My good friend Matt Holst, minister of Geneva OPC in Woodstock, GA, recently delivered a lecture titled “Preaching Christ in the Proverbs” at the Reformation Worship Conference at Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, GA. You can see a brief outline for Matt’s lecture here. You can find the audio here. You can watch the video below. This is a challenging su...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...
If you've not yet made the website for the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University one of your principle places of research and theological growth, you are missing out on a great blessing. The WJE Online is one of the most profitable sources of all things Edwards. I frequently use the sermon index to reference sermons in my own sermon preparation. The site's searchabil...Keep Reading
Keith and Kristyn Getty continue to bless the church with new modern hymnody. Their latest release is a Christmas album titled, "Joy: An Irish Christmas." You can listen to parts of the songs on their website. There are some previously released songs on this album, as well as several new ones! You can watch a short video clip of Keith playing a segment of "Joy Has Dawned" ...Keep Reading
With the resurgence of interest in biblical theology and redemptive-historical hermeneutics I expect that we'll see more work being done to promote a consistent covenantal and canonical approach to preaching various portions of Scripture in a Christological way. This is especially necessary with regard to those portions of the OT that have largely been misunderstood or mis...Keep Reading
There are several defining moments in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ that deserve the deepest and most serious consideration. His baptism at the Jordan, His temptation in the wilderness, His transfiguration, His agony in Gethsemane and His sufferings on the cross are the most significant points in Jesus' earthly ministry. The baptism and temptation are singular in their...Keep Reading
There is a fascinating biblical theological development in the Scriptures with regard to locusts and the judgment of God. This horned grasshopper--that eats all vegetation in its path (and up to its own body weight in food every day!) moves in large swarms of other locusts at the same speed as the wind. Swarms of locust consume entire fields of vegetation--leaving a barren...Keep Reading
Standing before the student body of King’s College, University of London, in 1944, C. S. Lewis delivered one of his most profound speeches. Intent on calling his listeners to give serious consideration to the dangers of what he called, “The Inner Ring,” Lewis explained that at every social level are certain “inner rings” of fellowship. Upon discovering them, the ...Keep Reading
By now some of you may be aware that Dr. Bill Edgar and Dr. Scott Oliphint of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia have edited a fine primer of classic apologetic texts from the New Testament down to the present. The set is titled Christian Apologetics: Past and Present and it is now complete with the appearance of the second volume which can be obtained here...Keep Reading
William Still explained--in the most vivid way--the reality of the double crucifixion spoken of in Gal. 6:14. There, Paul wrote about the division God sets between redeemed man and the fallen world on account of the crucifixion of Christ. He wrote: We like to think of the double crucifixion, envisaged here, in theatrical terms. There stand the world, and there stand I, and...Keep Reading
I need to read and reread my sermons before I step into the pulpit to preach them. At first I only did this so that I could deliver my sermons smoothly. But over time I have become aware that I need to read and reread them because I need to preach to myself. Or rather, the Word needs to confront me since I am a sinner in need of the correction and encouragement that ...Keep Reading