Why the Problem of Evil Is Still a Problem
Adversaries assert God either can’t destroy or won’t destroy. If he can’t destroy it, then he’s not all powerful. If he won’t destroy it, then he’s not all good.
Skeptics find the problem of evil so repugnant and our solutions so hollow because they refuse to accept a fundamental reality that every Christian believes in: life after death. It’s an essential truth that’s part of a coherent Christian worldview. Because believers accept this truth, the solution to the problem of evil is palatable. But because skeptics reject this... Continue Reading
Pushing Back Against The Madness
The so-called anti-racism or critical race theory is the new religion of human resources offices, has captured the minds of the academy and has come into the church.
Professor Eberhardt impugns the integrity of every American (and every agency employee) of any ethnicity or creed, because she claims we’re all unconsciously racist. This is beyond the pale. I look forward to future recommendations on the important issue of race relations. I can only hope they do not follow the same theme of “if... Continue Reading
Arming Our Children Against Pornography
I’m thankful for all four of these books, and I hope that they will help many parents and elders in the urgent work of preparing our children for intense warfare against pornography.
Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr.: A Simple Plan to Protect Young Minds by Kristen A. Jenson, published by Glen Cove Press. This book is beautifully illustrated, and it features simple text in a big font, perfectly suited to young children. It teaches children a simple way to distinguish good pictures from bad pictures, and a... Continue Reading
The God Who Doesn’t Take Risks: The Comforting Doctrine of Providence
The ultimate value of the risk-free view of providence, apart from it being the most coherent and comprehensive account of the Scriptural revelation, is that it is pastorally beneficial.
Whatever Albert Einstein meant when he said “God does not play dice with the universe,” the believer can assert with even greater conviction (and gratitude) that his heavenly Father does not play dice with his people. Here is part of an account of an incident involving General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson’s chaplain, the Confederate officer,... Continue Reading
Is Your Christianity Merely a Means to a Social Justice End?
We don’t want to mold Christianity into our own making by using it “as a means to anything—even to social justice.”
We shouldn’t confuse [social justice], though, with the central mission of Jesus, which was to preach the truth (Mark 1:38) and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10) by becoming a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28). Sure, he healed the sick and performed many miraculous signs, but these were also intended to authenticate his main... Continue Reading
When Unanimity is the Enemy of Unity
Where in the greater matters unity is protected by unanimity, in lesser matters unity may be damaged by unanimity.
As a local church carries out its ministry, as it attempts to serve broken and messy people with all their complexities, as it attempts to navigate life in a hostile culture, it will inevitably be faced with areas in which leaders and members disagree among themselves. There will be different instincts, different impulses, different feelings,... Continue Reading
The “Vision” Behind the Great Commission
What does Jesus conquering the world have to do with taking the gospel to the ends of the earth?
The two most familiar New Testament passages about the Great Commission—Matthew 28 and Acts 1—share many unmistakable similarities with Daniel 7. For the sake of time, I will only be able to cover four similarities each Great Commission text shares with Daniel 7. But the final result will leave no doubt that Jesus’ victory at... Continue Reading
Scripture in Scripture
Reading the Old Testament with the Apostles
The New Testament authors quote, allude to, and interpret the Old Testament in a great variety of ways — and sometimes in ways that seem illegitimate to modern readers. But the apostles’ use of the Old Testament becomes clearer as we grasp the distinct practices and postures they brought to the Scriptures. Such practices and... Continue Reading
A Brief Critique of Critical Race Theory
Failure to renounce Critical Race Theory is a dereliction of duty.
Any Christian leader who understands CT/CRT/I & refuses to reject them is not a trustworthy guide in the battle that is currently raging within the church and culture. Anyone who promotes any of these ideologies is either too naive to be a leader or has become complicit with the enemy against Christ. There is no... Continue Reading
Trusting God in Times of Plenty
You cannot come until you see your poverty, turn away from your wickedness, and turn to God in trust.
Even so, one problem still remains for all of us: we are spiritually poor. In the end, even the richest person on earth, with access to the best doctors, multiple houses and other possessions, able to buy just about anything the mind can imagine, is born in spiritual poverty. These poor ones are the kind... Continue Reading
Blessed Are Those Who Mourn – Applications for Lacrimations
Brief thoughts about how to read and use the often-neglected book of Lamentations with pastoral profit.
Confess how little we engage in godly lamentation; pray that God would use this means of grace to mourn with Jesus’ own Spirit-filled, tearful, heart. Blessed are those that mourn – the LORD has comforted Zion. Introduction How valuable this book is – in this world of tears it is a veritable treasure trove: there... Continue Reading
What Makes a Man — or a Woman?
Our differences are not merely differences from each other, but are actually differences for each other.
God’s design in creation = nature. Expressed and clarified in the word of God = Scripture. Wise and prudent application = culture. God has built the world in a particular way, creating men and women for his mission, but doing so in a particular order and with a mutual dependence…Getting straight on these categories is... Continue Reading
Worship and Gender
God intends natural gender distinctions to be visible and obvious in the worshiping assembly.
