The history of the Christian Church can get rather complicated as you look across the ocean of traditions and faces. There are today so many sorts of camps and tribes even under the banner of Protestant and Reformed. But one figure stands out amongst his brethren as a helpful voice in service to Christ and … More John Owen, Reformational Catholic
Jesus wants us to know one simple truth from Matthew 6:19-14: we need to re-orient our priorities. Jesus speaks of our treasure, our eye and our master in this passage. But these three seemingly unrelated illustrations all point towards the single reality that our greatest aim and desire in life must be to treasure, behold … More What Rules You?
Jesus loved to use stories. If you haven’t read one lately I encourage you to open up a Bible to Luke 12:13-21. There you find our Messiah utilizing a parable, or story meant to teach a central idea. We have a story about a fool. A rich fool steeped in the evidence of God, benefitting … More Everybody Worships Something
When I was a kid my grandfather took me everywhere. He often took me to the park and out to eat. He even took me to this ancient relic called “Blockbuster” But of all the places he took me, my favorite was his garage. I need to preface. I grew up in New York City … More What Good is an Apostle?
One of the joys of being a parent is learning to see the world again from a fresh perspective. I say “fresh” and not “new” because far too often we forget the wonder of what it was like to be a child. The beauty of a child’s perspective comes in this: they can build whole … More A Pentecost State of Mind
I recently had the opportunity to read William Boekestein’s contribution to the bitesize biographies series focusing on protestant reformer, Ulrich Zwingli.
The King James Version of the Bible translates the sixth commandment as, "Thou shalt not kill." But as one looks through the Scriptures God seemingly commands His people to kill. Moses kills, Joshua kills and even King David kills. In light of the commandment and God's execution orders, is God an accomplice to sin? Or … More Murder Upon Their Lips
One of the joys of being a pastor who loves Church History is seeing patterns echoed throughout the life of the Church. Now there are wonderful examples of pastors who have cared for their sheep, praying for them when they wouldn’t pray for themselves, or when God, in spite of wicked pastors, comforted His people … More Reformation Day Potluck Devotional