There are so many profound meditations about the sufferings of our Savior in R. A. Finlayson's masterpiece The Cross in the Experience of our Lord that it is would be unfair to pull one and set it over against another. That being said, the following is a particularly moving statement about Christ's work on the cross: “The blow that struck Him reached Him as He stood in...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...
Dr. Vern Poythress has written another useful book for the church, Redeeming Sociology: A God-Centered Approach. With the rise of interest in sociology as a science--and the implications of adapting these sociological principles into our hermenuetical process--Dr. Poythress considers the way in which Christians are to think about this largely misunderstood, and frequently ...Keep Reading
This is a powerful Gospel presentation by Blaze speaking artist, Propaganda. I especially love the part about the God who gave all men breath Himself giving it up to redeem us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gb7n9B_8m8feature=player_embedded#at=283...Keep Reading
The apostle Paul teaches some of the most wonderful truths in Galatians 1:15-16, when he writes of his own conversion and calling: "But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone; nor did I go up to Jerusal...Keep Reading
May 2011 Tabletlak Weekend Devotional - The Deep things of Christ 2010 Tabletalk Pastoral Perspective: The Fine Line – This article, written for Table Talk magazine, gives consideration to the issue of ministerial authority in matters of faith and worship are considered. It appeared in the July 2010 edition. 2011 Tabletalk Weekend Devotionals: A Life of Blessing an...Keep Reading
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity.” (Heb. 6:1)* I recently spoke with a good friend, and fellow minister (who is laboring in a spiritually barren part of the country), about how things were going in ministry. In the course of our conversation, he mentioned that he had been meeting with the pastor of another church in town ...Keep Reading
Last Sunday morning we began a new sermon series at New Covenant Presbyterian Church on Paul's letter to the Galatians. The series is titled, "Galatians: No Other Gospel." You can find the audio from the first sermon, "The 'Not-From-Men' Gospel" (Gal. 1:1-12) here. You can watch the video below: http://vimeo.com/25325853...Keep Reading
There are few men in the history of the Christian church who have so influenced a generation of great preachers as much as the Rev. Samuel Blair. Samuel Blair was the principal theological instructor of Samuel Davies, the Presbyterian "Apostle to Virginia." Martyn Lloyd-Jones is quoted as saying that Samuel Davies was "the greatest preacher you have ever produced in this c...Keep Reading
Isaac Watts, the greatest of all Western hymn-writers, wrote many great hymns that did not make it into many of our hymnals. One such hymn is his "Absurdity of Infidelity." Watts sets the idea of intellectual unbelief, moral rebellion, and fearfulness against the greatness of God's promises to those who trust in Christ. It is a magnificent example of theological depth and ...Keep Reading
It seems that every year a new children’s story Bible comes out. The captivating artwork often makes the biblical stories come alive. There is one picture, in a particular story Bibles our family has, that my two and a half-year old, Elijah, loves more than others. It is a picture of a flame coming down on the prophet Elijah’s altar. There was a time when my son refuse...Keep Reading
I often wish I had more time to accomplish all things things I would like to do. I wonder if men really believe that "time is on our side"--as one of our own poets has expressed; or, as another one of our poets has said, that it just "keeps on slippin'...into the future." We all feel the pressures of life because of the pressures of time limitations. Not least among the mo...Keep Reading
Beginning June 19th, New Covenant Presbyterian Church will begin a Sunday School series on the hymns of the faith, "Tell Me the Old, Old Story: A History of the Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Christian Faith." Following the example of Ligon Duncan and Derek Thomas, we will consider the history, theology and arrangements of some of the most well known hymns in the Christian ...Keep Reading