Nick posted a great video of Tim Keller speaking about how the Bible is mainly about Jesus Christ and His finished work. Â Here is a copy of the basic transcript of that helpful video. Â Christ is all! Tim Keller said: "Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures." (Luke 24:27) Jesus is...Keep Reading
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In recent years, our society has rapidly embraced what has come to be known as the "cancel culture." If someone has said or done something--at any point in his or her life--that cuts across the grain of the suppose moral rectitude of society, he or she is swiftly excoriated to the point of irremediable social ostracization. An immediate sentence is determined by the masses and pronounced on social media in order to ensure its execution. There is no mercy, no call to repentance, and no hope of restoration...The rashness and widespread nature of the execution is, in part, the thing that makes cancel culture so brutal. The bitter and self-righteous speech of those pronouncing judgment gives the unremitting banter a veneer of justice. This is what makes cancel culture such a powerful weapon; yet, I suggest, a weapon to be avoided by Christians. ...
Paul teaches that Jesus Christ is the source of all godliness. There is no godliness apart from Him. His Person and saving work is the singular and exclusive source of that godliness that God requires and provides. Our God gives what He requires of Himself by coming in the Person of Christ. ...
May we not fall into ritualistic, Christless, and imbalanced approaches to the means of grace in our churches. How we minister the means of grace in the context of public worship is more important than simply professing to be “an ordinary means of grace church.” May the ordinary means of grace be more than a Shibboleth to us....
There is a clear pattern in Scripture of the way in which God uses the praises of His people for their future deliverances and the evangelization of the nations. May we enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, knowing that our God is enthroned on the praises of His people. We need His deliverance and the watching nations need His salvation....
By restraining wrong opinions about His person and work...
The audio and video from the Sunday Morning Worship Service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now online. The text was Acts 12:25-13:12, and the title, "The Mission of God is the God of Missions." You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/14550461...Keep Reading
There is a disastrous discontentment that permeates the very fabric of our being. This can be seen throughout the many and varied experiences of our lives. Solomon spoke of it in Ecclesiastes 1:8, "The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. " Paul learned how to be content in all things, but he had to learn it. Contentment is not a natural incli...Keep Reading
Well, that is only partly true. The Bible actually has a lot to say about you, to you and for you; but, the Bible is fundamentally about "Jesus Christ and Him crucified." How then can we understand the substance of the Scriptures as God understands it? Tim Keller does a good job of briefly explaining what the Bible is about in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch...Keep Reading
Tullian Tchividjian has a helpful post over at his blog, On Earth As It Is In Heaven titled "We are One." In it, Tullian takes an opportunity to teach a valuable lesson based on the recent development in his church.Â Coral Ridge has recently combined two worship services separated by distinctive, generational music styles. I was most impacted by Tullian's warning agains...Keep Reading
I have been extremely blessed to have studied theology under some outstanding theologians. One of those professors was Dr. Nick Willborn. Now serving as minister of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oak Ridge, TN. you listen to his sermons here. You can find several of his lectures here....Keep Reading
There is tendency to think we can only learn from the smartest, most gifted, most successful, and most popular Christians. We must be ready to learn from all kinds of people, from a variety of backgrounds (young and old, weak and strong, well known and obscure), because they fear the Lord. Consider a few of the people the Lord uses to teach us: Mary the Mother of Jesus (a ...Keep Reading
The audio and video from the Sunday morning service at New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now available online. The text was Acts 12:1-24 and the title, "He Sets the Prisoner Free." You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/14346903...Keep Reading
It is a glorious thing to be called of God to proclaim his gospel.Â Yes indeed!Â I am blessed to be able to serve my congregation as a teacher (in the OPC, a minister can serve as a pastor, teacher, or evangelist).Â I am able to teach, preach, serve on the session and sit at presbytery (and at the GA when appointed).Â I am also a PhD candidate chipping away at ...Keep Reading
Recently we at the Christ the Center internet audio program over at Reformed Forum interviewed the Rev. Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn about his involvement in the Westminster Assembly project.Â The WAP is a boon to us for the historical and theological understanding of the WS.Â We look forward to the publication in the near future of the minutes of the assembly under Dr. Van...Keep Reading
