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 my first foray into public ministry, I was met with what I deemed to be a highly unusual request. One of the elders of the church in which I was serving asked me to refer to the printed order of worship as a "playbill" rather than as a bulletin. This struck me as strange for a number of reasons--not least of which is that I couldn’t wrap my mind around how doing such would appeal to those visiting. However, a deeper concern revolved around my suspicion that this man considered worship to be a spectator sport--a baptized version of the theatre. Though our elements of worship were reflective of a historic Reformed liturgy, the telos of what we were doing in worship was not as clearly defined....
Believers often meditate on the love, the joy, and the peace of Jesus. However, most of us probably do not give enough attention to the thanksgiving of Jesus. One of the things that we can be certain of--concerning all of the sinless perfections of incarnate Son of God--is that Jesus expressed full and unceasing gratitude to His Father for every provision, every kindness, every protection, every soul-strengthening support and every miraculous act that the Father worked through Him during His earthly ministry. Without doubt, Jesus is the most thankful person who ever lived. ...
The more we understand the relationship between Satan and sin--keeping them in biblical perspective and viewing them in light of the person and work of Christ--the better equipped we will be to put sin to death and to avoid the temptations that so easily ensnare us. ...
Since the preaching of the gospel is the primary means by which God saves His people, ministers of the gospel should concern themselves with pursuing growth in their ability to skilfully communicate the truth of Scripture. Pastors should avail themselves of all the means of growth that are at their disposal. In so doing, we may never become the best preachers in the world, but we will--by God's grace--become more skillful in making known "the unsearchable riches of Christ." ...
I sometimes fear that there is a willful naïveté in the church with regard to the presence and power of Satan. One doesn't have to look far into the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, or the New Testament Epistles to discover the reality of the spiritual forces of darkness and to develop a theology of the assault tactics of the evil one. But it might surprise some to see what exactly these tactics are in their more subtle forms. ...
If the church is to be rooted in the timeless truths of God’s word, it needs leaders who are standing on the shoulders of giants in whom the Spirit of God was at work. If pastors are to navigate the overwhelming challenges of an increasingly secular and antagonistic society–not to mention the internal attacks from strong willed and self-seeking individuals within the church–they need to counsel of older and wiser saints. ...
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. ...
When we come to Christ, we learn to live in a way that is pleasing to God. We seek after His instruction and walk in His ways. Jesus is the rarest commodity–the eternal wisdom of God and sole source of righteousness and life. It is Him we must seek, find, and acquire more than any other commodities we may come to possess in life....
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