What Will Happen to the All-White Church in America? Ten Trends in the Next Ten Years
The youngest generation is now minority white, meaning white children under 18 make up less than 50% of their respective age group. Around 2040 the entire nation will become minority white.
Will a massive wave of multi-ethnic churches form in the next decade? It’s possible, but there are headwinds. Many cities are diverse, but the individual neighborhoods within them are still segregated. As mentioned previously, demographic trends change slowly. By the time Gen Z starts having grandchildren, however, I believe the all-white church will be more... Continue Reading
Rest During Unrest
We need physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual rest.
How important it is that we learn to rest in Jesus. In a world today rocked by unrest, we need to rest in Jesus. We need to rest in Jesus because the future on earth is uncertain, but eternity with Him is not. We need rest. One of the ways that interrogators break people... Continue Reading
Applying Revoice’s Logic to All Sin – Part 1
Much of the error in Revoice’s discussion of same-sex attraction is their treatment of it as a “special sin,” different from other sins.
sinners having orientations does not negate moral culpability. Same-sex attraction is not special. It is sinful desire, a motion of original sin, and is always morally culpable sin. These five articles argue that same-sex attraction cannot be sublimated to holiness for 2 reasons: (1) No attraction contrary to God’s design can be sublimated to holiness.... Continue Reading
The Belgic Confession
The Belgic Confession offers a comprehensive statement of the Christian and Reformed faith.
The purpose for the preparation of the Belgic Confession and its presentation to Philip II is of particular importance. In the face of intense persecution by this Roman Catholic sovereign and his magistrates, Guido de Brès and the Reformed believers of the Netherlands were anxious to demonstrate that their faith was in accord with the teaching... Continue Reading
A Few Thoughts and Advice on Vows
The confessional teaching on vows is an important part of Christian doctrine, worship, and practice.
God loves a willing people, and we should serve him with a free spirit; and vows (which are as shackles) are not to be used but in some cases of some necessity, when otherwise we cannot hold ourselves to some particulars in the worship of God, or in our daily life: and this opinion is... Continue Reading
Outstanding New Testament Book Overviews
Every time I prepare to study a New Testament book, I read Wallace’s article on that book.
Daniel Wallace is a first-rate New Testament scholar. He specializes in New Testament manuscript tradition and curation, and he understands the persuasive power of these inspired texts. On that page, you’ll see an article by Dr. Wallace for every book of the New Testament. Each article contains an “introduction, argument, and outline” for the book. When... Continue Reading
Geerhardus Vos on the Need for Faithful Creeds and Confessions
The authority of creeds is always bound to Scripture.
There are many who deny to the church the power and right of making creeds, and think that to do so is in conflict with the sufficiency of Holy Scripture. Hence, too, there are many communions that hold to no confession, such as the Quakers, Darbyists, etc. One should grant that creeds are not absolutely... Continue Reading
He Stayed at Home to Save the World
Andrew Fuller (1754–1815)
It is often this way in the ministry: the greatest gain and the greatest loss within two months. “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39). “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). He... Continue Reading
An Introduction to the Heidelberg Catechism
Its original full title translates to “Catechism, or Christian Instruction, as Conducted in the Churches and Schools of the Electoral Palatinate.”
Not long after its original composition the questions in the Heidelberg Catechism were numbered, and it was divided up into 52 sections, one for each Lord’s Day (i.e. Sunday) of the year, so that it could be more easily used as a teaching tool in the churches, both for instruction as well as for catechetical... Continue Reading
The Bad News about Christmas
God has to invade our world in the person of Jesus because there was simply no other way.
I want to encourage you today in a fresh way to accept the bad news of the Christmas story because, if you do, the good news becomes all the more comforting and glorious. The Christmas story tells you that you have been freed forever from denying or minimizing the danger that lives inside you because... Continue Reading