Weak Before God; Strong Before Men

Ps. 71:1-6 “In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for…

The Gospel of Modern Liberalism

“Know that the Lord, He is God! It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves. We are His sheep, and the sheep of His pasture” (Ps. 100:3). This is one of the most fundamental realities in the world. If there is a God who made us, then we are His. We belong…

Religion of the Dead

Judges 21:1-15, Mk. 15:33-41 The Christian faith is not a religion of near-misses and close-calls. The Christian faith is the religion of the dead. Human sin and depravity cannot be coaxed back to life. The sin of Adam did not contract a disease; in the day that we ate, we died. This is part of…

Grace, Unity, & Orcs

As it turns out, I need to say a few more things about the nature of disagreement in the Christian Church, and I also need to talk about Orcs. First, on disagreement: There’s an easy optical illusion created by the blessing of God combined with just enough geographical distance for people to look at Moscow…

We Do Not Lose Heart

Just a few quick follow up thoughts on grace and justice in difficult pastoral situations. First, I linked a post from Tim Bayly this morning that is a great example of gracious, thoughtful disagreement with the way another session of elders has handled a difficult situation. It is helpful not only because of its tone…

Pro-Life Education

[Note: This is an exhortation I gave to the teachers and staff of White Horse Hall this morning.] It’s been an interesting summer. Kicked off with the Obergefell decision mandating homosexual marriage, and then David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress began dropping undercover sting videos on Planned Parenthood. The videos have confirmed what…

Topple the Idols

One of the tactics of warfare is pursuit. A decisive victory can be turned into an effective truce if an army fails to pursue a retreating enemy. Judges records the failure of the tribes of Israel to capitalize on the victory God was giving them. While the enemies may have been strong and fierce and…

How the Rejection of Jesus Sets Us Free

Our fear of rejection is ultimately our fear of death. It’s our fear of being left on the outside, being left out forever. It’s our fear of insignificance, our fear of not mattering, of not being noticed. So many live their lives alternating between fear and ambition, desperately wanting to belong, to fit in, to…

Feeling Rightly

One of the things that sin does to people is warps their ability to feel rightly. God gave us emotions; they are a gift from him like our other senses meant to teach us about the world. We feel pain, a hot stove, pressure, and it teaches us about what is wise, what is safe,…

His Word Endures

Psalm 100 famously says: “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; and His mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.” So, in faith and obedience to this Word, we have come this morning. We have…