The Impact of Syntax
Theology is not said to be breathed-out by God. Context is not said to be breathed-out by God. Only the graphe, the actual writings, are declared to be breathed-out by God.
Syntax doesn’t always settle-in on the first reading. I read Romans 46 times in a row (not in one day!) before I ever looked at a commentary. Why? I wanted the syntax ingrained in my consciousness before I looked elsewhere. Once I read the commentaries, it became obvious to me which ones had taken the... Continue Reading
The Power and Pitfalls of Nostalgia
Our local churches are at their best when they are shaped by this sense of hope and eschatological anticipation.
If your organization sends the signal that its best days are in the past, even if inadvertently, don’t be surprised that your most creative team members grow frustrated, disillusioned, and eventually just leave. Furthermore, unmitigated nostalgia—the kind that is never interrogated—will suggest that the challenges and opportunities of the present are reflections of declension, of... Continue Reading
ARP Pastor Steve Richardson Faces Possible Imprisonment For Conducting Church Services
Ontario ARP minister charged with allowing worship services with more than 10 people.
The Rev. Steve Richardson, pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church, of the Associate Presbyterian Church [ARP], in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada, was previously fined $850 on January 3, 2021 for breaking an emergency powers order concerning the Covid-19 Public Health Act. Subsequent to that fine, Richardson and his congregation continued to meet for worship services with more... Continue Reading
Greenville Seminary Will Oversee Publishing ‘The Confessional Presbyterian Journal’
As of March 2021, the Seminary has assumed all responsibilities for publishing the Journal while also retaining the services of longtime General Editor Mr. Chris Coldwell
The Confessional Presbyterian Journal is currently in its 16th year of publication, with the 17th volume slated to come out later this year. The Seminary is committed to perpetuate the Journal with content derived from a spectrum of confessional Reformed and Presbyterian denominations. The Confessional Presbyterian Journal and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary are pleased to announce a... Continue Reading
How a Sermon on Hell Lifted my Soul
Let the people know the deepest depths of God’s wrath so they can understand the highest heights of his mercy.
Weak preaching on the wrath of God equals weak preaching on the on the cross of Christ, and weak preaching of the cross leaves the convicted sinner wondering if he can find salvation. I walked out of that gathering with joy in my heart. God had lifted my head through his word. I knew what... Continue Reading
Diotrephes and the Fracturing of the Church
Big sins have slain a thousand churches and little sins have slain ten thousand.
Those who do the most harm to the church aren’t always those who fall from grace in an extravagant display of immorality, or those who come preaching another gospel. But often the worst fracturing is done by arrogance, wicked speech, and divisiveness slowly seeping into the fellowship of the church and breaking it apart. ... Continue Reading
How Thomas Cranmer Helped Shape Particular Baptist Piety
One key fruit of Cranmer's Bible-reading, Bible-loving Reformed church was Puritanism, and from thence, the Calvinistic Baptist movement.
Cranmer’s stress in this Collect is a major aspect of his thinking about Holy Scripture, namely its utterly vital importance as a touchstone of truth and wisdom as well as its unique usefulness as a means of grace. Here those who came to worship in the Reformed Church of England were being invited to learn... Continue Reading
Covenant Renewal in Corporate Worship
Everything about the service is chosen to form and nurture our relationship with God...We need to view every part of the service this way.
The climax of this covenant renewal worship is communion around the Lord’s Table. Throughout Scripture (and, indeed, history), the ultimate expression of free and open access is being invited to sit at the table. This is illustrated throughout the Old Testament, it is pictured with the Table of Showbread in the Temple, and it is... Continue Reading
An Appeal to Churches to Use Bibles
Whether the Bible is under your arm or on your tablet or phone, it must be used.
Without turning back to a visible and rigorous commitment to the Bible, churches will continue to lead the way in moral decline, giving credence to all kinds of errant and ungodly ideas. Why are some churches, for instance, on the vanguard for what the Bible describes as sinful sexual orientation and practice and places all... Continue Reading
Forming Evangelical Pastors: Theological Education from the Margins
We have no way of knowing where the cultural tides are pulling us, but it does seem clear that we are inhabiting a vastly different cultural context than the one in which the M.Div. was forged.
Christian nationalism—whether from the right or the left—represents a Faustian bargain. It may offer a quick fix of power, reassurance, or apparent victory, but the devil always comes to collect. In the end, what is surrendered is infinitely more costly. We must not turn our churches into social clubs that simply echo secular culture, to... Continue Reading