The Cracks in the Edifice of Transgender Totalitarianism

The transgender revolution is happening without any credible scientific evidence to support it. The concept of changing one’s biological sex is nonsense, as sex is determined by unalterable chromosomes.

The transgender castle that radicals have constructed by sheer force of will is built on shifting sand without supports of any kind. The wave that will sweep it away is gaining strength. May the time come soon when we will all say, with observers of past hysterias, “How could we have believed that?”   “What... Continue Reading

Papal Paganism’s Kiss of Death

Pope Francis is walking away from most forms of historic Roman Catholicism, taking countless followers with him.

I use the word apostasy deliberately. Apostasy means a complete “standing away from,” an abandonment of essential truth. In three areas, the Pope is leading the Catholic Church into areas of doctrinal and practical heresy that go far beyond any they have promulgated in previous history—in the areas of homosexuality, of interfaith relations with Islam,... Continue Reading

Five Bad Reasons to Go to Church

Why do we even go to church at all? To worship God? To be entertained? To have all of our preferences met?

Jesus reminds the Israelites that they went to the wilderness to hear John speak. They did not sit in plush auditoriums with fresh brewed coffee to hear God’s word at their convenience. They were willing to endure discomfort to hear from God. Would we go into the wilderness, sit in uncomfortable chairs, suffer through less than professional... Continue Reading

Is It Bigoted Not to Date Someone Who Is Transgendered?

Sex has to do with nature, and nature always asserts itself and eventually wins out.

Researchers Karen L. Blair and Rhea Ashley Hoskin published their findings in an article Transgender exclusion from the world of dating: Patterns of acceptance and rejection of hypothetical trans dating partners as a function of sexual and gender identity published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.  They asked nearly a thousand participants, in the words... Continue Reading

Gay Christian?

To accept another name for ourselves other than “image of God” is to seek to redefine reality, setting boundaries and developing a culture that is in opposition to our creation.

Names tells us who we are. They tell us our cultural boundaries at macro and micro levels. As humans (or “man”) our name is “image of God.” That name sets the boundaries of our relationship to God, to one another, and the world around us. “Image of God” establishes the God-ordained culture in which we... Continue Reading

Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and Her Christian Plays

Hrotsvit lived at the time when the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great (912-973) aspired to bring about a cultural renaissance in Saxony.

Of all the ancient writers, she particularly liked Terence. She loved his wit and eloquent style, but had some problems with his overall message. Christianity had drastically changed the world by restoring dignity to all human beings as made in the image of God, and by emphasizing humility, compassion, and self-sacrifice. Why couldn’t there be... Continue Reading

How Expository Preaching Helps Set the Churches Agenda

Sometimes, I’d rather preach something different. But I don’t.

I believe it is absolutely vital that the Spirit of God direct the church. I want the Lord to set the agenda and not myself or anyone else. I believe going through books at a time will do this. No matter how much I think I know a text and what I’ll be preaching on... Continue Reading

The Allure of Whatever Makes My Life Easier

Guilt has a nasty habit of not making my life easier.

If I serve in something that is easy enough for me, that I can put in my diary and then tell myself I have fulfilled my service duties, I can keep my guilt at bay. So I serve, and am happy to do so, because it stops me feeling guilty that I’m not. But what... Continue Reading

Actions Of The Forty-Seventh General Assembly Of The Presbyterian Church In America

The Stated Clerk’s report of the 47th PCA General Assembly that met in Dallas June 25-28, 2019.

The Forty-seventh General Assembly of the PCA met in Dallas, Texas, in shortened format, convening Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and adjourning Friday before noon. A total of 1,616 commissioners (1209 Teaching Elders and 407 Ruling Elders) registered, representing 827 churches from all 88 presbyteries. The theme of the Assembly, hosted by North Texas Presbytery, was... Continue Reading

“Such Were Some of You” and How We Use Scripture

Interacting with the use of 1 Corinthians 6:11a within the debate at the 2019 PCA General Assembly.

