Rightly Handling the Word of Truth

The superficiality of the Compromised Church is manifest most tragically in how it’s ministers treat the Word of God.

Since few ministers are Bible scholars, they do not know their Bibles, therefore, they use them as if they are nothing more than the user’s manual that came with the monitor on their computer. They never dig into it so the Holy Spirit can break through their calloused hearts with the pure truth from God.... Continue Reading

The Spiritual Activity of Community

Christian community gathers regularly for the purpose of mutual spiritual edification to strengthen one another in the life faith.

We have a duty, as the people of God, to stir one another up in love and good works, exhorting one another to that end, and the context in which we do that is our assembling together. The primary assembling for this purpose is undoubtedly public worship, but it’s not limited, or exclusive to public... Continue Reading

5 Ways to Pray for Your Pastor in 2020

The people of God should pray that ministers would have Spirit-wrought boldness.

One of the most pressing needs for a minister of the gospel is that he would be given the necessary wisdom to counsel, to know when to confront, to mediate, and to discern the particular pastoral needs of a congregation. This is an all-encompassing and recurring need. The minister is daily faced with particular challenges... Continue Reading

The PCA’s Grace Presbytery Rejects the Concept of “Celibate Gay Pastor”

The Presbytery voted to “prevent the proliferation of Teaching Elders publicly identifying themselves with a ‘gay identity’.”

“Grace Presbytery believes the concept of “Celibate Gay Pastor” to be contrary to the teaching of Scripture and the constitutional standards of the Presbyterian Church in America, and that the churches of Grace Presbytery should not presume to think that candidates for our pulpits who identify themselves in this (or similar ways) will be approved... Continue Reading

Leading the Church While Leading Your Family

Can we really be effective pastors and good husbands and dads?

Serving the church is not merely a job; it is an all-consuming responsibility that can threaten a family. The emergency hospital trips and the frantic calls from a heartbroken spouse never come when you are sitting at home, caught up on your to-do list, bored stiff, and hoping for a crisis to break the monotony.... Continue Reading

World Reformed Fellowship Theological Commission: Statement of Reformed Theological Identity

WRF’s statement that aims to offer a wider answer to the question ‘What does it mean to be Reformed?’

This ‘Statement of Reformed Theological Identity’ stands alongside the [World Reformed Fellowship] ‘Statement of Faith’.  It does not seek to define again the doctrinal content of Reformed theology, as expressed in the Statement of Faith.  Rather, it aims to offer a wider answer to the question ‘What does it mean to be Reformed?’  It looks... Continue Reading

Documentary Unpacks How Identity Politics Is Affecting Southern Baptist Theology

This Founders Ministries documentary clarifies the terms of the critical theory debate, offering a way forward for reconciliation among those who bear the name Christian.

“If I were going to design a plan to bring the whole thing down, all of Christendom, how would you do it? Make ‘em ‘woke.’ It will eat itself from the inside. If I were the old-school angry atheist … I’d start making ‘woke’ pastors,” contended Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay, co-founders of New Discourses... Continue Reading

Still Looking for That Better Country

I can't put my hope in a country--even the richest, most powerful country in the world.

As much as I love living overseas, there’s a part of me that aches for permanency, normalcy, security. They are feelings I have stuffed down and suppressed for most of my adult life. Now that there’s a possibility of fulfilling them, they have risen to the surface. I never realized how much I longed for... Continue Reading

Spontaneous Compassion

I know firsthand what a blessing it is to have Christian brothers and sisters who serve as the hands of Jesus Christ, carrying the burden and lifting the load.

At Church in the Canyon, we affect one another spiritually by what we are and do individually. Therefore, if we care anything about Christ, who is the head of the body, and other Christians — the rest of the body — we simply must move beyond our comfort zones to compassionately meet needs.   Bureaucracies... Continue Reading

Trumpeters of Mercy

Why can't Christians and churches just love without the need to be seen?

The Lord Jesus gave very specific instruction on how mercy ministry was to be conducted by the church. In Matthew 6:1-4, Jesus says, “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a... Continue Reading