Jeanette Li and Her Faith in God’s Promises
I cannot, as many have done, reject the grace of God for me.
She spent the rest of her life in Los Angeles, ministering to the Chinese community, writing her autobiography, and sharing her story with the help of translators. One of these translators was Rev. Samuel E. Boyle, a missionary to South China who traveled with Jeanette around California. Once, he asked her if she thought the church... Continue Reading
What Bill Gates Can Teach Us About Discipleship
No, discipleship is not about short-term gains. It’s the long game.
Parenting, again, is not so much about single actions of teaching, grace, mercy, and provision, but instead about a long, sustained pattern of consistency. That’s where the true power is. It’s true in parenting, just as it is in exercise, in budgeting, even in reading. And it’s also true in discipleship. Gates’ quote rings especially... Continue Reading
Betsey Stockton and Her Love for God’s Image-Bearers
Of African blood and born in slavery, she became fitted by education and divine grace for a life of great usefulness.
Her life was devoted to a task she had found essential: the academic and religious education of children of all races. It’s probably safe to suppose that she continued to face each new circumstance with the same readiness to draw answers from Scriptures and the same humility, honesty, and trust in God’s care that she... Continue Reading
True Shepherds in a Time of Plague
In 1665 Bubonic Plague, the “Black Death” as it was called at the time, broke out in the city of London, and thousands died.
But then in the midst of all that terrible sickness and sorrow, and death, who do you think it was who heard the cry of those suffering and returned in droves to minister to the sick and dying, to pastor congregations whose ministers had fled with the king to country estates, to go day by... Continue Reading
If I Were an Abuser, What Church Would I Want to Attend?
I pondered this question on my long flight home: Where would I want to go to church if I were an abuser?
It was then that we began to unpack what the term domestic violence included, what we had imagined the term to mean, and what it really meant. The definitions seemed to be eye-opening and I appreciated those that were willing to open up to an understanding of violence that moved from the image of black... Continue Reading
He Saw God Through His Pen: George Herbert (1593–1633)
The craft of poetry opened more of Christ for Herbert — and for us.
George Herbert found, as most poets have, that the eﬀort to put the glimpse of glory into striking or moving words makes the glimpse grow. The poetic eﬀort to say beautifully was a way of seeing beauty. The eﬀort to ﬁnd worthy words for Christ opens to us more fully the worth of Christ —... Continue Reading
Anne Steele and Her Weighty Questions
Anne reminds us that, while our human minds can’t discern God’s thoughts and plans in everything He does, we can know His faithfulness.
From an early age, Anne had learned that everything in this life – including disappointing and painful circumstances – is ordained by God, who works all things for His glory and for the good of those who love Him. This thought is not, in itself, of much comfort to sufferers, unless they know that this... Continue Reading
Where Have All The Bibles Gone?
When the preacher pulls his cell phone out of his pocket, and begins to read Scripture, it doesn’t come with quite the authority that The Book has.
Jack preached a sermon he entitled, “The Bible At The Bottom Of My Duffle Bag.” Jack actually never owned a Bible until I gave him one on his 33rd birthday. In that sermon, he relates how his grandfather…gave him a service man’s New Testament. He gingerly placed it at the bottom of his duffel bag... Continue Reading
SEC Charges John Macarthur’s Son With Defrauding Investment Firm Clients
The federal agency announced earlier this month that MacArthur, 52, his Criterion Management Insurance Services, Inc., as well as then co-owner Robert Gravette, allegedly breached their fiduciary duty
The SEC’s complaint, filed on Feb. 12, alleges that MacArthur and the other defendants listed recommended that their advisory clients invest more than $16 million in four private real estate investment funds without disclosing that the fund managers had paid them more than $1 million from 2014 to 2017. Mark MacArthur, a son of... Continue Reading
PCA Founding Father, Todd Allen, Called Home to Glory.
Pastor Allen was not only a founding father of the PCA, but he also preceded the PCA.
Pastor Allen noted: “In September of 1972 1 issued a call to disaffected churches and pastors to come to the Eastern Heights Presbyterian Church of Savannah, GA to consider the formation of a presbytery. This call resulted in the formation of Vanguard Presbytery—I was elected presbytery moderator and I was then invited to serve on... Continue Reading