When the role and responsibility outpace the leader’s character, disaster is inevitable.
Caring about your team’s character begins with the ongoing process of building and assembling the team, but it does not end there. Care for their souls. Pray for them. Remind them of the grace of God. If you sense a lapse in character, if the Holy Spirit brings something to your mind, don’t bury it.... Continue Reading
Praying the Lord’s Prayer Specifically for a Person or Situation
The beauty of praying the Lord’s Prayer—it is comprehensive and helps us prioritize what God wants us to pray.
I’m convinced the Lord’s Prayer is the ultimate prayer tool and the first thing believers should memorize, that’s why I mention it so much in my book When Prayer Is a Struggle. If we can learn how to use this Spirit-inspired prayer tool well, many of our struggles to pray will dissipate. One of my favorite prayer... Continue Reading
A God I Could Love
"It is more pious and more accurate to signify God from the Son and call Him Father, than to name Him from His works only and call Him Unoriginate." ~Athanasius
In the Son of God, we do not see a haughty God, reluctant to be kind. We see one who comes in saving grace while we were still sinners. In him we see a glory so different from our needy and selfish applause-seeking. We see a God of superabundant self-giving. We see a God unspotted... Continue Reading
The victorious Christ rose to His throne as King of kings and Lord of lords.
We sometimes talk about kings and queens “ascending to the throne,” and this—the ascension of Christ—is the supreme example. It’s nothing less than the visible demonstration that Jesus Christ is now enthroned in heaven. So when we talk about the ascension, the word isn’t simply referring to the physical “rising up” of Christ. He is... Continue Reading
Pro-Life Group Wins Battle to Share Pro-Life Message at One of the Most Liberal Universities
Project Truth and Tiny Heartbeat Ministries were courageous and stood up for their free speech rights.
Once on campus, pro-life advocates were threatened, had their property taken, and faced radical opposition, BUT…the police got their property back and defended their free speech rights. Many great conversations transpired, including a touching encounter with a Chinese student who had immigrated to the United States with his mom to flee the one-child policy that... Continue Reading
Pablo Besson – For the Gospel and Religious Freedom
When Pablo (then Paul) Besson received a request from Mathieu Floris, a Belgian emigrant to Argentina, to help him find an evangelist to spread the gospel in that country, he did his best to promote the cause. When no one answered, he understood that the call was for him.
Besson’s greatest impact, however, was through his faithful preaching, constantly pointing his listeners to Christ and clearly distinguishing between law and gospel, and through his translation of the New Testament from Greek to Spanish, which continued to be used for generations. This translation was published as a single volume in 1919 and it was the... Continue Reading
Embracing Suffering in Ministry: Lessons from Romans 8 – Part 2
God is in control. He’s sovereign, and he works even the greatest tragedies into something good.
The Holy Spirit groans with us. He intercedes for us in our helplessness. And not only that, we know that God is going to turn everything into good. And if he’s sovereign, then we have hope. And if we have hope, we have patience. We work in the midst of hardship, in the midst of... Continue Reading
How Do I Know if Sin Reigns in Me?
Sin whispers to us that we have more time before the concrete settles, that our ways are still malleable. But it’s lying.
When we sin, if we find our natural reaction to busy ourselves with other tasks—to take a shower and get out of the house and listen to music, that might be an indicator that we are refusing to think of God. But if when we sin, we think of our kind Father, and feel the... Continue Reading
Lord, Where Is Your Faithfulness?
How the Faithful Sing in Crisis
In Psalm 89, God invites us to be bold in our prayerful laments. If our heart’s desire is God; if we long, for ourselves and our people, to experience the joy of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness; if our words are not the grumbling of unbelief but the expression of grieved faith, then it’s good... Continue Reading
In the Presence of My Enemies
Know what is true. Let the inerrant and living Word of God commandeer your heart and mind and body.
Worship what is true. Give God the holy worship He commands, being ready to join in the fellowship of Christ’s suffering. Repent daily. Be a covenant member of a faithful church. Sing psalms. Feast in the presence of your enemies. If you are in Christ, your enemies are Christ’s enemies. And this means we have... Continue Reading
Why I Am a Conspiracy Theorist
What we need is the boldness of the early disciples. For theirs was a boldness founded upon divine conspiracy, the true antidote to today’s totalitarian impulse.
