What’s New about the New Commandment?
Vigorously pursue multiethnic relationships within the church of Jesus Christ, so that the beautiful love of Jesus among former “incompatibles” becomes un-ignorable.
Jesus paid for our unity by dying on the cross, thereby tearing down the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16) between Jews, Gentiles, and all other warring factions. He prayed for our unity just before his arrest, seeing it as a sign to the world that he came from God (John 17:23). He said our... Continue Reading
Preaching by Faith
"If you speak by the Holy Spirit, you cannot speak in vain." C.H. Spurgeon
Preachers are to preach by faith as Spurgeon says, expecting the lame to walk, the blind to see, the deaf to hear, and the dead to rise! With confidence in God blessing the means of preaching He has ordained, they are to call forth these actions with heavenly authority. From the pulpit and in... Continue Reading
20 Reflections from 20 Years as a Pastor
Don’t be too busy about the ministry that you neglect the One who has called you to the ministry.
Don’t think God needs you in the ministry. The truth is you need Him more than He needs you. His work can continue without your help. So be thankful to God if He is using you in the building up of His church. To be a minister is a great privilege from the Lord. Think... Continue Reading
William Carey: Keeping the Grand End in View
“A wretched, poor, and helpless worm, On thy kind arms I fall.” - William Carey's Tombstone
Studying church history this way allows the reader to see that the barometer of faithfulness in Christian ministry is judged not by what one may bring as an individual to the work of the kingdom, but rather what one contributes as a servant in the churches of the kingdom, whether known or in obscurity. If... Continue Reading
Christianity and Progress (Part Two)
Philosophically naïve, evangelicals go on their merry way thinking that because they preach from the Bible, they are not victims of the corrosive nature of consumerism.
We must not forget that the idea of Progress puts the best face on paganism by which the spirit of the age can seep into the church creating a poisonous ethos if vigilance is not maintained. We must not think that just because we still read our Bible and use Christian speak that we are... Continue Reading
The 2021 Southern Baptist Convention: What Just Happened?
Shrewd political operatives have successfully elected their candidate to lead the SBC for the next year.
It is time for Southern Baptist churches, led by God-fearing pastors, to show up, stand up, and speak up, and remind the elites and our erstwhile leaders that the seminaries, institutions, and agencies of the SBC belong to the churches. Those who lead them and work in them work for the churches. The trustees of... Continue Reading
Leading in Public Prayer
Public prayer is both a gift and a skill that can be developed and improved over time.
Spurgeon was once asked what he would do if forced to give up either the sermon or the pastoral prayer. His answer was the sermon would just have to go. Ministers might keep this priority in mind before they turn over the prayers of the church to others, even ruling elders, who by gifts and... Continue Reading
Infant Baptism and the Future of the Church
When we bring a child for baptism, we are watching, claiming, believing into the faith of Abraham and Jeremiah.
I believe that, unless Jesus comes back first (Lord, come quickly!), the next generation will be full of glorious stories of redemption. It will be full of stories of those united to Jesus Christ and washed in His blood. I believe that the church will suffer in ways that echo the longings of Abraham and... Continue Reading
Necessarily the pandemic and the various restriction we have been living under mean that many areas of service have been restricted.
Some of us we haven’t felt comfortable serving, and if we’re honest we’ve secretly enjoyed the rest. I wonder if that’s telling us something to us about overwork and managing workloads for those who serve going forward as a church, but that’s another post for another time. For now we need to recognise that many... Continue Reading
The Romans Road to Salvation
The word “gospel” literally means good news! The reason it’s good news is that there is bad news.
The question is often asked, how do I know if I’m saved? The simple answer is that if you have truly believed in Jesus Christ and put your faith in Him, God will transform you. The old ways of sin that you used to relish are going to fade, and the new life you live in... Continue Reading