The Still More Glorious Day
The cross was not the defeat it had seemed to be. Rather it was a defiant, emphatic, all-powerful victory.
The day Jesus rose, he planted an invincible, unshakable flag of hope over the grave. How could anything ever surpass his victory? Only he could author a more glorious day, and he has, a day that is coming soon. “The trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed”... Continue Reading
How the Pandemic Will Change Evangelism for Good
This COVID-19 period is a golden opportunity, partly because culture has changed. We must all hear and heed afresh the rebuke of Jesus, “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (Luke 12:56).
The silver lining of COVID-19 is it gives church leadership a chance to change its entire thinking on what its members must do to reach this world. Because the world is now even more suspect to the invasion of their space, we will have to learn how to get beside others in a way that... Continue Reading
What Does It Mean to Be a Man in the Home?
In keeping with God’s original design, as restored in the Lord Jesus Christ, a true man, as rooted in his essential, Godgiven identity, will reflect characteristics of his design.
Men may feel under great pressure at times as providers and leaders. Without God, living out all their roles adequately, or even with excellence, is virtually impossible. It’s a high calling to be ultimately held accountable for all that occurs in their family (and in the case of elders, the church). It is at this... Continue Reading
On Having Backbone From Above
The backbone from above lives in the real world and appreciates the natural order.
This heavenly-granted earthly spine is a rare commodity. My guess is we will see two groups on the rise in the near future. We will have the rise of the spineless running parallel with the rise of the backbone from below. Believers in the Courageously Crucified One should want nothing to do with either. So,... Continue Reading
Stumbling Over Stereotypes
Let’s change the stereotypes and become known as a church who loves our neighbor enough to tell them the truth about how to find eternal peace with the One who created them!
I don’t care what color or creed or faith background they come from. I am seeking to share the good news of the gospel with a person made in the image of God so that they might be reconciled to their Creator; and when a person understands that, false stereotypes quickly fall by the wayside. What... Continue Reading
Seeking the Lost
How much more joyous it should be to us when a lost sinner, made in the image of God, returns to his Maker and Redeemer!
Do we have the faith, encouraged by Luke 15, that lost people, pictured as straying sheep, misplaced coins, and wandering sons, will eventually return to their rightful place? Do we anticipate rejoicing wholeheartedly when what is lost is found by Christ? A few weeks ago, we returned home after a wonderful family vacation... Continue Reading
Review: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ-A Commentary for the People”
Crenshaw’s, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ,” provides a considerable amount of insight into the meaning of the visions that John saw and recorded in the Revelation.
Crenshaw places his emphasis throughout the book on the textual context of each of the visions of Revelation. Through each section, Jesus remains in view. A discussion of Jesus’ overwhelming holiness before a prostrate John leads to a church-by church-study series through the seven letters to the churches. A Review: The Revelation of Jesus... Continue Reading
Tending the Vine
The Father will purge those who are not united to Christ by the Holy Spirit and will prune those who are united to Christ in their effectual calling.
Jesus says that every branch aligned with Him that does not bear fruit, His Father the vinedresser will remove. When Jesus says the Father takes away a branch, he is not speaking of someone losing salvation because they were slacking in their efforts at obedience. Rather, fruitlessness betrays lifelessness. The vine and branches is a metaphor... Continue Reading
The Morning Star of the Reformation
Hus, Luther, and the other Reformers were indebted to him. So are we. Wycliffe was indeed “the Morning Star of the Reformation.”
While attending church on December 28, 1384, Wycliffe suffered a severe stroke, his second. He died two days later. Post tenebras lux—”after darkness, light”—is the slogan representing the Reformation at Calvin’s Geneva. The sun did rise in the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and the light of the gospel chased the darkness away. But we... Continue Reading
The Dead-end of Research Justice
In “Cynical Theories,” the authors demonstrate that modern Critical Theory is essentially applied post-modernism.
Critical Theory values epistemic diversity—as if spiritism or superstition are just as valid as rational and evidentiary forms of knowing. But we must insist that reason and evidence are universal values, not white ones. They are universal because they are gifts from God to be used for his glory, not to be discarded as racist... Continue Reading
Responding to Craig’s Proposals On The Eternal Generation Of The Son
Craig concludes his paper with a restatement of his thesis that the doctrine of eternal generation should be replaced with a model of social trinitarianism.
