Just watched All the Kings Men, a 1949 movie about a charismatic but corrupt Governor and the shady dealings and the strong-armed tactics used to get his way. A populist politician who got things done but stepped on anyone who got in his way. First impression, beyond disgust, was it looked like a playbook for … More Sin, Repentance and Jesus
Alistair Begg, the senior pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church, was recently speaking on the sufficiency of Christ and Christ alone, to save us. It is not us, in any way, it is Christ alone who saves. Our only contribution is our sin, our unrighteousness. It is Christ and His righteousness alone that saves us. If we … More Alister Begg on the Perfect Sufficiency of Christ
Have you ever heard a question like this? Maybe it is because I am a pastor and I read weird things and have a strange collection of friends, but I hear this kind of question a lot. Sometimes it comes from the earnest seeker but more often, it comes from someone who is antagonistic toward … More Why Should Jesus Save You?
“There is no more dangerous place to raise children in the world than the United States.” —-Marco Silva, paraphrasing John Piper and interpreting Jesus Content Strategist at DesiringGod.com September 3, 2017 I completely agree. But why? Is it because . . . we lead the world in school shootings, or because our health care system is … More Raising Children in Dangerous Places
Here’s a good followup to the message I preached today on learning to treasure the word of God. Enjoy. Here’s the first paragraph but follow the link and read the whole article. When it comes to weighty matters in the Bible, let’s be like Mary. “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her … More Rejoice! You are His!!
Remember Zacharias? He who would sire a son in his old age with his past child-bearing-years wife. He who, with his wife, Elizabeth, had prayed for a son (Luke 1:13) but had given up on ever hearing an answer. But the year came when the aged and sonless priest from the division of Abijah, in … More When Old Men’s Dreams Come True
He Rescued You Because He Loved You I am reading a book, that while helpful, periodically states things in not just a provocative way but in unguarded and biblically unbounded ways. Writing of the apostle Paul’s conversion, the author is beyond the bounds of orthodox belief when he states: “Of course, Paul has the freedom … More Jesus Didn’t Rescue You Because You are Good
Weekend Musings “The church can preach salvation and nurture the saved, but it cannot save. The church can preach, exhort, rebuke, and admonish against sin, it can proclaim the forgiveness of sin and it can give theological definition to sin, but the church cannot atone for sin.” —R.C. Sproul Who is Jesus? (Crucial Questions Series) … More What the Church Can and Can’t Do
Sunday Musings Believers are made as white as snow. Isaiah 64:6-7 6 We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 There is no one who calls upon your … More My Best Days Were Filth, But He Has Made Me Clean
Weekend Links Thinking Better About Doctrine Why the Missouri-Synod Lutheran Church Rejects the NIV 2011 Version (You may disagree with their conclusions, but the values they are seeking to protect are the right center point for evaluation.) Is there a Place for Casting Out Demons in the Modern World? (John Piper) Most Church Goers Do … More A Rejected Bible; Casting Out Demons; Bible Hypocrisy; Political Lies; Illogical Logic and much more