Teaching a Barber to Pray
“He who prays must be like a good, industrious barber who has to keep his mind and eyes precisely upon his razor and hair and know whether to cut or trim."
“Dear Lord God, Father, do not call us into judgment, for in your presence no one is righteous. Please do not condemn us for being ungrateful for all of your unspeakable goodness—both spiritual and physical—and for our daily blunders and sins—which are more than we know or mark (Psalm 19:12). Furthermore, do not consider how... Continue Reading
The Falwells Can’t Script This
When one's sexual sin is played out in public, it becomes even more challenging to avoid scripting.
Explaining further, he helped me understand that stepping out of the shadows and asking for help put me on a path to restoration. Our pastor clearly admonished me to not “script” the recovery but to instead process the pain privately with trusted professionals, then later (much later) share the process. He, and others, walked with... Continue Reading
Why Did White People Exploit Black People?
History isn’t black or white. History isn’t about oppressors and victims—we’re all oppressors, we’re all victims. No one is righteous. No ethnic group, no tribe, no nation is innocent.
No one is innocent. We’re all perpetrators and victims of exploitation and oppression. No one is innocent, not Europeans, not Africans, not White people, not Black people—no one. Why Did White people exploit Black people? The answer is the same for why Black people exploit White people, why we exploit our neighbours, why our neighbours... Continue Reading
A Majority Of Americans Think Jesus Is A Great Teacher Yet Reject His Claims To Be God
A new survey reveals that 52 percent of American adults believe that Jesus was a great teacher and nothing more.
“Statistics like these from the State of Theology survey can give us quite a shock, but they also shed light on the concerns that many American Christians and churches have expressed for decades. As the culture around us increasingly abandons its moral compass, professing evangelicals are sadly drifting away from God’s absolute standard in Scripture.... Continue Reading
We’ve Been Here Before: Lessons from the Church’s Responses to the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919
“Unprecedented” will likely be the Merriam-Webster Dictionary ‘Word of the Year’ for 2020.
Playwright George Bernard Shaw commented that “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” In this precedented time, there are direct applications we can and should learn from the church’s response 100 years ago. While these times are truly unprecedented to us, a look back in history shows that in many ways... Continue Reading
Are We All Missionaries?
The roots of Paul’s missionary impulse emerged out of the written Word as sufficient, compelling, and authoritative.
Consider the Apostle Paul and how he appealed to his burden to take the gospel to Spain. After preaching the gospel from Jerusalem all the way to Illyricum, Paul claimed, ‘I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ’ (Rom. 15:19). Paul apparently interpreted his ministry of sowing gospel seeds and planting gospel churches... Continue Reading
Visas For Life: The Remarkable Story of Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara
Chiune Sugihara saved 6000 Jews while he was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during the Nazi occupation.
When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000... Continue Reading
Reformation Theology in the Hands of a Servant
My Tribute to J.I. Packer (1926–2020)
There is a difference between leadership and influence. There have been many popular leaders whose influence is ephemeral. But Packer’s quiet, steady output of books, and his behind-the-scenes work in movements that were led by others, have probably solidified and deepened the evangelical and Reformed resurgence with greater effect than that of many more visible... Continue Reading
The Familiar Case of Benjamin Dutton
Many people have certainly been encouraged by his compassionate pastoral care, by his honest confession of his struggle against a stubborn addiction.
In 1731, when Benjamin Dutton received a call to become the pastor of a congregation in Great Gransden, in Huntingtonshire, Winckles and seven other men signed a letter stating that God had granted Dutton “Repentance and Remission of Sins … and that he has been enabled to walk for a considerable Time as becometh the... Continue Reading
Jonathan Edwards’ Untimely, Faith-Filled Death
“Trust in God, and you need not fear.”
Shortly before Edwards’ death on March 22 he spoke briefly with his younger daughter Lucy who was then living with his daughter Esther (Burr’s widow) in Princeton: “Dear Lucy, it seems to me to be the will of God that I must shortly leave you. Therefore give my kindest love to my dear wife …... Continue Reading