Spurgeon’s Quest for Clarity: Five Ways to Grow In Your Preaching
Spurgeon not only taught but exemplified a pastoral passion to provide the Scriptures clearly!
This quest differentiated him from other preachers of the day who seemed more concerned with impressing listeners with rhetorical and oratorical expertise, fueled by a desire to be seen as one with intellectual and academic dexterity. The critique often levied toward the practice of academic writing and speaking is that it’s “confusing and dense, that... Continue Reading
Multidirectional, Participatory Worship
Worship is not a spectator sport.
When we come together in worship, we should do so aware of the multi-dimensional aspect of what we are gathering to do. The God who fills the heavens and the earth, directs our attention to everything that He is does outside of us, around us, and inside us. In this way, no event is more... Continue Reading
Long Lay the World in Sin and Error Pining
Who considers us so valuable? It’s God. We are God’s inheritance.
It’s unfathomable to think about what Christ did on the cross, that He bought something for us, but He also bought something for God. Jesus secured both our inheritances, and now God waits in expectation to fully inherit His. I’m not a musician, but even I know “O Holy Night” best for the impressively high... Continue Reading
How Reformed Theologians’ Commitment To Self-Rule And Resisting Tyranny Helped Form America
Four hundred years since the signing of the Mayflower Compact, we should honor the Puritans contributions to the creation of the American republic.
In the final analysis, while the Puritans were not 21st-century liberal democrats, neither were they intolerant theocrats. They created some of the most republican political institutions the world had ever seen and strictly limited civic leaders by law. They valued liberty and had, as David D. Hall puts it in “A Reforming People,” an “animus... Continue Reading
On Virtue Lists
The New Testament contains various lists of virtues which the Christian should be modelling.
It is not that if we keep these lists, we can get saved and earn God’s approval. We keep these lists because we are already saved by God’s grace, and living such lives demonstrates our saving faith. As the virtue list in Gal. 5 informs us, these are the fruit of the Spirit. It is... Continue Reading
The Laborers Multiply
Who knows what the Lord will do as we serve Him in the variety of callings He gives.
Perhaps as we are laboring in uncommon ways, God may even make iron to float. May the Lord help us to labor diligently in His kingdom in whatever form that labor may take so that we may see many converted and entering the Kingdom. And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “See... Continue Reading
Is Jeremiah 29:11 a Promise for Us Today?
I am persuaded that the whole Scripture addresses Christians, including Jeremiah 29:11.
Jeremiah 29:11 by type shows us how God commits to his promise to save and the hope of the resurrection and entrance into the true Promised Land. Through the history of Israel, God was making known to us upon whom the ends of the ages have come what confidence we can have. God will, after... Continue Reading
Four Implications of Martin Luther’s Theology
"If I could believe that God was not angry at me, I would stand on my head for joy."
For Luther, the Christian life is a gospel-grounded, gospel-built, gospel-magnifying life that exhibits the free and sovereign grace of God and is lived out in gratitude to the Savior who died for us, yoked to Him in cross-bearing until death is swallowed up in victory and faith becomes sight. What do the sovereignty of God,... Continue Reading
Sometimes You Cannot Fix What You Have Broken
There is a need to be realistic here as well as hope.
There is hope. Even Rehoboam, who had shown no inclination to obey God, listened at the last minute. You can too. It is not too late. You can start listening to God, serve him well from today, and look forward to when all our problems are fixed. Sometimes you cannot fix the issues from the... Continue Reading
Six Ways Haman’s Demise Points to the Gospel
God has been directing all of history toward the gospel.
Esther 8 doesn’t contain the gospel. There is no mention of God or grace. Nevertheless, chapters like this are tremendously encouraging to my faith. The book of Esther is laced with mystery. Much of the plot advances based on what people don’t know. Haman doesn’t know Esther is related to Mordecai. Mordecai doesn’t now... Continue Reading