Is The Neo-Evangelical Coalition Worth Saving?
The life of the confessional Protestant is not in coalitions but in Christ and in his visible, institutional church.
What animates the confessional Reformed churches is a holistic theology, piety, and practice lived out in the context of congregations and in the life of the broader institutional church. We are animated by a theology that we share with our Reformed forebears, which we have not amputated or substantially revised. We are animated by our... Continue Reading
The Last of the Great Reformation Creeds
The Westminster Confession of Faith
Professor John Murray noted: “The Westminster Confession is the last of the great reformation creeds. No creed of the Christian church is comparable to that of Westminster in respect of the skill with which the fruits of fifteen centuries of Christian thought have been preserved, and at the same time examined anew and clarified in... Continue Reading
What Is Real Spirituality?
Knowing God and delighting in Him are our objectives.
We are not rationalists. We are supernaturalists. We believe in the Holy Spirit who brings us into real communication and communion and fellowship with the risen and exalted Christ Himself, and, in Christ, with the Father. If that makes us uncomfortable, if our theology is satisfied with doctrines and practices only and knows nothing of... Continue Reading
Christian Health Care Workers Win Huge Victory Against New York Vaccine Mandate
Judge Hurd cited the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment in his decision.
The October 12, 2021, Decision and Order now prohibits the governor and any agencies or persons under her from “enforcing, threatening to enforce, attempting to enforce, or otherwise requiring compliance” with the COVID vaccine mandate. New York is also forbidden to take “any action, disciplinary or otherwise, against the licensure, certification, residency, admitting privileges or... Continue Reading
Mark Driscoll and the Power of “Father Hunger”
Mark’s persona was compelling to younger men confused about the meaning and purpose of manhood.
It’s no surprise the lingo of “boot camp” spread into evangelicalism through Acts 29’s church planter gatherings. The atmosphere of “telling it like it is,” being “confronted by the truth” and “doing whatever it takes for the kingdom” had massive appeal to a generation of young men who came from homes where fathers were hooked... Continue Reading
Social Justice vs. Biblical Justice: A Timely Book on a Perennial Topic
Beisner analyzes the arguments of the social justice movement.
In this booklet, Dr. Beisner does not start with ideas from the Social Justice Movement and move from there to God and His Word. Instead, he first understands Scripture as sufficient and authoritative, and uses it to evaluate the Social Justice Movement. In that way, he accurately shows what God and His Word say about... Continue Reading
Faithful Shepherding In The Midst Of Suffering—Part 1
We need to prepare our people for suffering.
Everything that’s happening to us today is right there in the Scriptures, and happened to the very, very first Christians. They all suffered persecution. So let us prepare ourselves, and the way we prepare ourselves is to teach what the Bible says: what Jesus taught, what Paul taught, what Peter taught. And they all taught... Continue Reading
Healed in the Heart
One man's testimony of finding hope in Jesus Christ.
“I remember sitting in prison, contemplating and even planning my suicide. I began to pray for the first time in a long time. I prayed that God would do something. I had lost everything. I got involved in AA and various drug programs and became substance-free. But I knew that still was not enough.” ... Continue Reading
Reformed Church in America General Synod Daily Recap: Saturday, October 16, 2021
General Synod 2021 of the Reformed Church in America (RCA) is meeting October 14–19 in Tucson, Arizona.
Recognizing that some separation is inevitable, we believe the RCA has an opportunity to act in an exemplary way by providing a generous exit path for those churches which decide to leave and by inviting those churches to also act generously. While the process currently outlined in the RCA Book of Church Order (BCO)…allows a... Continue Reading
Remaining Faithful When Others Embrace LGBTQ+ Theology
How do we walk through this minefield, pursue humility in our own hearts, and yet remain firm in God’s Word?
