Rise Up O Men of God

man of god 3***DISCLAIMER***

I realize that this post is ridiculously long, and should really be two, maybe even three posts. Alas, I hope you get the chance to catch up on your lost time.

Every student and graduate of The Master’s Seminary is intimately acquainted with the hymn, “Rise Up, O Men of God!” It’s a frequent song we sing together in the seminary choir led by Clayton Erb for Shepherd’s Conference or graduation. There is great theological richness and profundity in the words:

Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things;
Give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of Kings!

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Suffering and the Church

Suffering will come. Just as Christ saved me by His sovereign grace, He has also called me to suffer (Phil. 1:29). Before suffering comes we need our theology in order. There are at least four convictions we need to endure trials: (1) why trials, (2) know Christ Jesus well, (3) obey His will, and (4) endure. For more details on these see here. Having these convictions will help us keep focus on Christ, trusting His sovereign will and plan, and longing for eternity with Him. Believers with a biblical perspective will affirm trials are “a momentary light affliction compared to the eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor.… Continue reading

The Nature of Christ Pt. 1

The nature of Jesus Christ is often seems like a deep mystery. Is he a questionmarkman or is he God? This question has concerned Christians for centuries, beginning in the apostolic era. Far from being an abstract point of theology better left to seminary professors and theologians, the answer is at the center of the Christian life. In order to properly worship and trust Christ you must know who he is.

Scripture speaks of Jesus both as a human and divine. While this may seem contradictory scripture is clear on both accounts. Even a cursory look at the scriptural evidence will make clear that Jesus is portrayed as both divine and human.… Continue reading

Grace-Energized Submission

Ring in MarriageSubmission is the divine calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership and to help him carry it through according to her own giftedness. Submission is a praiseworthy reminder of our great God, and the drama of redemption. Submission is found in the trinity, as Jesus submits to the Father in purchasing our salvation.  Submission in its original purpose, not corrupted by man’s sinfulness and distortions, is a glorious display of the gospel.  Last post helped to clear up misconceptions about submission, so this one will try and more clearly define the biblical stance on the wife’s role to submit to her own husband. … Continue reading

The First 100

Many consider the first 100 days of a new President’s time in office as a marquee event. How has the president conducted himself? What policies implemented? What promises has he ignored? 😉 So, in keeping with this theme, today PS23 authors answer some questions regarding their first 100 sermons. Each of them answers a few questions:

Unknown-2Question 1: What is your favorite duty in pastoral ministry? (besides preaching)?

Andy: Answering questions. I enjoy hosting public Q&A’s with the Congregation as well as those, “Pastor, do you have a minute” opportunities. I have found that both of these situations allow for shepherding by fostering growth in trust between the one with the question and me as their pastor.… Continue reading