Craig’s claim that eternal generation should be rejected on exegetical, historical/philosophical, and theological grounds is itself open to challenge and debate. Furthermore, the alternative of social trinitarianism creates more problems than it solves. In the end, the Nicene doctrine of eternal generation should not be quickly abandoned by Christians. Properly understood, it most faithfully reflects... Continue Reading
He Knows What Is In The Darkness
We were not created to live in darkness.
There is something tremendous in this statement. So often, we see darkness around us. Daniel was living in dark days. He and his friends had been taken into captivity, forced to learn the foreign ways, and even had their Hebrew names changed. There was much darkness in their world, but they were learning that their... Continue Reading
Death in the Pot and the Meaning of Scripture
When reading Scripture consider these two questions: What is God teaching me about Himself? What is God requiring of me? We’ll then begin to accurately understand the meaning.
Most of us have never experienced a famine. We live in a land of such abundance of food that we have become vain to the point of widespread gluttony, excess, wastefulness, and discontent. How thankful should Christians be to the Lord for the abundance of food He provides each and every day? And Elisha... Continue Reading
An Open Letter to the Overcommitted Pastor
“Never confuse activity with accomplishment.”
Your personal devotional life will be the easiest thing to sacrifice, and the one thing you cannot afford to lose. The congregation will not know right away if your time with the Lord is suffering. You will still be able to preach sermons on Sundays, and you will be capable of recalling Bible verses when... Continue Reading
The Rarest Commodity
Ultimately, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are only found in Jesus Christ.
When we come to Christ, we learn to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We seek after His instruction and walk in His ways. Jesus is the rarest commodity–the eternal wisdom of God and sole source of righteousness and life. It is Him we must learn to seek, find, and acquire more... Continue Reading
No Longer I Who Mother
Our strength, endurance, and joy can be daily and rigorously rooted in who Christ is for us and who we are in him.
When your children mature and become less dependent on you, and you start to feel useless, remember that in Christ you were created for good works before time began (Ephesians 2:10). God has important and necessary tasks for you in this new season. Those good works may have been more focused on your children for... Continue Reading
The Holy Love of God
Augustine of Hippo pointed out that the desire of every human heart is to experience a love that is transcendent.
The love of God is in a class by itself. It transcends our experience. Nevertheless, it is a love that He shares in part with us and expects us to manifest to each other. He grants to His people—insofar as is possible given the Creator-creature distinction—His holy love (Rom. 5:5). Long ago, Augustine of... Continue Reading
Pastor John MacArthur Responds To California’s Threats Of Imprisonment: ‘Bring It On’
Church attorneys argued in response to the letter that Newsom’s lockdown order violated half a dozen parts of the California State Constitution.
Grace Community Church received a cease and desist letter in August for holding in-person services banned under Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pandemic lockdown order. The letter threatened the church with $1,000 daily fines and MacArthur with imprisonment if the church did not comply. Grace Community Church Pastor John MacArthur fired back a response... Continue Reading
4 Qualities of God-Honoring Work
Because of the curse, your job may involve painful toil and yield little satisfaction. But you can glorify God where you are by your heart attitude.
Work that is truly Christian is work well done. Genesis 1 logs God’s commitment to excellence when it says, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Christians should always do good work. Christians ought to be the best workers wherever they are. They ought to have the... Continue Reading
If You Think God Is Wrong, You Can Never Be Right.
If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with “we cannot excuse or justify” what God has done, you are no longer doing Christian theology.
Christian theology takes it as axiomatic that God is good. He never does anything wrong. If your explanation of the conquest of Canaan begins with “we cannot excuse or justify” what God has done, you are no longer doing Christian theology. Your sources may be wrong. Your understanding of your sources may be wrong. You... Continue Reading
More than 500 Ethiopian Christians Killed In Targeted Attacks Since June
At least 500 Christians in Ethiopia have been murdered in the last two months by Islamists, according to a report by the Barnabas Fund.