Five points can be stated from this passage. First, Paul is not talking about people who are tempted to these sins, but those who are identified by these sins because they practice these sins. Second, the church is to remove those who are identified by their practice of such sins from their midst. Third, the... Continue Reading

Why Churches Should Ditch The Projector Screens And Bring Back Hymnals

Christians need to understand that relying on screens and other technology is not leading to better worship, it’s ruining it.

Perhaps we no longer hear about the worship debate because everyone is simply tired of fighting. Positions have calcified. No matter how well-intentioned, few minds are being changed. Bringing up the subject only tears open wounds that haven’t quite healed.   A couple of decades ago, churches split in a grand debate over worship. Contentious... Continue Reading

Grumpy Old Men, “A Ministry Of Condemnation,” And The Church

In my years as a pastor, I have been shocked over how much antipathy there has been toward the visible church.

The sad reality is that many people have witnessed fighting, church splits, abuses, hatred, contentions, jealousies, all undergirded by a hard kind of legalism within the confines of a closed community that demonstrates little of the joy of Christ.  What are we to think of these things? Are there legitimate criticisms of Reformed theology, piety, and... Continue Reading

Academics Questioning “Rationality” & “Reason”

The case against reason and rationality will be presented in the form of arguments that give reasons for these beliefs.

“There is a widespread skepticism about many sorts of knowledge claims today, and this skepticism has been promoted from both the right and the left. The skepticism is largely based on the realization that knowledge is always connected to power. But there is uncertainty about what follows from this: is it still ‘knowledge’?”   Postmodernists... Continue Reading

The Legalist’s Final Rest

Six Reasons to Read Galatians Again

My discovery of the spiritual riches in Galatians came at the end of a long road. For more than a decade, I tried to follow Jesus by “rededicating” my life to him over and over and over again, maybe two hundred times. I was converted at age 10 and was fortunate to grow up in... Continue Reading

A Short Review of Collins’ and Bilge’s Intersectionality

The concept of ‘intersectionality’ states that people are complex and can’t be understood as the sum of their identity markers.

“Intersectionality is a way of understanding and analyzing the complexity in the world, in people, and in human experiences. The events and conditions of social and political life and the self can seldom be understood as shaped by one factor. They are generally shaped by many factors in diverse and mutually influencing ways. When it... Continue Reading

The Lamb of God and the Atonement

God is very precise. He is perfect and He has given us His Word, which contains His revelation for His Church.

The Jews were very familiar with the sacrificial system in which a lamb was offered as a blood sacrifice. His reference of the Lord Jesus as God’s Lamb was speaking of His being sacrificed on the Cross to atone for the sins of the world.   29 The next day he *saw Jesus coming to... Continue Reading

A Short History of “Emotion”

Contemporary Evangelicals tend to conflate the concepts of affection and emotion. To do so is very dangerous.

In the premodern Christian tradition, love as an affection could therefore be appropriate or inappropriate, since love could be rightly or wrongly directed. The object of desire determined if it was right to desire such a thing, and necessarily dictated the moral quality of the affection. This changed in the 1700s. In eighteenth-century Germany, a third... Continue Reading

How to Survive an Intense Season of Ministry

This wasn’t just being busy; this was a series of simultaneous responsibilities with a major price tag, and a lot of grieving people. 

I’m writing this because that season feels like it’s over.  There was a sense of overlapping, simultaneous tragedies, where wherever we turned, all we could see was someone crying.  This morning, it feels that life has moved back into a more normal season, where pastoral issues come singly. They will come again, but probably not... Continue Reading

What A Wonderful Word – Psalm 19

If the Holy Scriptures are a scalpel to cut, they are also balm to cure, light to lead to Christ, and power to mend the gait till the reader walks right paths.

It is a wonderful thing to delight in the glory of Natural Revelation, and to linger on the sweetness of Special Revelation – however, to know we have gained the intended spiritual benefit from a sermon, reading or mediation on truth, it is vital that we ask ‘Has there been something of this inward, transforming,... Continue Reading

3 Ways to Work Through Grief

In this lifetime grief will always be a reality, but God promises it won’t always be this way.

