3 Spiritual Benefits of Singing in Church

I’ve come to treasure, so deeply, the way our singing together burrowed God’s truth into the deepest recesses of my heart.

Those words I sang as a seven-year old on a hot summer night in Chicago or around campfires in northern Minnesota or in Vacation Bible school now speak to me, every day. In fact, I can hardly finish singing a hymn without my lips quivering and my heart full of emotion. When I hear “Jesus... Continue Reading

An Assault upon Complementarianism Is an Assault upon the Bride of Christ

Controversy has arisen within evangelical circles as social justicians are suggesting that the answer is activism, deconstruction of power structures, and a redefining of key doctrines like complementarainism.

At this juncture, we need clear definitions and we need to be sure that throughout this controversy within evangelicalism that we’re working from the same dictionary. It serves little purpose to have an honest conversation without working from the same set of terms.   One of the great tragedies of our day has been parade... Continue Reading

Jonathan Edwards’ Organizational Genius

Let me briefly share three ways that I have purposefully imported Edwards’ own practices of personal discipline and organization into my own.

Edwards (1703–1758) was a local church pastor, which happens to be the same vocation that I share. As I began to research his numerous written works and treatises, I became increasingly aware of his incredible personal and professional organizational skills. With meetings, projects, sermons, lectures, and Bible studies always coming due, most pastors can stand... Continue Reading

An Archbishop’s Address to the Synod of the Diocese of Sydney On Trends In the Church

An excerpt from the Presidential Address to the 51st Synod of the Diocese of Sydney by Archbishop Glenn Davies on 14 October 2019.

Next year the General Synod will meet in a special session to confer on the issue of same-sex blessings and same-sex marriage…The General Synod must make a clear statement about the teaching of the Bible on the sanctity of sex within the marriage bond of a man and a woman, so that marriage is held... Continue Reading

He Preached More Than He Slept

George Whitefield (1714–1770)

From his first outdoor sermon on February 17, 1739, at the age of 24, to the coal miners of Kingswood near Bristol, England, until his death thirty years later on September 30, 1770, in Newburyport, Massachusetts (where he is buried), his life was one of almost daily preaching. Sober estimates are that he spoke about... Continue Reading

Recovering the Priority of Personal Holiness

Many ministers are often nowadays more concerned with visual growth and success than with cultivating personal purity.

Let’s not forget the exchange, in the nineteenth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, between Jesus and the rich young ruler when Jesus told the man the realities of true discipleship. As the rich man realized that personal sacrifice is required to live in God’s kingdom, he walked away. What did Jesus do? He did not do... Continue Reading

Following a Faithful Minister, Part 1

Attempting to be your predecessor will only lead to frustration and failure.

You are called and equipped to fulfill the role using your God-given abilities in a unique way that will cause you to depend upon Him. Don’t let the temptation to be more like your predecessor creep in when you hear the accolades heaped upon that person by others. It’s okay that you are different from... Continue Reading

Your Pastor Needs You

Your pastor recognizes his responsibility before God on His behalf.

When you pray, you pray about you, your family, your concerns, and those in your church and life for which you are concerned. At the end of the day, you are spiritually responsible for a limited group. When your pastor prays, he has all the same concerns as you in terms of normal life. However,... Continue Reading

PCA Minister Walter Kim Elected as Next President of National Association of Evangelicals

The NAE Board of Directors today elected Walter Kim as its president, effective January 1, 2020.

President-elect Walter Kim currently serves as pastor for leadership at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, and will continue in this role as he leads the NAE. He ministered for 15 years at Boston’s historic Park Street Church, a congregation that played a key role in the NAE’s founding.   The National Association of Evangelicals... Continue Reading

The Sacrificing Church

When the church evangelizes people and the Spirit brings souls into the kingdom, God receives that as harvest offerings.

Trusting Christ as the Rock of our salvation, the Living Stone as Peter calls Him, we also become living stones fitted together in His holy temple as we abide in union with Him. As the Father sacrificed Christ for us, we are in turn to offer sacrifices to Him in thanksgiving. God’s Word often describes... Continue Reading

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