Discipleship: More Than Data Transmission
In order to cultivate holy living, we must concern ourselves with nurturing moral virtue.
Understanding that discipleship begins with evangelism but involves more, the question remains as to how Christians are shaped as disciples. Certainly much of what is involved with such Christian sanctification is coming to know more truth. Without a proper set of beliefs, one will not behave in a manner worthy of Christ. An... Continue Reading
The Evangelical Church’s Confused Witness on Race: Part 1
The declaration of inherent white racism coming out of today’s “evangelical” church does not provide a good foundation for the church’s witness of the gospel to the millions of confused, unbelieving Americans.
It seems that the PCA leaders justify the protests because of “the evils of personal and systemic racism in our country, our church, and our own hearts.” While their statement does not put the terms ‘white’ and ‘privilege’ together or directly blame whites for their inherent racism, the PCA leaders words of repentance appear to... Continue Reading
Preaching: The Weight of Revelation
A godly preacher does no more and no less than reading Scripture and bringing it to bear on his listeners.
The Biblical preacher recites the revelation of God; he reads the Scriptures aloud to his listeners. The Biblical preacher then proceeds to bring the weight of that revelation to bear on his listeners. In light of what God has said, here is how we respond. In one sense, it really is that simple and uncomplicated. ... Continue Reading
The Pastor We All Want
What Sets Good Shepherds Apart
We believe God changes hearts, and behavior. He gives his Spirit. He works in and through us to progressively conform us to the image of his Son. We expect more of officers in the church, and we should. And as officers in the church, we not only take up the mantle of leadership with sobriety,... Continue Reading
Worshipping By Faith, Not By Sight
We always gather with an unseen host—thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.
No longer the minister trying to imagine an unseen congregation (trusting they’ve all tuned in!) and thinking his way round their faces as he preaches to a camera. No more of not seeing those who worship with us. Or maybe not. For many of us—depending on where you are—either you have been or you soon... Continue Reading
The Search for Christian Authenticity
We ought to assess what is taught and what is practised according to the measure God has given us, namely the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Looking for an authentic experience of God is a worthwhile pursuit. Indeed, is it not the highest and most rewarding of goals? This is however only successful when we encounter the Christ of Scripture, who is the living, reigning, saving, and judging, God over all things. I first came across Gregorian Chants when... Continue Reading
Tis the Season to Assume
We will battle issues of the conscience as described in Romans 14. Only it won’t be over food and drink. Instead it will be over things like masks or no masks.
Over the next few months, many of us will take dips in pools and head to lakes, rivers or any other body of water that we can swim in…but I also fear we are going to be prone to swim in the waters of assumption and judgments this summer, too. And the currents found in... Continue Reading
Expect Great Things. Attempt Great Things.
Perhaps more loudly and consequential than the sermons these men preached were the sermons they lived.
It was a small step, but it was the step that was needed to make Fuller and Carey’s sermons a reality. These two sermons were able to provide the foundation for the organizing of the Baptist Missionary Society. According to historian Christopher Smith, “Nothing less than a grand, God-glorifying, mission-oriented ‘theology of hope’ was entrusted... Continue Reading
Racism in the PCA
The PCA has published a statement that is nothing less than kneeling before the golden statue of Critical Theory.
Since there are several layers to this statement as a performative speech act, this article will not be able to handle all of them. The nature of discourse in our country is laden with propaganda and propagandizing speech acts. The nature of a speech act is not located in the meaning of the propositions used... Continue Reading
Scripture Has a Theological Context
Pastoral theology then cannot stop at teaching Scripture within its historical context.
Many people think of God as “greater” than us but on our scale of being today. It is a problem, but the real issue lies with how we talk about God from the Bible. If history is our only context when we interpret Scripture (and not theology/metaphysics), then it is evident that we will only... Continue Reading