The Word teaches that gender distinctions are important to our Creator, and especially so in public worship of the church. What reader of the Bible is actually surprised by this? We are told that God made man in His own image, male and female, placed them in a Garden and befriended them. With multi-faceted beauty and giftedness, they... Continue Reading
The Sword of the Lord
The Word of God is too sacred a thing, and preaching too solemn a work, to be toyed and played with.
Genuine Christianity is not simply a religion where men can make claims and change truths that are not backed up completely from God’s Word. Those who are truly God’s are accompanied by power and that power is found in God’s Word through the working of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. Therefore, those who preach... Continue Reading
Thinking Critically about Critical Race Theory
There’s a better alternative to Critical Race Theory—Christianity.
CRT’s whole framework is ethical. Oppression is wrong. But why is oppression wrong? Why does every black life matter? In a world without God, these “ethics” are nothing more than personal preferences, mere opinions. I suspect you’ve been a bit surprised—and maybe even confused—about the ongoing social chaos starting with George Floyd’s death. You’re... Continue Reading
Welfare, Tax Rules Keep Working-Class Americans From Marrying, Experts Say
New report shows 'marriage penalties' fall hardest on the poor.
These disincentives are likely part of the widening “marriage gap,” the increasing disparity in marriage rates between more and less affluent Americans. Research released Wednesday by the Institute for Family Studies found that 42 percent of “lower income” Americans ages 25-50 had never married, compared with 23 percent of “higher income” Americans. That gap has widened precipitously... Continue Reading
Why We Should Root Our Theology in Church History
Let's learn theology in community—not just local, and not just present.
Let’s learn and study theology in community with believers past as well as our current churches and present-day resources. We aren’t individual people running a race to eternal life; we’re a singular body seeking to carry one another to the finish line by the sustaining grace of God. Though some believers are already worshiping in... Continue Reading
Why Sex Education has so Successfully Increased Promiscuity, STDs, Abortion
Sex education, in essence, proceeds directly out of that assumption that children are entirely incapable of abstaining from sex outside marriage.
The nationalizing of childhood — a chilling idea that makes much sense. Give to the State and its education system the task of teaching children what to believe and which values to hold, and you’ve essentially co-opted the family structure. September 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — How did we get modern sex education — and... Continue Reading
Do Not Be Anxious
We must take to heart Jesus’ words to trust Him and live our lives here and now with our treasure in Heaven.
In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus tells us in His Sermon on the Mount that the way to salvation is not easy nor is it easy to find. In fact, the religious way that is made easy leads to destruction. Those who are saved are those who find the narrow gate that is hard to enter because... Continue Reading
Joshua Janavel and the Plight of the Waldensians
These details included reminders to stay repentant and prayerful, to always begin by humbly taking their requests to the governing authorities, and to take arms only when absolutely necessary.
In 1685, with the Edict of Fontainebleau, the French government placed new restrictions on the Huguenots, and the new duke of Savoy, Victor Amadeus II, decided to follow suit. He banned Waldensian pastors, forbade their public worship and forced parents to give their children a Roman Catholic baptism. When the Waldensians rebelled, many were again... Continue Reading
Are You Willing to Surrender?
Surrendering to ministry includes a determination to follow God’s call wherever it may lead.
Surrendering to ministry rightly establishes the pastor’s motivation. After all, the pastor’s incentive should not be material gain, the applause of men, or any other earthly enticement. Rather, the preacher should, like the apostle Paul, know in his heart, “If I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion;... Continue Reading
Stress in the Body
Take your eyes off the waves of dissatisfaction, look to Jesus, and go out of your way to love one another.
It is easy for a group of believers to experience stability for so long that their eyes begin to look more to the body’s health and benefits than their Savior. When the manifestation of stress begins to show in the congregation, we begin to realize, even as a church, we all still have a chronic... Continue Reading
Thoughts on Empathy and the Love of God
Empathy points to something that only originates in God: love.
Empathy can be exhausting; caring endlessly about the feelings of others can leave us feeling drained and swallowed up. The only way our culture can counteract these concerns about empathy is to talk about boundaries, and the need to know how to have appropriate ones with others. This value of empathy has no foundation of its... Continue Reading
Psalm 42-43: I have Confidence in…
Are you downcast today? Take heart! Your redeemer lives.
I thought of the song “I Have Confidence,” from The Sound of Music, where Julie Andrews declares: “I have confidence in confidence alone; besides which you see I have confidence in me!” In the comment section of the YouTube video, someone wrote, “I sing this when I’m having a bad day.” But this is not the... Continue Reading
The Captor Listens to the Captive
May we see our desperate estate of sin and misery and listen to the one the world despised, rejected, and killed, even Jesus Christ whom God raised from the dead.
In Jesus’s day Israel sent the lepers away; no one would go near them. They were unclean and could not be helped. The lepers knew their time was short and they would soon perish in misery. So when Jesus came preaching repentance and the kingdom of God with great power and healing, the lepers put... Continue Reading
Christians And Those In Authority
We must carefully seek God’s wisdom in every matter before we open our mouth.
The wise man trusts in the Lord, not in human leaders whose plans are finite and often futile. Even those leaders who trust in God and seek to follow Him are fallible and can lead you astray. Yet God tells us that our human leaders have authority from Him. Godly leaders will probably at least... Continue Reading
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