Conspiracy is hardly restricted to evildoers or powermongers. Christians conspire together—at least, if they’re prudent and alert to the signs of the times. Calling to mind Psalm 2, the outnumbered group of disciples in Jerusalem appealed to God for help, knowing that he is the ultimate conspirator, that his hand and his plan are present... Continue Reading
Returning To Your First Love
Is the Light of God’s presence dim, almost imperceptible?
Do not let sin reign in your body. You do not have to continue this sin, though all Christians fail out of inbred weakness. When you sin, repent immediately of your disobedience and continue in your affection for God. Don’t let sin have one hour of your time. Destroy it by the weapons of repentance... Continue Reading
Justification by Faith Alone Demonstrates God’s Righteousness
Being justified by faith, we have peace with God.
BEING justified by faith, we have peace with God. Conscience accuses no longer. Judgment now decides for the sinner instead of against him. Memory looks back upon past sins, with deep sorrow for the sin, but yet with no dread of any penalty to come; for Christ has paid the debt of His people to... Continue Reading
The Weapon We Need for Spiritual Battle
Now is not the time to bend or bow to cultural pressures.
There is a battle raging. We have a powerful enemy who seeks to devour, but we have a weapon that is more powerful and allows us to fight back—the truth. Armed with the truth of God, we can withstand Satan’s assaults. As ambassadors for Christ, we can stand firm against the devil’s lies in the... Continue Reading
Feeding the 5000 | Mark 6:30-44
Why were there twelve baskets full of bread and fish after the meal?
He sent them on their journey with no bread. He forced them to rely upon the provision of the Father for their daily bread. Since they each returned, we can safely conclude that the Father did indeed provide for them. Not one of the twelve starved along the journey. Now just as the Father had... Continue Reading
Caring for Widows and Widowers in the Church
If you want to see pure Christianity in action, you can witness it in the care for widows and orphans.
Yes, in the present day widows often have greater financial resources at hand—they have insurance policies, retirement savings, and the like. Many don’t need the financial support of the church. But caring for widows is not merely about financial support. Think about it: if you have a woman who was married for forty or fifty years... Continue Reading
Biblical Justice vs. Mob Justice
Our prejudices can cloud our judgment and lead us to believing accusations without evidence simply because the accused belongs to a group we don’t like.
Our hearts are prone to partiality in judgment (James 2:9). We are open to believe the best about certain kinds of people and the worst about other kinds of people. Our prejudices can cloud our judgment and lead us to believing accusations without evidence simply because the accused belongs to a group we don’t like.... Continue Reading
Five Reasons Why I’m Voting for Overture 37
The change would call for presbyteries to examine the personal character of candidates for office, giving specific attention to notorious concerns.
Overture 37 provides a helpfully pointed guide for character examinations that meets the evident needs of our situation. Church courts will be greatly aided in fulfilling their biblical duty by focusing on sexual immorality, relational sins, abuse, racism, and gross financial mismanagement. It also will communicate to our leaders what character is regarded as necessary... Continue Reading
Race is Real and Not a Social Construct
It is rather contradictory to assert that the concept of race is not real, but then to turn around and use the term race to describe all of the descendants of Adam.
Christians do not need to adopt the Neo-Marxist theory of race as a social construct in order to do battle against the CRT of Neo-Marxism. It is better to recognize the truth that distinct races do exist in objective reality, and that good and bad attributes become characteristics of races as a result of the... Continue Reading
Psalm 90: A Brief Life, Our Eternal God, and Unending Joy
In our brief lives, we must seek our satisfaction in the steadfast love of the everlasting God.
As we consider our brief time on earth, we should number our days. This means we should celebrate birthdays with both joy and sobriety. We should hold our years loosely. At the start of each day we should commit our upcoming hours to the Lord, and we should return thanks to him as each day... Continue Reading
Holiness: A Reader’s Guide to a Christian Classic
Holiness takes Christ seriously. The person and work of Christ is, perhaps, the greatest theme of this work. Ryle certainly intended it to be so.
