The Public Gospel

One of the hallmarks of Peter Leithart’s work has been the public nature of the Christian faith. To say that Jesus is King is to make a highly charged political claim. Worship is a political act. The sacraments are public, objective realities that proclaim cosmic truth to power regardless of and often despite the intentions…

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…

Liturgy, Glory, and Homosexuality

So a few days a go I posted a quote from private correspondance by Rich Bledsoe concerning the connection between liturgical worship and homosexuals. His thoughts came in response to some recent posts like this and this. For what it’s worth, the broader context of his comments actually included the point that the Orthodox Church is finally…

Why Liturgical Churches Attract Homosexuals

One of the things that all liturgical churches have to come to grips with is that we have been so de-glorified for so long, that the very glory of the liturgy attracts a faux following, a fake following. To be blunt, a homosexual following. If the woman is the glory of the man, the homosexual…

Preaching into the Grave

I tweeted yesterday something to the effect that all true repentance begins by being struck down by the fact of the prodigal son’s confession: I’m not worthy to be called your son. This really is the heart of my concern for how we talk about salvation in relation to the sacraments, pastoral theology, covenant theology, federal…

Warnings & Promises

Seems to me that one of the things we’re talking about in this whole regeneration discussion is the proper pastoral balance between warnings and promises for the covenant people of God. And that’s a huge wisdom call for pastors who have to regularly, prayerful seek the Spirit’s guidance for applying God’s word to their people….

Rihanna, Regeneration, and the Words of God

Been on something of a hiatus the last month or so, but Lord willing, I’m getting back into a blogging routine again. And for starters, there’s been a pleasant conversation going on in the blogosphere regarding regeneration, the new birth, new hearts, and what exactly we mean by those words. My friend Jim Jordan has…

Assurances of Salvation

Pastor Jim Wilson has a great little booklet entitled Assurances of Salvation, available here in Kindle format and available here for free download, along with a few other goodies. The booklet lists 8 ways to have assurance of salvation but begins with the recommendation to read 1 John which is written “so that you may…

How Regeneration Makes Orphans & Eunuchs

In Isaiah 56, the Lord says that foreigners and eunuchs who keep Sabbath and hold fast God’s covenant will be given a place in the Lord’s house and a name better than sons and daughters, an everlasting name that shall not be cut off. He says that He will bring them to His holy mountain…

Wild Truth

Another follow up thought on the Douthat post below: This American “openness to heresy” seems to me to be a peculiarly Protestant stance, particularly, a sort of political/social manifestation of Sola Scriptura. Protestantism rejects human authority as supreme (whether in prelacy or tradition), and insists that Jesus is the head of the Church, ruling through His…