J. I. Packer on the Hub of Christian Life
There can be no genuine or transformative holiness in life until a person has for his primary and ultimate aim the glory of God alone.
There can be no genuine or transformative holiness in life until a person has for his primary and ultimate aim the glory of God alone. This is not optional, as if some who claim to know him in a saving way might choose to move in a different direction, with a different goal or aim.... Continue Reading
The Heart of Worship: Temple Imagery as Instruction for New Covenant Worship
The heart of worship is not subjective or abstract. Just as the worship of the Old Testament was objective and concrete—even visible—so is the worship of the New Covenant.
In the Old Testament, one of the first principles we learn about worship is that sincerity alone is not acceptable (see the narrative of Cain’s sacrifice in Genesis 4). The heart of worship in the Old Testament was objective; the ceremonies prescribed in the Law of Moses were realities apart from feeling and emotion. The... Continue Reading
Counseling the Body
First steps for holistic soul care.
The soul (or heart) has rightly been the emphasis in our theology. Here Scripture gives details that we could never see apart from God’s revelation to us. In the soul, we know God and turn toward him or away from him. Look for obedience or disobedience, faith or unbelief, and you will see the soul... Continue Reading
What Does “Demisexual” Say about Christian Hope?
It’s difficult to keep up with these new identifications and all the rules governing them. Someone recently suggested, perhaps we should just change the acronym to “LGBTQ-TBA”
We must be prepared also to offer the far better vision of identity, love, sex, and friendship found in the Christian account of reality. To not offer the better way of the Gospel would be heartless and foolish. Not only do we have a better story to tell, but the timing is right. This late... Continue Reading
Christians Are Part Of Something Much Bigger
There are no small Christians. There are no insignificant believers. There are no ‘little people.’ We are all a part of God’s great redemptive story.
Don’t worry if nobody knows about you. Don’t worry if your ministry seems to be slim pickings. Don’t worry if your web traffic is quite low. Don’t worry that you are never invited to speak or share your story. Don’t worry if hardly anyone seems to know that you even exist. Worry instead about things... Continue Reading
A Reply to ‘The PCA Conflict Over the Moral Law’
I respectfully disagree with how the author of “The PCA Conflict Over The Moral Law” has framed things in this piece --under two headings only: conservative and progressive.
From what I heard from many of the dissenting voters at GA was NOT a progressivist agenda, but a reasoned assertion that those who came before us did a pretty fine job of upholding these things in how they set up BCO 24-1, and that it does not need to be re-written. I respectfully... Continue Reading
Georgia Church Loses Pastor, Then Its Assets, to Regional UMC Leaders
Conservative Methodists worry about their place in the denomination ahead of delayed plans for a split over LGBT issues.
Conflicts over pastoral appointments have led other conservative congregations to leave the UMC, which is waiting on a delayed vote to split the denomination over LGBT issues. Though the UMC officially does not permit same-sex marriages or clergy in same-sex relationships, the position has not been enforced in its regional conferences, and conservative churches are... Continue Reading
Width and Length and Depth and Height
We will never understand the love of Christ toward us, until we understand the love of Christ toward the nations.
I won’t go so far as to say that the breadth of God’s love (or any other dimension in particular) refers specifically to His plan to pour out His grace upon the Gentiles. Nevertheless, the expansiveness of the love of God is manifested in the expansiveness of the Gospel to all nations. Much ink... Continue Reading
Guilt-inducing racism is being employed as a political tool, imposed on the schools, teaching children that they are collectively and individually responsible for racism by virtue of their skin color.
Here is a last word. A worldview without forgiveness, such as the worldview of CRT, offers no hope. There is no vision of a world in which this sin is defeated or redeemed, much less one in which the guilty are forgiven and restored. But the great message the gospel brings to the world and... Continue Reading
I Miss My Son Today
I miss my son today. That goes without saying, I suppose, since I miss him every day.
And I am confident that, by his grace, I can carry out today’s assignment. I am confident that I can bear the burden of this day’s sorrow until night falls and my eyes close in rest. I am confident that I can be faithful in today’s calling for as long as the day lasts. I... Continue Reading