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots proved to be one of Ryle’s most popular works. It is one of the best presentations of Puritan and Reformed spirituality ever written, and thanks to the simplicity and forcefulness of Ryle’s writing style, it is certainly one of the most accessible. Think of Holiness as The Pilgrim’s Progress stated propositionally. And like... Continue Reading
As Christian Cold War Heats Up, The Faithful Are Equipping For Battle
The Christian cold war will mean an increase in church splits, takeovers, and other power struggles as people choose sides on existential questions, including theology.
Many religious leaders have mistaken American polarization as merely political, thus scapegoating Trump for pulling the rug off many cockroach nests that predate his presidency. Yet this polarization in fact sprouts from irreconcilable theological and philosophical differences, which accounts for its fierceness and existential nature. Americans are debating whether truth and human nature exist, and whether... Continue Reading
Thank You, God, That I Am Not Like Other Men
Though we so readily compare ourselves with others, we discover that this fosters a deep unhappiness. What promises joy actually delivers misery.
Comparison can only become an ally when we use it to compare ourselves to the right standard and if we do so for the right reason. It can only become an ally when we compare ourselves to Jesus out of a longing to be more like him. The way to grow in holiness is not... Continue Reading
Three Tests for Diagnosing Idols of the Heart
Realize that the Lord’s goal is not to slay your heart but to sanctify and satisfy it (and in that order).
First, be honest with the Lord about it. Trust that if you confess this idol to the Lord, He will forgive you and open His arms to you. Second, ask Him to show you how this idol is deceiving you and stealing the contentment the Lord offers His children right where you are. Third, ask... Continue Reading
The Sermon on the Mount: How Did Jesus Practice What He Preached?
Jesus recurrently emphasized that we are ever in danger of falling into hypocrisy.
The Savior has taken away the sin of our hypocrisy by his sincere obedience. Who but Jesus could keep the commands of God with such sinless sincerity? Then, having perfectly done what he taught in absolute sincerity, Jesus left us with the most potent example to follow. Jesus constantly warned about hypocrisy throughout his... Continue Reading
Dr. George W. Knight, III, Called Home to Glory
Dr. George William Knight, III, 89, passed into glory on Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home in Lake Wylie, South Carolina.
From 1970 to 1989, Dr. Knight served as Professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, then the denominational seminary of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES). The 38th General Assembly of the OPC elected Dr. Knight to serve as Moderator in 1971. In 1976, Dr. Knight transferred his ministerial... Continue Reading
Why The Church Has Such a Long History of Leading in Education
Education doesn’t make sense in a worldview that is only about survival.
In a biblical worldview, Satan is out to deceive the nations, that’s Revelation 20. The church is out to disciple the nations. God says to Abraham, “if you follow me, I will bless you. I will make you a great nation.” But how would Abraham become a great nation? God says in Genesis 18: 18-19... Continue Reading
When I Believe the Prosperity Gospel
Anything that requires us to exclude sharing in the sufferings of Christ from the blessings that God may choose to gift us with is a lie.
If you follow Jesus you will have your sins forgiven. Your shame will be wiped away to be replaced by the Father’s smile on his beloved daughter, his beloved son. Your fears and afflictions from evil spiritual forces will be defeated by the victory of Jesus on the cross. But they are not the good... Continue Reading
The Embarrassment Reflex: Evangelicals and Culture
If the “right” kind of theology simply baptizes what other disciplines have already decided to sanction, the church’s “prophetic witness” inevitably comes to mean merely rubber-stamping some secular ideology or another.
Perhaps the price of elite evangelical respectability in the modern academy is adoption of the embarrassment reflex—understood as, in its deepest sense, a willingness to allow the idea of the “social” to displace that of the classically theological at the taproot of intellectual life. Such a displacement demands that evangelicals norm their theological claims against... Continue Reading
The New Secession Movement
States increasingly look to ban travel and business with other American locales.
It’s tempting these days to see a secessionist movement coming out of the sharp divide between Trump and Biden supporters. But long before Trump ran for office, back when Biden was a grandfatherly senator and later vice president, state officials began acting as if their colleagues in other states were the moral equivalent of leaders... Continue Reading