died for unrighteous men. Who has ever shown such mercy like that? Not Mary,... Continue Reading
Bringing the Gospel to Bucharest
In Romania, Reformed doctrines are often seen as suspicious. Most people are simply nominal Christians.
Some people attend the Evangelical Reformed Church in Bucharest for curiosity, but stay for its message. Corcea thinks that Reformed churches have an advantage over Eastern Orthodox because both the liturgy and the Scriptures are intelligible. Besides, the congregation can sit down, while in Eastern Orthodox churches they stand the whole time. At the same time,... Continue Reading
The cross is the place where God’s beauty is revealed most clearly.
We look forward to the day when we will stand with Jesus, the Lamb who looks as if it had been slain (Rev 5:6). Glorified with him, our wounded bodies will testify to his defeat of sin and death. May our eyes be transformed even now, so that we might see beauty as revealed by... Continue Reading
Difference or Contradiction?
Difference does not mean contradiction.
The Bible is a divine book—but it’s also a very human book, not in that it is filled with human errors but in that it reflects how human beings tell stories. No two people write in exactly the same way, and no two human beings report their perspectives on the same event identically. Two people... Continue Reading
I Wasn’t a Minority, Until Today
Since the vaccine passport segregates and erases me from parts of our society, though I’ve never been a visible minority, today—I am an invisible minority.
COVID-19 shouldn’t make us forget what this nation is supposed to stand for. COVID-19 shouldn’t make us forget our history. COVID shouldn’t make us forget our fundamental freedoms. If our freedoms aren’t fundamental in difficult times, then they aren’t fundamental at all. One of my friends sent me a text earlier this week saying:... Continue Reading
Why Almost Nobody Knows Anything about Critical Race Theory
We don’t need to assume anyone is lying or intending to deceive to understand why the political battle over CRT is so enervatingly stupid.
CRT is just a sophisticated legal theory taught only in law schools and graduate schools. Others say that CRT is the simple factual truth about the history of race and politics in the U.S. and conservative opponents are trying to block teaching that in public schools. These two claims cannot both be true. A complexly sophisticated idea taught only in graduate school... Continue Reading
American Homeschooling Goes Boom
Hundreds of thousands of moms and dads across the nation who have decided to become the principals of their very own, very small elementary schools.
The number of kids going to school at home nationwide has doubled over the past two years. In 2019, there were about 2.5 million students learning at home. Today there are nearly 5 million. That means more than 11 percent of American households are educating their children outside of traditional schools. In March 2020, as the coronavirus engulfed... Continue Reading
More on Bunyan’s Pastoral Heart
God indeed does not call the equipped, but rather equips the called.
God’s people, notice that what makes John Bunyan so attractive as a minister is his love for the Lord and his love for fellow brothers and sisters. Make certain that your affections are set on Christ. Love the people of your local church too, knowing that the Lord is producing within you all an eternal... Continue Reading
Prayer Tips: When to Pray
Anything worthy of our attention deserves time devoted to it.
Our problem is not a lack of resources. But one other thing is clear: we must make time to pray and praise God. If we cannot make and keep appointments with our Triune God, our relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, like any other, will suffer. The invitation is this: have... Continue Reading
Buckle-up Pro-lifers. They will say anything to silence us.
No matter how much darkness they try to cast over the moral imagination of our culture, we have to shine the light into the darkness.
Pro-abortionists want to distract everyone from the central issue. They want to keep everyone in the dark about what the abortionists are doing in their death chambers. They aren’t merely removing a clump of impersonal cells during an abortion. They are killing living human beings. They want to hide this central truth, but we must... Continue Reading
Should Elders Insist on Unanimity?
Five Reasons to Not Insist on Unanimity
Like David in Psalm 133, we should celebrate unity in our churches and in our elder boards. And as Paul instructs in Ephesians 4:3, we should be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” So we should pray for unity. We should work to preserve the unity God’s Spirit... Continue Reading
What Is Biblical Meditation?
Meditation, very simply, is ruminating on, thinking over, and pondering God, his works, and his Word.
In Hebrew, the word for meditation literally means to mumble to oneself; speaking to oneself audibly or in one’s heart. But it is not a mindless activity or the repetition of a mantra. Biblically, to meditate means to ponder, consider, chew on, and mull over the word of God. Biblical meditation is full of content,... Continue Reading
Jesus Isn’t Afraid of Your Investigation
Jesus knows what He’s about. And He knows that what He offers is the only thing that truly satisfies.
Jesus is not afraid of your investigation. He’s not afraid to invite you in – to bring you close – because He knows who He is. And He knows what He is offering. There is no guile, no insecurity, no anger at those who are truly seeking. There is no insecurity in the Son... Continue Reading
You Have Time to Sit with God
Satan will try to make everything feel more urgent than sitting down to be with Jesus.
Have the cares of this world distracted you from sitting at the feet of Jesus? Have your fears left you feeling restless, insecure, unstable? The God of the universe is still speaking, right now, in his word. Hear his voice calling your name today, bidding you to come and enjoy the one necessary thing, the... Continue Reading
The Problem of Christian Passivity, Part One
The believers I challenged seemed to approach almost any clash of ideas with an attitude of passivity.
The best way to define what I mean by “Christianity passivity” is through an illustration. Imagine you are in a setting in which other Christians are present, and a secular person enters and begins to strenuously denounce Christianity. Suppose that, rather than attempting to make any defense of your faith, you allow the person to... Continue Reading
7 Characteristics of Good Bible Teachers
Teaching scripture is a spiritual gift, but it is also a skill.
Several things come into play that impacts the quality of teaching. The sound of your voice, your cadence, and even the way you dress. There are even more important aspects to teaching scripture than what I will cover below, such as having a clear understanding of the Bible, studying your topic diligently, and most importantly, being faithful to... Continue Reading
The Christian and Philosophy
Protestant theologians recognize that theology is queen of the disciplines and that philosophy is a handmaiden, an ancillary tool that the church may use in the task of doing theology.
For those who believe that we should excise all philosophy from theology do not realize that all of us use philosophical concepts and terms whether we realize it or not. He who believes he is free from philosophy is the likely unwitting adherent to the philosophical teaching of a defunct philosopher or theologian. Rather than run from natural... Continue Reading