We undoubtedly live in a strange time. We live in such a period when it appears as if our present estate is doomed to change every morning. We have seen, in this week alone, the great upheaval of the norms of our society, whether you consider the arrest of two individuals at a Psalm-singing gather … More The Law of Christ is Compassionate
I have a friend whose husband is suffering from dementia. The older I get, the more aware I grow of how common this malady seems to be. As a pastor, I’ve encountered it before from former members who’ve gone on to be with the Lord. But this is the first time I’m walking together with … More When Things Won’t Get Better
One of the most controversial sayings in all the ministry of Christ was His teaching on the Holy Spirit in Matthew 12:31-32. Undoubtedly, this passage has caused many Christians to ponder their right standing with God. And though Paul encourages us to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Phil. 2:12 ESV), God … More Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit
In Matthew 20:1-16, the Lord Jesus presents a parable that is still part of his response to the Apostle Peter’s question, “What then will we have ?” (Matt. 19:27 ESV) All of this is framed within the context of the rich young ruler who clung to his earthly comforts rather than to Christ. Now this … More The Last Will Be First
Hymnals are such wonderful tools. In a simple book, we have a wealth of wisdom contained in song form. They can connect us to our family history as a Church. If they are designed appropriately, they reflect the theology and prayers of the people. One such hymn is “Amazing Grace” by puritan pastor John Newton. … More Lord, Have Mercy
I am always amazed at the many things I can observe when I take my dog out in the evening. You can glimpse to your left and right and be amazed at how different your neighborhood looks in the darkness. You can listen carefully and hear every form of wildlife which buzzes and chirps in … More Look Past the Stars
Today you’d scarcely find a person outside of the church who believes that God punishes ordinary people for ordinary sins. In fact, the axiom that ‘nobody is perfect’ leads many to believe that if a God exits, He certainly isn’t going to demand perfection. Our good deeds will hopefully outweigh our bad deeds. Or if … More By Faith Alone
One of my favorite books in the New Testament is the book of Hebrews. In many ways it is one of the richest veins of Biblical-Theological truth in the New Testament. Hebrews teaches us how we ought to understand the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its content is rich, but it is … More Can You Hear Me?
As a child, my parents taught me to tithe. The word tithe simply means “tenth”. And so, I was trained to give God ten percent of what I earned because it all belongs to Him, and that this giving was an act of worship. My wife and I practice this, and we are training our … More Should We Tithe?
It's undeniable that children resemble their parents. Whether it's the color of their hair, their mannerisms, their temperaments or even something as simple as their smile. When we look at Jesus' words in Matthew 5:43-48, He showed us the big idea of His exposition on the Law: "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly … More Love Like Your Heavenly Father