Racism & Redemption
Racism is contrary to redemption.
The Father has children, beloved in elect Christ before the foundation of the world, who speak with different sounds from ours: if God-blood marks their forehead, then, on our part, it is ignorance and shame which leads us to despise them. Humility before men is the vocation to which we’ve been called – not to... Continue Reading
When Our Own Understanding Fails
Desperation to understand how and why God can bring good for His children out of loss and heartache is what made reading Psalm 131 so uncomfortable.
I don’t understand a lot of things. Some mornings I still wake up with a defensive spirit and an arrogant heart, but then I recall the words of Psalm 131, and rather than praying for immediate answers, I pray for a soul like that of the Psalmist. A heart not lifted up. Eyes not raised... Continue Reading
The Peace of Christ or a Dead Calm?
If you find yourself unconcerned with your spiritual state before the Lord, but there is no joy in Christ Jesus, you may be experiencing the ease of a deceitful heart.
None of us are without sin. It is time for all of us to draw up under the wings of our Savior, and find joy in our salvation as the Holy Spirit works in our hearts. The revived joy will make the things of God more precious to us than anything this world can offer,... Continue Reading
Christians Aren’t Allowed to Cancel Anyone
If you’ve been cancelled, come to church. The church can’t cancel you.
It takes supernatural aid to get over the compulsion first to cancel God, and then to cancel all the rest of one’s fellow creatures. The only person none of us is willing to cancel is ourselves. And so we are divided from each other, isolated, tearing the world apart in every kind of way. ... Continue Reading
The Key to Contentment
Jesus is enough.
Have we misunderstood contentment, thinking that it means getting the things we think will make us happy? In pursuit of false contentment, might we actually treat God like a sort of genie—like Jeremiah’s contemporaries who practiced religion so that they could have plenty of food, be well-off, and see no trouble (Jer. 44:17)? How... Continue Reading
Gospel Unity or Black Lives Matter
Seeing one another from God's perspective.
In Christ, and only in Christ, are all relationships healed. We must go to the One who is the fount of all blessing and find our healing in Him. We must firmly and decisively take our stand upon His Word. As a pastor, I am for unity. It is part and parcel of the... Continue Reading
A Free People’s Suicide?
The End of Law and Order in the West
The rule of law, reason and rationality have been replaced by the rule of the mob and who shouts loudest on social media. All aided and abetted by governments, police and media. Last weekend there was a society changing event in Sydney (similar events happened in London, Glasgow, New York and many other cities).... Continue Reading
The Mystery of Answered Prayer
Sometimes we don’t recognize God’s answers to our prayers because we look for correspondence.
God answers our prayers but often in ways different or even contrary to our machinations. We do not have access to the secret will of His workings. We don’t know when His answer starts or finishes, where it winds its way, what things it carries in its wake. But we do know that God hears... Continue Reading
What if Marriage Isn’t Making Me as Holy as I Had Hoped?
We need to remind ourselves that our pursuit of holiness on this earth, while genuine and meaningful, is only ever a limited pursuit.
Our pursuits of holiness, whether our own or our spouse’s, are only ever incomplete pursuits. They are real and meaningful, but necessarily limited by the harsh reality that there is no perfection to be had on this side of the grave. He told me he knew that marriage was designed not to make him... Continue Reading
The Supreme Court’s Mistaken and Misguided Sex Discrimination Ruling
Gorsuch argues that whenever sex is a “but-for” cause of a negative employment decision, sex discrimination has occurred.
Gorsuch’s position would either require the elimination of all sex-specific programs and facilities or allow access based on an individual’s subjective identity rather than his or her objective biology. It is telling that Gorsuch is evasive about which of these outcomes is required by his theory. Justice Neil Gorsuch’s majority opinion claims to apply... Continue Reading