While there have been endless volumes written on the book of Revelation--and, it seems as many interpretations as there are books--the following are some of the ones I have profited from most.Â I would especially recommend the sermon series by Sinclair Ferguson, Eric Alexander and Brian Vos. B.B. Warfield's short article below is probably the most helpful three page pie...Keep Reading
I, for one, am thankful to be a part of a denomination that has many godly and knowledgeable men who care deeply about important theological and social issues. Many times when an issue is raised in the evangelical world, one or another theologian is appealed to for conclusive answers.Â This can be helpful, but it lacks the collective wisdom of a unified body of biblical...Keep Reading
The most recent sermon audio and video from New Covenant Presbyterian Church is now available online. The text was Acts 11:19-12:2, and the title, "What's in a Name?" You can listen to the audio here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/14183248...Keep Reading
Acts 11:26 is one of those verses that can easily be read over without giving due consideration to its significance. There we find Luke making the point, almost in passing,Â that it was "at Antioch the disciples were first called Christians." This is the first time the title is used in the Scriptures, and it establishes for us the historical setting in which the nicknam...Keep Reading
Back in February I recommended several volumes the deal with the theology of the Acts of the Apostles. That was at the beginning of a sermon series I started at New Covenant Presbyterian Church. Now that I am just about half way through I would like to expand that list and offer some further suggestions. I have provided links for each title, many of which link to Google Bo...Keep Reading
Over at Christ the Center, we recently talked with Dr. Steve Lawson, senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, about his bookÂ The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards. You can listen to the interview here. Dr. Lawson is the author of several books includingÂ Famine in the Land,Â Foundations of Grace, andÂ The Expository Genius of John...Keep Reading
The sermon video from the Sunday morning worship service at New Covenant is now available online. The text was Acts 10:24-11:18, and the title, "Pentecost 2: No Partiality."Â You can watch the video below: Pentecost 2: No Partiality (Acts 10:24-11:18)...Keep Reading
The thorny question of whether or not Cornelius--the Italian centurion officer to whom God appeared in a vision--was a regenerate believer prior to Peter's preaching Jesus to him has proven to be quite challenging for me as I prepare to preach the second part of the narrative (Acts 10:23-11:19). In the opening verses of chapter 10 we are told that Cornelius was "a devout m...Keep Reading
The audio and video from last week's Sunday morning worship service at New Covenant is now online. The text was Acts 10:1-23, and the title, "Bringing Home the Bacon." You can listen to it here. You can watch the video here....Keep Reading
I love to read.Â I hope you do too.Â Reading keeps the mind active and the imagination fired up.Â Some recent books that I have been dipping into are the following:Â James White's provocative Pulpit Crimes:Â The Criminal Mishandling of God's Word which can be found here.Â Dr. White provides hard hitting commentary on common misuses of the Bible in the pul...Keep Reading
We recently had the opportunity to interview Chad Van Dixhoorn, on Christ the Center, with regard to his work on The Westminster Assembly Project. Anyone interested in the development of Reformed and Confessional Theology will certainly want to listen to this interview. You can find itÂ here....Keep Reading
Many theologians have acknowledged the typological role that Boaz played in redemptive History. He descended from the tribe of Judah, comes out of Bethlehem to bless his people, grandfather of David, the one to whom the promise of Messiah was given, and was therefore in the genealogical line of the Christ. He owned a field into which he sent His laborers. He receives a Gen...Keep Reading
One cannot help but admire the biblical lyricism of Michael Card. He redefined biblical compositions at a time when the Christian music world was suffering from creative and theological anemia. Card's Things We Leave Behind and God's Own Fool are two of the best examples of his creativity and theological substance....Keep Reading
I am grateful when I am reminded of the urgent need to preach Christ for pardon and power--for justification and sanctification--and to continually look to Him for grace and mercy. It is far too easy to be moved away from Him into some sphere of self-reliance or self-renovation. When we do we inevitable fall into the trap of failure and condemnation or pride and self-right...Keep Reading
Weâ€™ve stumbled upon a real test for our trusting pre-modern exegetes. Revelation. In New Horizons in Hermeneutics Anthony Thiselton summarized the differences between pre- and post- modern attitudes for interpreting as â€˜trustingâ€™ and â€˜suspiciousâ€™ of traditional readings. Our series so far has looked at how 17th c. expositors have treated di...Keep Reading