Christian CEO Wins Religious Discrimination Case
An Employment Tribunal has ruled that Scotland’s biggest grant-making trust unlawfully discriminated against its CEO because of his Christian views on marriage.
“This ruling is a welcome re-statement of the principle, upheld again and again in the courts, that the Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman is a belief protected by equality law and worthy of respect in a democratic society. This is a just outcome and one which sounds a warning... Continue Reading
How to Tell Someone They’re Wrong
Four qualities set the tone for confronting others.
Four qualities set the tone for confronting others. “Go and tell him his fault” (Matt. 18:15) Let me begin by saying I know I’m wrong. The title should be “How to Tell Someone He or She is Wrong.” Being the stickler for grammar I am, I cringe to write something improper. The pronoun should agree... Continue Reading
6 Distinguishing Marks of a Call to Gospel Ministry
If there is anything else a man can do other than preach, Martyn Lloyd-Jones maintained, he ought to do it. The pulpit is no place for him.
It is as though God will not let him be released from his duty to preach. There is nothing else he can do but pursue this inner drive to preach. Necessity is laid upon him, and he must preach regardless of what others may say. He must minister the Word, no matter what obstacles must... Continue Reading
Love Your (Imperfect) Pastors
Pastoral authority, despite what the cultural narratives would have you believe, is for your good.
Unfortunately, for some of us who are students of God’s word and think we have all our theological ducks in a row, our response can be heavy on examination and light on reception. Rather than being like the Bereans, who took what they were taught and gladly held it up to God’s word to verify... Continue Reading
What Reformed Churches Can Learn from Mark Driscoll
It’s a gospel-driven, gracious message that saves people and brings true change, especially in how we love our wives as Christ does the church.
It’s a gospel-driven, gracious message that saves people and brings true change, especially in how we love our wives as Christ does the church. The pastor, too, must submit to that message, knowing that such a calling takes away his own control over the people, as it’s meant to do. Then the ministry is really... Continue Reading
4 Ways to Fight Sexual Temptation
Sin cannot live in the light. Choke temptation by taking refuge in Jesus and the means of grace he provides.
God rarely touches our lives in such a way that we stop loving sin immediately. But as we fight sin and pursue him, he changes our affections. We begin to love what he loves and hate what he hates. Our confidence in willpower fades, and our hope focuses on Jesus, who was tempted and yet... 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
Platt’s McLean Bible Church Hit With Attempted Takeover, Lawsuit from Opposition
The suburban DC megachurch’s recent scuffle over race and politics is symptomatic of a broader evangelical rift.
To some observers, McLean’s conflict seems like a replay of other recent episodes from American evangelicalism, where leaders who appeal to Scripture to address social issues are accused of theological liberalism or secular influence even if they continue to hold traditional Christian views. The level of suspicion around such leaders appears to have grown during... Continue Reading
Wife Will Not Be Charged in Pastor Husband’s Shooting Death in Lemon Grove
Noah Shepherd, 29, was pastor of San Diego Reformed Presbyterian Church, a church in the RPC of North America (RPCNA)
Gabriela Shepherd was originally slated to be arraigned in an El Cajon courtroom Thursday afternoon, but DA’s spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said in a statement that “charges are not being filed at this time. The investigation is ongoing and we will review the case as we get more information.” Shepherd was held in custody without bail... Continue Reading
George Liele – First Baptist Missionary in Jamaica
He died in 1828, leaving behind a vibrant church and several well-trained ministers who were able to continue his work.
Through fund-raising, he was able to purchase some land to build a church and a cemetery in Kingston, Jamaica. Unlike other ministers who had constant problems with land-owners, he only allowed in his congregations slaves who had obtained permission by their masters. In fact, he used a church bell to signal when the services started... Continue Reading