I suppose every pastor has a certain number of “fear-dominated” parishioners. I’m thankful that in my current church there seems to be very few but I know the malady can be debilitating and destructive to gospel living. Christians ought not to be dominated by fear but by hope–an overwhelming hope, no matter what is or … More When Fear Threatens to Undo
Among the many things I have been working on since leaving Trinity Church as its Senior Pastor is a revision of my 2012 book, Picking A President: Or Any Other Elected Official. Some might think it odd to revise a book that is only five years old. Let me tell you why I’m doing it. … More A Chapter Revision Excerpt
Saturday Musings Every day I hear stories of pastors or churches proving unfaithful in the task of proclaiming the truth once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Denominations ordaining practicing homosexuals, a pastor running off with someone else’s wife or church funds. Some, I fear, where never believers in the first place. They convinced themselves … More “Stress and Danger are Normal”
Thursday is for Discipleship It was almost 30 years ago. Before I met and married my wife 26 years ago [longer now]. Before I dated and called off a wedding to Dana. Before I spent a year not dating anyone, a godly woman named Pam was the object of my affections. In fact, it … More Can the Confession of Sin be Joyful?
Thursday is for Discipleship When people are hurting, it is wise to let your words be few. Job’s friends were not helpful. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a more cruel word being spoken after the loss of his children than Job 5:25. And yet these words were given to somehow bring comfort to Job! … More A Word for Well Meaning Christians and Others Regarding Sandy Hook: Keep your mouth shut!
Friday is for Heart Songs I don’t know where I got it. I don’t know who compiled it. I only know it is exactly what it says it is, “a handy little chart.” HANDY LITTLE CHART God has a positive answer: YOU SAY GOD SAYS BIBLE VERSES You say: “It’s impossible” God says: All things … More “A Handy Little Chart of Truth”
When Darkness Seems to Hide His Face. There is a place and pattern of refuge for those who are bearing a heavy load. May God help you and your friends going through difficult times find Him as an all satisfying Redeemer.
Continued from Monday (What is a Christian? How should he view himself and his mission? Part 1) “What is a Christian: How Should He View himself and His Mission? (Part 2) A settler, like a sojourner, is a person who is on a journey. My image, as a white-middle class 49 years old,* who grew … More The Difference Between a Sojourner and a Settler
Tuesday is for Preaching Why should a pastor preach expositionally? The content below is not mine. It is from 9Marks ministry. There is wisdom and challenge here for the young church planter to chew on. A pastor should preach expositionally because God works through God’s word. God speaking is God acting.* God created by his Word (Gen. 1:3; Ps. 33:6), and he recreates … More Is Expositional Preaching the Best Way to Unpack the Word of God?
Wednesday is for Prayer Long day today and a longer one tomorrow. No time to write something new, so here is a brief offering from John Piper’s Tuesday blog. Let’s make this our prayer for all the saints of God, especially leaders, today. On the Subject of J.C. Ryle, I would also recommend A Call … More Longing for Holiness and True Sanctification