You are vulnerable to outside voices tempting you to give in, but the best remedy for standing firm for the long haul is to remain in God’s Word, continually steeping yourself in his perspective and truth. When I speak about how the Bible should inform our sexuality, someone invariably comes up to me and says,... Continue Reading
The Three “U”s and PCA Overtures 23 and 37: Part 3
Considering the third objection of those opposed to O23 & O37: Not only are the overtures “unclear” and “unnecessary,” but thirdly, they are “unloving” and should not be passed by PCA presbyteries.
Rejection from the world because we teach and preach biblical truth is typical; why do we continue to think otherwise? While I believe all officers in the PCA affirm this principle intellectually, it seems that some of us experientially may become unsettled by the potential rejection of our faith by the culture around us. ... Continue Reading
The Metaphysics Behind the Reformed Confessions
The reason it is so hard to understand the Reformation confessions today is that the metaphysical framework in which the authors of those confessions worked has not only been lost; it is no longer even understood.
The biggest obstacle to a recovery of confessional Protestant faith today is that, as moderns, we are cut off from our heritage by the philosophical naturalist metaphysics that we have unconsciously and uncritically absorbed from our environment. We desperately need to step outside of modernity long enough to perceive its weaknesses and limitations. But we... Continue Reading
When Will Jesus Return?
For centuries, misguided teachers have repeatedly promised or strongly suggested to their contemporaries that they are the generation that will finally witness the end.
When we begin to read Revelation in the way the original author intended it to be read, we can begin to understand its intended meaning. We no longer read with the book of Revelation in one hand and a newspaper in the other. The newspaper will not help us understand Revelation. Knowing the Old Testament... Continue Reading
Peaceful and Quiet Living
God’s will for our sanctification is lived out in the ordinary routines and habits of life.
How does a Christian living in an aggressive world please God? In part, Paul says, by aspiring “to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands” (1 Thess. 4:11). It’s hard to imagine an Apostolic command that is more mundanely practical than this. We live in a society marked... Continue Reading
Mark Driscoll and The Danger of “God Told Me”
We should stoutly doubt anyone who claims to receive extra-Biblical revelation.
Had we only this one case to which we could point to show the dangers of claims of extra-biblical revelation, it would be enough. Sadly, however, we have hundreds and probably thousands of cases to which we can easily point to show the dangers of claims of continuing revelation. Introduction I am catching up Christianity... Continue Reading
True Christianity Is a Fight
The Christian is both a child in the Father’s home, and a soldier in the Savior’s war.
If “the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh” (Galatians 5:17), then what could be more normal than for Christians to feel divided, split, torn asunder in our inner being—or as Ryle says, to feel that we have “two principles within us, contending for... Continue Reading
Our Fully Present God
Nothing can contain our infinite God; He is everywhere all the time.
The doctrine of God’s omnipresence is comforting and reassuring to believers. We are never left alone. We are always—at all times and in all places—in the presence of God. We can cry out to Him and know that He hears us. We can trust that He is always with us. This truth should make us... Continue Reading
Look to Jesus
When we run the Christian race, we need to look up and ahead to Jesus.
Christian, you are a runner in a race. The race you are running is the most important race you will ever run. You have everything to lose if you quit, but everything and more if you finish. Therefore, run to win. Run together to the end. Keep your eyes on the prize and run with... Continue Reading
The Tale of the Pig and the Sheep
Where the pig had been content to wallow in the mud, the sheep had known to bleat pathetically until the farmer had come to rescue it.
Then, said the farmer, “If you are ever deceived into a sin and overtaken by a weakness, don’t lose heart. Go at once to your compassionate Savior. Tell Him in the simplest words the story of your fall and the sorrow you feel. Ask Him to wash you at once and to restore your soul,... Continue Reading
For the Church that is For the World
The church that is not on mission, in fact, is not acting true to its own nature. The gospel is not meant to be hoarded but to be shared.
The church is empowered by the Spirit through the gospel to bless the world as the overflow of God’s blessing of us. That the world may know the God we serve and worship him alongside us in spirit and truth. We love and believe and serve and bless, that the whole world might “go to... Continue Reading
Why Do People Get Sick?
