“Sprowl.” That’s how new I was to R.C. Sproul’s ministry. Delivering the first sermon I would ever preach before my peers at college ministry (Isaiah 48:9-11), I ended up pronouncing his last name “Sprowl” the day I gave my message. Should an esteemed seminary professor ever get a hold of that audio file (they won’t), … Continue reading Remembering R.C.
Theology is meant to care for souls, in ordinary moments, on bad days, even to those who don’t own a bookshelf. Continue reading Theology For the Least of These
We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, that from those through whom the Gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar … Continue reading word vs. Word
People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy…It was the equilibrium of a man behind madly rushing horses, seeming to stoop this way and to sway that, yet in every attitude having the grace of … Continue reading G.K. Chesterton’s “Unsafe Orthodoxy”
I found myself in my favorite used bookstore, going through my usual routine. Scanning the shelves, finding my favorite sections, picking through the titles, pulling some out to look at the prices or endorsements, putting most back, keeping a couple. I laid eyes on a Puritan Paperback. One of my favorite book series of all, … Continue reading Reading With Caution
Abraham Kuyper is one of the most noted and well-respected Dutch theologians in all of church history. He has written much in the way of how Christians should think about culture, and how God created culture to function. Nearly a hundred years later after his death, it seems Christians are still trying to answer some … Continue reading Abraham Kuyper’s 9 Points on Christianity and Culture
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?” – John 18:38 On this day, 190 years ago, something remarkable happened. On July 4, 1826, John Adams, second President of the United States, passed away. Adams would die on the same exact day as the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the document … Continue reading What is Truth?
The Persian Sufi adage goes, “This too shall pass.” This phrase is typically used when in the midst of some unfortunate circumstance as a means of hope for change in the near future. “Just give it time,” we tell ourselves. 1700 years removed from the First Council of Nicea, however, evangelicals are still being pestered … Continue reading Killing Arianism With a Cross: Why Christ’s Deity Matters
I am not the guy to write this article. One of the pastors I follow on Twitter tweets out a link, endorsing an article written by a women whose theological views are fairly out of line with Scripture. I grow frustrated. “Why does her platform keep growing? And why is he spreading this nonsense?” Eyeroll. I’m driving … Continue reading Labouring in Forbearance
I remember being on vacation as a boy once, enjoying the freedom of the channel buffet before me at the hotel television. I turned to ESPN Classic. It’s not something we kids did very often. At the time I was more infatuated with my current sports heroes, guys like Donovan McNabb and Tracy McGrady, and the … Continue reading The Not-So-Gospel of Ali
A minister of the Gospel is a man who is always fighting on two fronts. He first of all has to urge people to become interested in doctrine and theology, but he will not have been long at that before he will find that he has to open up a second front, and to tell … Continue reading The Danger of Orthodox Intellectualism
“I am not indeed an advocate for that indifference and lukewarmness to the truths of God, which seem to constitute the candor many plead for in the present day. But while I desire to hold fast the sound doctrines of the Gospel towards the persons of my fellow-creatures, I wish to exercise all moderation and … Continue reading Simple Testimony
The New Testament reminds us that though Paul may plant and Apollos may water, it is God who gives the increase (1 Cor. 3:6). Perhaps nothing demonstrates this quite like the history of revivals throughout the world…As God sovereignly gave the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, so He sovereignly commands the blessing that attends the gospel … Continue reading Revival, Then and Now
Love is not God. But God is love. So what does it mean for God to be love? It does not necessarily mean that God is simply loving. Judaism and Islam and Mormonism teach a God who loves. But when Christians teach that God is himself love, they are saying that real love itself has its origin … Continue reading Defining “God Is Love”
God created the world and created us to serve and enjoy him and the world he had made. But human beings turned away from serving him; they sinned and marred themselves and the creation. Nevertheless, God promised to not abandon them (though it was his perfect right) but to rescue them, despite the guilt and … Continue reading The Gospel Story in 300 Words, by Tim Keller
In approaching Easter, we come closer to the day in which many will pile into churches across the land, singing songs about Jesus being alive, and powerful accounts from the Gospels will loudly proclaim the resurrection of Jesus. It is a magnificent story, a fascinating narrative. Unfortunately, however, some view the resurrection as simply a … Continue reading He is Risen, Indeed: The Resurrection as Fact
Yet again, I have picked up The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis. It’s always a fascinating read, as are every one of Lewis’ books. The book is a collection of nine sermons that were delivered by Jack during the Second World War. There are a whole host of topics covered in the sermon collection — pacifism, … Continue reading 10 Brilliant Insights from C.S. Lewis’ “The Weight of Glory”
It’s the age-old dilemma of the Christian life: “I just wish I knew God’s will for my life.” You’ve been there…probably this week, right? Questions surrounding your job, your purpose, or just a situation that seems to bring much stress with minimal clarity. We say, “Your will be done,” but not because we trust His … Continue reading Looking for God’s Will? He’s Already Told You.
When you wish to do something evil, you retire from the public into your house where no enemy may see you; from those places of your house which are open and visible to the eyes of men you remove yourself into your room; even in your room you fear some witness from another quarter; you … Continue reading Fleeing Unto Him
Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home, may my life be steeped in prayer, filled with the spirit of grace and supplication, each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood. Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to the realm of unceasing praise. Urged by my need, invited … Continue reading Meeting God