Violence in Oromo has been ongoing since June 30, when popular Oromo singer and celebrity Hachallu Hundessa was shot dead in the capital. His murder revived long-standing tensions between Amhara and Oromo elites – the two largest people groups in the country. In the days following his death, 239 people were killed and more than... Continue Reading
Responding to Craig’s Critique On The Eternal Begotteness Of The Son
William Lane Craig argues against the eternal begotteness of the Son, however, eternal generation does not produce subordinationism, rather it guards against it
Orthodox theologians were able to maintain these distinctions by stressing two points: 1) Christians should use the language of “begotten” and “generation” because it reflects the teaching of the Bible, and 2) Divine generation must be sharply distinguished as radically different from human generation. When these points are carefully articulated, it allows for distinction between... Continue Reading
Not Enough Atoms in the Universe to Model Your Brain
Elon Musk is dedicated to developing a Body Machine Interface (BMI); specifically, implanting a computer connection into the human brain.
“Famously, there aren’t enough atoms in the universe to build a full model of what every cell is doing [in the brain]. It’s a theoretically intractable problem, you can’t even conceive of a computer large enough because there isn’t enough material in the universe to make it.” We sometimes feel overwhelmed at how small we... Continue Reading
3 Indications of Really Bad Leadership
To be a good leader, choose compassion over cruelty, clarity over chaos, and humility over self-consumption.
Leaders who are self-consumed are always bad leaders. They are not consumed with the mission but with themselves; thus, their decisions are always in their own self-interest and not in the interest of those they are designed to serve. Saul was consumed with himself. After defeating an army and disobeying God by keeping the choice... Continue Reading
‘Pastor, Why Aren’t You Preaching About What’s Happening?’ [Part 2]
In a world enamored with whatever seems most urgent, even Christians can lose sight of what’s truly important and lasting.
Undoubtedly, some in our church take our leadership’s lack of frequent and persistent addressing of current events as though we are just trying to avoid conflict, or that we are monks retreating from culture, or that we are ostriches with our heads in the sand. I don’t think such criticisms are valid. Really, we’re trying to... Continue Reading
The PCA At A Crossroads
Will the PCA remain Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission? Or will it embrace a progressive and confessionally dismissive agenda?
We are at a crossroads in the PCA. I believe that the next two years will reveal what path the denomination will choose. Will it choose the path of biblical and Reformed confessionalism, the way that strives to fulfill the Great Commission through the means that God Himself promised to bless for the salvation of... Continue Reading
How the Doctrine of Predestination Negates Egalitarianism
The system of Egalitarianism began in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve decided that they were equal with God and ate the forbidden fruit.
God is sovereign (and not equal with man), and this leaves us in a state of wonder and worship. It also gives us a tool to deal with political issues of the day. The church has failed to teach men to stand in silence and awe before a Holy God who works all things after... Continue Reading
How Everything Became About Race, Gender, and Identity
I think “Cynical Theories” will prove an important resource and rallying point for those who refuse to bow the knee to the ideology of race, gender, and identity.
Yet I am still convinced that Cynical Theories can and will prove an invaluable resource in better understanding the world as it is right now and in helping us understand why Social Justice cannot and will not provide justice and equality for everyone. For that reason it receives my recommendation. You can’t read the... Continue Reading
An Unholy Neck Song
A newly released song, “O Sacred Neck, Now Wounded,” is a takeoff of the hymn, “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded,” but focuses on the death of George Floyd.
At best, the song can be viewed as an awkward attempt to mingle glimpses of Christ’s suffering together with the death of Floyd, in order to point out the significance of the recent Minneapolis tragedy. At worst—and I will argue that this is in fact that case—the song does serious damage to the Name of... Continue Reading
As I Imitate Christ
Have you ever invited someone to imitate you as you imitate Christ?
The person who is diligent in imitating Christ will have faith in the Lord and repentance over sin that is evident. He will be committed to becoming more and more like Christ and will be unsatisfied with every shortcoming. Every serious Christian should find someone like that and seek to follow his or her example.... Continue Reading