About six months ago, I stopped wearing a tie when I preach (at least at my home church). It was an intentional, considered decision. One that I made prayerfully with reverence and out of love for God and the people and church that I am privileged to serve. For me I feel that the most reverent thing I can do is not wear a tie when I preach.
Let me explain. The church I serve was recently seriously injured by someone who sought and was admitted into leadership, all the while (over a period of several years) expertly concealing that he functionally rejected sola scriptura in favor of “capital F” Fundamentalism.… Continue reading
Happy New Year, dear reader! Have you made any resolutions for 2018? Set any goals? Established any plans for what you want to accomplish by the end of the year? In this brief post I’d like to encourage you to make at least one specific goal for this year and to move it to the top of your list. That goal is to grow in Christ-shaped, Gospel-rooted love for other people. Along with all the books you have resolved to read, and all the weight you have purposed to lose, and all the money you hope to make (or give, or save), and all the other goals you have set for the year, make it your aim to grow in Christian love.… Continue reading
In August 2016, my wife and I took a trip to South Africa to visit a pastor friend and his small church in Nelspriut. I was amazed at how much it felt like being at my home church during our two-weeks visit. It dawned on me after our trip that the reason we felt at home was because the true church of Jesus Christ will always be the same no matter the location. If a local church is being faithful to God’s calling—that is, they are being obedient to the Scriptures—then they will have the same vibe as other faithful churches throughout the globe.… Continue reading
I learned a lot in seminary, I learned theology, Greek, Hebrew, how to craft a sermon and even how to read music, and I worked hard and got good grades. And while I was in seminary, I was discipled and mentored by some of the godliest men I know. I served in the special needs ministry, I taught Sunday School, I said yes to every opportunity to preach, in other words I did everything I could in order to prepare myself for pastoral ministry. But try as I might, I never learned how to shepherd.
I am not saying I was clueless, I knew the things to say, the passages to quote, even resources to recommend in certain situations. … Continue reading
I get the attraction to polemics, I really do. In fact, I am a huge fan of polemics done well; I love God and love the truth about Him and I hate when errors about Him and how He works are propagated. I am immensely thankful for polemical works like Matt Waymeyer’s Amillennialism and the Age To Come.
The reason why I mention Dr. Waymeyer’s work is because in many ways it is archetypal of what polemics should be. It is thoughtful in the way it seeks to accurately understand and portray the position it is critiquing. It is focused on theological ideas not on persons or individual local churches. … Continue reading