What do Deacons Do?

Introduction From the beginning of their service in the New Testament, we see that the primary task of deacons is to serve tables. But this is a wonderfully loaded job description since at the center of the Church’s life is the Lord’s Table. Thabiti Anyabwile says that deacons are the Church’s waiters, running all the…

What are Deacons Like?

Introduction Jesus said that you know a tree by its fruit. Good trees make good fruit; bad trees make bad fruit (Mt. 7:17-18). In context, Jesus is warning about false teachers, wolves in sheep clothing, but there’s a more fundamental reality also being assumed: you can’t be what you aren’t, you can’t give what you…

In Defense of the Protestant Reformation or How the New Eve Got More Lovely

Anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time knows that I can wax polemical from time to time. Given my story and the little tree stump I’ve been given, some of my more polemical writing has centered on the goodness of Protestantism, the necessity of the Reformation, and various angles on why I…

One Track Mind

One of the reasons God has determined that men should lead the Church is because they have one track minds. As unlikely and as incredible as that may seem, the gospel itself ultimately rests on this reality. Admittedly, this is often the sort of trait men receive much grief for, and often enough the grief is…

A Starbucks Run Blindfolded

Often we set ourselves up to lose certain arguments by the way we define our terms. We sit there on the branch, manfully sawing the dern thing, and then we wonder how we ended up on the ground with the knot on our head. One of those arguments has to do with the role of…

Why the Church Needs Men to Lead

One of the strongest arguments against the ordination of women for ministerial offices in the church may in fact be an argument from silence, or better, an argument from absence. During the course of Jesus’ ministry, He did not shy away from breaking various social taboos. He knew that healing on the Sabbath would put…

All the Grace that We Need

“Choose this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in who land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Josh. 24:15) One of the customs we have at…

Communion, Baptism, and the Messiness of the Church

The Church is a messy place, and that means that not everything rolls out in the order that we might believe best fits with the patterns laid out in Scripture. Jesus is loving us into perfection, washing us with the water of His Word. But we’re not there yet, and in the mean time we…

Chestertonian America?

I just starting listening to Ross Douthat’s new book Bad Religion. He makes the fascinating suggestion towards the beginning that while most other western nations had official, established religions, America was founded on a certain openness to falsehood intentionally. But disestablishment was/is not necessarily in itself a capitulation to sects or secularism, though it certainly…

How Worship Ought to be Feminine

When you attend a worship service led throughout by men, that worship service is appropriately feminine. You don’t make a service feminine by putting women up front, you make a service feminine and submissive by doing what our husband has required of us. -Douglas Wilson Read the whole post here.