The answer is not to hold on to your anger through pride, but to release it through humbling yourself before God.
Submit yourselves to God, draw near to God and He will draw near to you. I promise you that His desire will be for you to be reconciled to your true brothers and sisters in Christ. Go to them and seek forgiveness. You may say, “Yeah, but he said!” or “Yeah, but she said!” So... Continue Reading
Successful or Faithful?
Youth ministry for the long haul is a high calling, but more and more critical for the lives of students and for the future of the Church.
Long term ministry, alongside the guidance of others that have ministered faithfully throughout the years to teenagers, has taught me and continues to teach me that when my motivation is to be faithful, or rather to respond to God’s faithfulness to me, my motivation is no longer my own. It’s not about me at all.... Continue Reading
Groaning, Waiting, Hoping
How to live in a fallen, fragile world.
When “the creation was subjected to futility,” the one who subjected it did so “in hope” (Romans 8:20). What hope? The hope “that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). The futility infecting creation is not... Continue Reading
Judge Rules New York May Not Enforce Double-Standard Restrictions On Religious Gatherings
De Blasio’s shows of support for mass protests “clearly undermine the legitimacy” of his reasons for restricting religious congregations.
On June 6, he permitted religious gatherings under Phase Two, but restricted them to 25 percent capacity, half that of stores and barbershops. At the same time, Cuomo and de Blasio have encouraged the mass protests sweeping New York in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Answering a question about whether protests should be discouraged, Cuomo... Continue Reading
Beware the Idol of “Normal”
That there is no true security except that which is in Christ. And that true hope is found in God alone.
For in the wake of the disease and the shut down that accompanied it, we have been forced to confront all the sources of security and safety that we have held for ourselves. These idols – idols of our financial system, our jobs, our government institutions, our entertainment and comfort, our personal control and power... Continue Reading
The Hope of Hopewell: Honoring God and Loving Your Neighbor
I had the privilege of preaching at the Historic Hopewell Church at Hueston Woods State Park near Oxford, Ohio.
A band of Reformed Christian families from Chester, S.C., personally witnessed the brutal treatment of the slaves and demanded that the entire practice be condemned and abolished. When it became clear that their pleas would not be heard, they made the difficult decision to pack up their belongings, leave all that they knew, and head... Continue Reading
The Surprising Transformation of the Disciples of Jesus
An encounter with the resurrected Jesus will transform disciples and prepare them for a joyful mission.
When Jesus visited the disciples, he didn’t only give them instruction and fellowship, he gave them a purpose for the future. When explaining the Scriptures, Jesus said “it is written” that “repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). And the disciples were not... Continue Reading
Samuel Miller – Conscientious Pastor and Teacher
Miller helped to train a generation of preachers who labored “to diffuse, in every direction, the holy and benign influence of truth.”
Miller trained the students through his regular lectures, his copious writings (including a manual on preaching), and his sermons. To him, preaching was a spiritual calling that an ordained pastor could never put aside in this life. His commitment to remain faithful to this calling and never merge his office “as a minister of the... Continue Reading
The Mark of an Educated Mind
Schooling underpinned by critical thinking is the bedrock of civilisation. It could save us from today’s infantilised discourse.
At a time when so many are lamenting the degradation of public discourse, a conversation about how best to incorporate critical thinking into our schools is long overdue. Our civilisation might just depend on it. Many years ago I gave a talk at the London Metropolitan Archives in which I outlined my reasons for... Continue Reading
On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
Author of “Apocalypse Never” formally apologizes for the climate scare he was a part of creating over the last 30 years.
But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power. The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe. Scientific... Continue Reading