God Does Not Need You…and That’s Good News!

What good news it is, then, that the gospel depends on a God who does not depend on us.

God is incommensurable, incapable of being measured by the same standards of our human existence. Unlike everything in this world, his existence is not grounded in, derived from, or contingent on something or someone else. No one brought him into being, nor is he dependent on something or someone else to continue being.   What... Continue Reading

Yes, the Social Justice Movement Is a Threat to Evangelicals

There is enough evidence of influence from godless ideologies on evangelical teachers and entities to warrant concern.

Godless ideologies are running rampant in our culture. They are also making inroads into some of our evangelical churches and institutions. If we do not open our eyes and address it, it will get worse. Failure to recognize this is naïveté in the extreme. Recognizing it and failing to address it is dereliction of duty.... Continue Reading

Why the PCA Should Vote to Amend BCO 42-4 and BCO 43-3

Presbyteries urged to vote to amend BCO 42-4 and BCO 43-3.

The reason we need to adopt this proposed BCO amendment has to do with two different notifications that are ambiguously discussed in these sections of the BCO. Without clarification, these sections seems to state that the notices of appeals or complaints may be sent by e-mail or facsimile. In fact, this is not authorized in... Continue Reading

The Fear-Driven Life

Lessons from Genesis 12 on God's Most Frequent Command

The fear-driven life is self-centered. It doesn’t see the union we have in Christ, and therefore the perfect security we have in God. It sees only what it stands to lose—not what it has already gained!   Do you know what the most frequent command in the Bible is? It’s not “love one another.” It’s... Continue Reading

My Only Comfort

When you stare death in the face, that is when you remember the power of the resurrection.

When you look death right in the face, when your loved ones go through trials like this one, you learn to say things like this: What is thy only comfort in life and in death? That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own but belong to my... Continue Reading

Duke University Rejects Young Life Group Over Christian Beliefs

The reason: Young Life's stance on sexuality.

The decision at Duke is not the first time Christian groups have been sidelined on college campuses because they ran afoul of some so-called non-discrimination rule they must follow in order to have the same benefits as other groups.   The Duke University Student Government Senate has voted unanimously to reject the Christian group, Young... Continue Reading

No Greater Place

Devotional Thoughts from Psalm 84

Charles Spurgeon introduced his thoughts on the psalm in this way: “If the twenty-third be the most popular, the one-hundred- and-third the most joyful, the one-hundred-and-nineteenth the most deeply experimental, the fifty-first the most plaintive, this is one of the most sweet of the Psalms of peace” (from The Treasury of David).   Psalm 84... Continue Reading

Little Greek Gems: Confidence in Prayer–Ephesians 1:18

Is Paul praying for the Ephesian believers that the “eyes of their hearts” would be opened for the purpose that might be able to understand OR is he praying confidently for something, knowing that the eyes of their hearts have already been enlightened?   I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be... Continue Reading

Book Review: “Beyond Authority and Submission,” by Rachel Green Miller

It is evident that Mrs. Miller defines men and women as substantially equivalent and that the “co-laboring” she sees in Scripture is a partnership of ontological equals.

Because Mrs. Miller has neglected to deal with the relevant ontology, the thesis of her book is unproven and hence fails. However much we may agree on the equality of men and women as images of God, as fallen, and as redeemed in Christ, that does not remove the stubborn reality of ontological differences. At... Continue Reading

The Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting

That has been the consistent teaching of Christianity for the past two thousand years—but somehow we’ve lost sight of it.

Because you will die, you need this hope. We may not think we need this hope now when we’re relatively healthy. But remember: one day you will die. Christianity prepares you for this day and gives you hope even when you face your greatest enemy, which is death.   Earlier this year I attended the... Continue Reading