A Sincere and Pure Devotion to Christ: Why the Sufficiency of Scripture Means Rejecting Secular Sociology
The fusion of Christianity and sociology, of truth and error, has infiltrated the ministry of the Church.
Today, teachers of God’s Word regularly join biblical doctrine with unbiblical sociology. The chief example of this is the failed attempt to combine Critical Race Theory with the Bible. Yet, it’s not just conjoining two systems that is the issue. That is usually spotted and discarded from the start. The more pernicious practice takes place... Continue Reading
Americans Are Going Home. Maybe It Is Time To Think About About Planting Churches There Too?
There are early indications that Americans are leaving urban centers.
It seems obvious that, to plant churches in the Plains, that vast stretch of land from Canada to Mexico and between the Rockies and the Mississippi River, will take more time and proportionally more investment. The return on investment will be lower. It will not be sexy nor will there be thrilling reports. The church... Continue Reading
When Tragedy Strikes On Saturday
Some thoughts on current events influencing content, worship, and planned prayer.
In all of these times, and in all of these seasons, in all of these tragedies, God is at work. In the absence of tragedy, in the presence of tragedy, God is at work. In your planning, God is at work. In your preparation, God is at work. In your work, God is at work.... Continue Reading
The Precedent of a Persian King
We can all, like human princes, be pretentious in flaunting the assumed importance and extravagance of our own kingdom-building.
With the unnamed author of Esther, we laugh in line with heaven at the pretensions of human princes. There is beyond the facade and the farce another kind of kingdom. For that, we look not to the country between the Tigris and Euphrates, or even the land ensconced between the Atlantic and Pacific, but to... Continue Reading
Identity, Abortion, Deathwork (Trueman)
The fact that babies can be aborted and then disposed of like so much excrement is a telltale sign for Rieff that we live in a culture with no transcendent moral order.
Abortion, too, is a deathwork – not simply because it works the death of the unborn child but because it profanes that which the second world [i.e. a culture with a transcendent moral order] regarded as sacred: human life made in the image of God from the moment of conception. Carl Trueman’s new book, The... Continue Reading
World Bank Chief: COVID May Have Pushed 100M Into Extreme Poverty
World Bank Chief Economist Carmen Reinhart called the economic crisis a "pandemic depression."
The Washington-based development lender previously estimated that 60 million people would fall into extreme poverty because of COVID-19, but the new estimate puts the deterioration at 70 million to 100 million, and he said “that number could go higher” if the pandemic worsens or drags on. WASHINGTON – The coronavirus pandemic may have driven... Continue Reading
“The Hatreds of the Hour”: The Greek Thucydides on Human Nature
One of the advantages of reading a historian’s work from 2,500 years ago is that he cannot be accused of being a mouthpiece for any political camp.
The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides provides an account at once remarkably insightful as well as deeply disturbing regarding the unchanging character of human nature. It is truly a work for the ages as he hoped it would be (while not flawless, it is the only surviving source for many events). One of... Continue Reading
Habakkuk for Today
Recent cultural, social and political events in America have been disturbing for those who look to the Bible to discern what is true, good and beautiful.
As God works His works of judgment and mercy, as God shakes the nations, and as God intervenes in history with divine visitations of judgment upon the wicked and blessing upon the righteous, the people of God may experience some difficulties and trials. Recent cultural, social and political events in America have been disturbing... Continue Reading
Hungry and Thirsty for Righteousness
We thirst for a rightness with God that we cannot achieve.
In Jesus, our hunger and thirst for rightness with God are immediately, completely satisfied when God’s Spirit draws us to trust His Son. This justification assures us of God’s love, arousing our hunger for the righteousness of character that reflects Jesus the righteous One. Jesus painted the picture of hunger and thirst for people... Continue Reading
Is This a Casket or a Hope Chest?
The dead in Christ will be raised incorruptible.
Jack was both a master craftsmen and very careful with his money. Since he didn’t appreciate spending the high cost of a manufactured casket, he decided to build his own. Yesterday I had the privilege to officiate the burial of my dear friend and World War II veteran Jack Drury. As I stood at... Continue Reading