The Bible breaks such deceptive bondage. If you’ve ever been confused about why people get sick or you know someone who needs answers, these truths will be a soothing balm to a weary soul.
The truth is, God is strong enough, wise enough, and powerful enough to bring purpose out of our pain, even if He doesn’t take us out of the pain right away. You and I experience this more often than we realize. Whenever someone we know dies, it can either lead to bitterness toward God, or to our own appreciation... Continue Reading
How Discipleship is Like Cooking
Christian, you are called to make disciples. But being faithful to this command does not mean that you have to strictly follow a recipe.
As we trust Jesus and follow Him, we can also feel the freedom of knowing that God has created us each individually, each with different personalities and traits, with skills and experiences all our own. All of these things come together in the actual fashion that we carry out Jesus’ command. In other words, we... Continue Reading
God Loves Cliff-Hangers
God loves to use all the circumstances of our lives to advance His kingdom.
GK Chesterton once wrote on why things happen this way: “Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a God who knew the way out of the grave.” We have a god who knows the way out of the grave. The cross was a place of total and utter disaster for the followers of Christ.... Continue Reading
The Person of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God.
As the third person of the Trinity, the Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son, and yet as a distinct person, the Holy Spirit is the one who regenerates us and guides us into all truth. He doesn’t speak on his own authority but relays the truth. The Holy Spirit is ever illuminating the... Continue Reading
When the role and responsibility outpace the leader’s character, disaster is inevitable.
Caring about your team’s character begins with the ongoing process of building and assembling the team, but it does not end there. Care for their souls. Pray for them. Remind them of the grace of God. If you sense a lapse in character, if the Holy Spirit brings something to your mind, don’t bury it.... Continue Reading
Praying the Lord’s Prayer Specifically for a Person or Situation
The beauty of praying the Lord’s Prayer—it is comprehensive and helps us prioritize what God wants us to pray.
I’m convinced the Lord’s Prayer is the ultimate prayer tool and the first thing believers should memorize, that’s why I mention it so much in my book When Prayer Is a Struggle. If we can learn how to use this Spirit-inspired prayer tool well, many of our struggles to pray will dissipate. One of my favorite prayer... Continue Reading
A God I Could Love
"It is more pious and more accurate to signify God from the Son and call Him Father, than to name Him from His works only and call Him Unoriginate." ~Athanasius
In the Son of God, we do not see a haughty God, reluctant to be kind. We see one who comes in saving grace while we were still sinners. In him we see a glory so different from our needy and selfish applause-seeking. We see a God of superabundant self-giving. We see a God unspotted... Continue Reading
The victorious Christ rose to His throne as King of kings and Lord of lords.
We sometimes talk about kings and queens “ascending to the throne,” and this—the ascension of Christ—is the supreme example. It’s nothing less than the visible demonstration that Jesus Christ is now enthroned in heaven. So when we talk about the ascension, the word isn’t simply referring to the physical “rising up” of Christ. He is... Continue Reading
Pro-Life Group Wins Battle to Share Pro-Life Message at One of the Most Liberal Universities
Project Truth and Tiny Heartbeat Ministries were courageous and stood up for their free speech rights.
Once on campus, pro-life advocates were threatened, had their property taken, and faced radical opposition, BUT…the police got their property back and defended their free speech rights. Many great conversations transpired, including a touching encounter with a Chinese student who had immigrated to the United States with his mom to flee the one-child policy that... Continue Reading
Pablo Besson – For the Gospel and Religious Freedom
When Pablo (then Paul) Besson received a request from Mathieu Floris, a Belgian emigrant to Argentina, to help him find an evangelist to spread the gospel in that country, he did his best to promote the cause. When no one answered, he understood that the call was for him.
Besson’s greatest impact, however, was through his faithful preaching, constantly pointing his listeners to Christ and clearly distinguishing between law and gospel, and through his translation of the New Testament from Greek to Spanish, which continued to be used for generations. This translation was published as a single volume in 1919 and it was the... Continue Reading