Sophisticated Fire

Jer. 7:30-34, Gal. 5:16-23 Jeremiah describes the wickedness of Judah as beginning in the sanctuary. When people turn from listening carefully to what God says to do, they necessarily begin to substitute their own ideas, their own inventions and innovations. And this inevitably results in imitating unbelief and idolatry. It seems like an extreme, unthinkable…

Learning to Say, “My Gospel”

[Here are my notes for the talk I gave at the TRC Evangelism Conference 2016, recordings coming soon.] Introduction I don’t remember a time when I did not love Jesus. One of my earliest memories is being interviewed for membership in an Orthodox Presbyterian Church by a couple of elders when I was four years…

Safe in the Circle

Jer. 4:1-10, Gal. 3:10-14 Jeremiah says that if Israel returns to the Lord, they can be saved. This returning to the Lord is described as breaking up fallow ground and circumcising the foreskin of their hearts. But if they don’t do this, the wrath of God will come like fire that cannot be quenched. God…

One Body With An Immune System

“For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Cor. 12:13-14). Paul immediately goes on to explain that this is why we need one another. The…

International Resistance Movement

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn. 3:8). Every week we gather here because we believe this. We believe that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. The works of the devil are anything and everything that is not love, beginning with the…

Loving Brothers in Error

One of the realities that Christians face with some regularity and difficulty is the challenge of loving brothers in error. All three of those words are important: loving. brothers. error. Given the harsh world around us full of violence and terror and murder, the Church is called to be a massively different kind of place….

Get Low: An Easter Meditation

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ… that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead” (Phil. 3:7, 10-11). Here, Paul tells…

12 Principles for Pastors on the Internet

1. Be quick to listen; slow to tweet (Js. 1:19-20). And specifically, the warning is against becoming angry quickly. Sometimes a minister of the gospel must become angry, but godly anger is cultivated carefully and slowly (e.g. the slaughter of the unborn, the destruction of families, etc.). Godly anger is never contrary to love or…

The Power of God’s Pleasure

Is. 49:1-7, 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Isaiah says that the Lord chose a servant from the womb to be a glorious weapon, His sword, His arrow. This servant would be Israel in whom He would be glorified. Israel had wandered away from God. Judah had been scattered. But the plan was for a new Israel to…

God Does Not Mumble

The biblical doctrine of Sola Scriptura, that Scripture alone is the only ultimate and infallible authority over the Church and every Christian, rests on the fact that Scripture is God’s perfect Word. The Bible says that God’s Word is perfect. His Word is complete. His Word is breathed out by the Holy Spirit. We know…