The Church and Racism

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This past weekend, about 70 miles from the church, a deadly riot occurred.  This murderous riot was planned and organized by the white supremacists and racists of the “alt-right.”  And make no mistake the “alt-right” is racist to its core, and God hates racism, as much as He hates all other sin.  And what God hates the church should hate too. And the church must denounce it unqualified terms.  The “alt-right” is evil, kinism is evil, white-supremacy is evil, neo-nazis are evil.

As the people of Israel were instructed in Amos 5:15 the church, God’s covenant people in the present age, ought to hate evil and love good and pursue justice.… Continue reading

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When God Takes a Faithful Servant Suddenly and Unexpectedly

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Pastor Jim Barrick (Feb. 9, 1948 – Aug. 11, 2017)

As my wife and I were boarding our flight from Gatwick Airport in London my cell phone buzzed. It was not a good time to answer it and I knew if it were important, the call would be repeated when we landed in California. Sure enough, as soon as our plane touched down in Los Angeles I turned on my phone and the call came immediately. The news rocked me—my brother Jim had died at home in his sleep—suddenly and unexpectedly. Memories flooded my mind as I expressed to his wife my sorrow for his family.… Continue reading

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Let us Revive Charity

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Probably no day passes without hearing something odd or even wrong. Most of us probably have one or two friends who says the weirdest, most off the wall thing on our social media page or in private. I certainly know my wife has heard me say things, that without knowing me as well as she does, would be grounds for “the look”, flogging, or no supper. But she is charitable.

Communication among close friends is comforting. I love knowing a friend so well when he says something odd, he doesn’t have to clarify, I just know what he meant. I love how this reciprocates to me too.… Continue reading

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Proverbs for the Internet Age

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The internet is a blessing and a curse. It puts an amount of information literally unimaginable to previous generations right at your fingertips.  Almost every sermon preached in the developed world is available online (and that is both good and bad, as there are both good and bad sermons) these days. There is an enormous amount of the work of the great theologians and pastors of the past available online. More seminaries (again there are good and bad seminaries) are making video or audio recordings of their classes available online. And of course, there are also a wealth of good, sound, theological and apologetics blogs out there.Continue reading

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Why Do We Observe the Lord’s Supper?

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God appointed two ordinances to the church: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper (also called the Lord’s Table and Communion). Baptism consists of the declaration of one’s salvation, of being “in Christ Jesus” by faith.

Baptism symbolizes our commitment of faith;
the Lord’s Supper symbolizes our obligation to brotherly love and to the “one anothers.”

Baptism is our Godward obedience;
the Lord’s Supper is our brotherward obedience.

The Lord’s Supper provides a picture of the full program of redemption:

  1. It requires Christ’s incarnation: “My body . . . My blood” (Matthew 26:26–29).
  2. It demands Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice: “for you” (Luke 22:19).
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