In the church, Christians have a community to support them as they mourn and grieve. The Bible calls Christians to “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15).  When the body of Christ weeps for one another, the stage is set for genuine Christian encouragement. True Christian encouragement is not an energetic pep talk or a... Continue Reading

Repentance and Salvation

Repentance is necessary for the forgiveness of sins.

To teach that repentance follows justification and pardon is to teach contrary to the language and meaning of Scripture.  It is to teach that we can and should expect pardon without repentance because we are pardoned before (logically or temporally) repentance.  It is to teach a form of carnal Christianity because impenitent sinners are justified... Continue Reading

When We Want to Give Up Waiting

Don’t settle for what is humanly possible; wait for what only God can do.

What is happening in our waiting? Is it just an empty space between our prayers and their fulfillment? No, in our waiting, God does his deepest work. God is sanctifying us and teaching us to trust him. Sometimes we get what we are waiting for, and we rejoice and are grateful. Other times, we never see... Continue Reading

Expository Thoughts: Philippians 1v18-25 – the Best Gospel Minsters Are Those Who Really Want to Be Somewhere Else

Rather than finding our identity in our ministry, and our value in our uselessness to others, we need to ensure that we find our identity in Christ alone.

Paul tells the Philippians that he wants to die but is willing to stay and serve, to enable them to progress in joy and faith (v25). I suspect that this is the opposite attitude to life and ministry of most of us. Paul wanted to die but was willing to stay and serve. I fear... Continue Reading

Why Do We Need Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms?

Creeds, confessions, and catechisms, then, are vital for upholding, teaching, defending, and maintaining the word of God.

The creeds, confessions, and catechisms of the church form the core curriculum for teaching Christians the faith. Catechesis is a word that simply means teaching. Catechisms, however, are usually a specific format of teaching through questions and answers. Children learn catechisms at an age where memorization is easy. Later in life, when young people ask lots... Continue Reading

Pastoring and the Art of Balance

Enter the pulpit or classroom with the fear of God in your heart, and leave as one humbled under the majesty of the Word.

The church has many ministries that address the social or physical needs of people, but it must remember that its core calling is the ministry of the Word. God entrusted to the church this unique gift: his special revelation in its authority, clarity, necessity, unity in Christ, efficacy, inerrant veracity, and sufficiency. Like the apostles,... Continue Reading

The Precious Power of the Blood: Five Benefits Christ Purchased for You

It is fitting to sing of his blood and, in doing so, celebrate all the riches represented by it.

Our sin and rebellion against God has put distance between us and him. In his old-covenant grace, he drew near to his covenant people called Israel. But now, in the new covenant, he draws near not to a particular ethnic people, but to all who receive his Son in faith, no matter who they are... Continue Reading

Does Your Church Truly Care for True Widows?

We look for people we can love and serve before, during, and after our services. But what about the other six-and-a-half days of the week?

Today many people, including widows, are financially wealthy but relationally impoverished. There is a great plague of loneliness in society in general and among the elderly in particular. The church has the opportunity and even the duty to provide for that relational need and many other needs among its members who are elderly or alone.... Continue Reading

Tried with Fire: Consider It All Joy

God has constantly placed His people in impossible situations, asking them to believe Him. He does the same with us.

We experience the discomfort of either a deficiency or a danger. We encounter a trial. When that trial comes, it gives us the opportunity to persist in believing God, often in spite of our circumstances. The trial is a chance to endure, and our endurance matters to God. We are most truly God’s people when we... Continue Reading

The Roots of Political Correctness

Political correctness must be defeated the moment it is expressed.

Over the last thirty years, political correctness has metastasized. Today, so many politically-correct assumptions have become mainstream that, as Tocqueville once predicted, they have narrowed our questions and our ability to question rather than actually tell us the exact answers to things. Is there a solution? Of course, but it will take immense time and work.... Continue Reading

Messy Church History: Keepin’ Us Honest

Despite this messiness, the believer remembers that Christ is building his church and that church will not remain messy forever.

Church history is messy because of the fact that God uses fallen humanity to advance his kingdom. Church history is messy because the world’s history intersects with the church’s. Church history is messy because we cannot consider all unforeseen consequences of decisions and choices. Church history is messy because theology has a people-story connectedness. Church... Continue Reading