When Was the Last Time You Prayed for the Worship Service?

When we read Psalm 95 and Psalm 96, we see language that demands God’s people to take seriously the gathering for public worship.

God not only expects his people to worship him in private settings, individually and within family circles—but he expects us to worship him publicly with the gathered church. On the Lord’s Day, we are to worship him in spirit and truth through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-4:5; Acts 2:42), praise... Continue Reading

Principles for Discipling Younger Men

As God blesses your ministry in maturing the church, it may snowball into something greater than you anticipated.

Paul returned to Lystra in Acts 16:1–2 to strengthen the church that he had planted (cf. Acts 15:41). His faithfulness over time yielded an opportunity to see that some of the disciples had matured, and for Timothy in particular, to the point of being responsible enough to join his missionary endeavors.   Note: This is... Continue Reading

The Churchly Authority of the Office of Deacon: Part 1 – Acts 6, Elders, and Deacons

The churchly authority of the office of deacon is a specific subset of the authority of the office of elder; it does have a specific kind of authority in the church.

The churchly authority of the office of deacon is a specific subset of the churchly authority of the office of elder. We have now the first piece of the puzzle for us to begin to see how, contrary to many arguments which have tried to evacuate the office of deacon of any sort of authority... Continue Reading

Westminster Seminary, The Church, And Public Communications

In our public communications, Westminster seeks to honor those inside and outside our community. Our aim is to foster peace and purity in the church.

In our public communications, Westminster seeks to honor those inside and outside our community. Our aim is to foster peace and purity in the church. We are aware that speculation and, at times, even false allegations and misrepresentation of facts will occur. In this online age, this will unfortunately always be the case. A public... Continue Reading

Jones and the Stones

Surely the most charitable must wonder why Dr. Jones is wasting her life on something that is to her so trivial.

Years ago, I commented elsewhere on how Christian liberalism, for all of its sophisticated philosophical underpinnings, typically manifested itself in the words of its adherents in the church as a bundle of vacuous pieties, a heap of verbal rubbish, full of sound and fury, signifiying nothing.  And it seems to be worse now than before.... Continue Reading

7 Threats From a False Teacher

Get out of line? You might hear one of the seven statements I’ve listed below.

When people wonder why publically calling out false teachers is a big deal, simply ask: Would you point out a known sex offender in a neighboorhood full of children? Would you warn others if an active shooter were present in a shopping mall? Would you not pick up your infant if a pitbull entered the nursery? Of... Continue Reading

“Conservative” And “Liberal” Christianity

“Liberal” and “conservative” are political, not theological, words.

The words “conservative” and “liberal”, when applied to churches, are indicators of a profound difference, which has no connection to how the words “conservative” and “liberal” are usually used. In the Protestant world, a “liberal” Christian is one who is redefining the Christian faith so that it is shaped by one or more contemporary philosophies... Continue Reading

3 Reasons We Ought to Corporately Lament

Corporate laments help lead the church toward unity, especially when the issue is complicated and emotional.

Corporate lament prayers model how to process a tragedy or something disturbing on the news. These prayers teach our people to watch the news not just for information but for intercession, to move from asking “what’s happening?” to “how can I pray?” Lament models a heart of concern. Lament teaches people how to pray.   Some... Continue Reading

Deconstructing Destruction in the Church: Loving One Another

The local church is the embassy of a future Kingdom, a Kingdom where Divine Love reigns.

Love is not mere sentimental feelings, but the fire that moves a man to act for the good of others. And within the church this means that love will often propel us to speak up and engage our fellow brothers or sisters. How much do you have to hate your brother to not go to... Continue Reading

Communion, Membership and the Reality of Fellowship

Communion, baptism and membership are similar corporate affirmations of the same faith in evidence.

If we understand communion rightly, it is a communal meal. It is not something we do on our own but corporately as a body. It means that I am not merely there to examine myself alone but am to examine myself in relation to the wider body. Likewise, the body is affirming together that those... Continue Reading