What is the purpose of the pulpit?
What is it intended to communicate?
Historically, the weightiness of the wood structure was intended to represent the priority and the proclamation of God’s Word. It was placed in a lofty position, central in the place of corporate worship – because its purpose was lofty. Indeed, from it the Word of God was to be preached each Lord’s Day, and many men were imprisoned or put to death throughout church history because they were faithful to that principle task.
The pulpit was substantial, so as to hide as much of the man behind it as possible so that it would not be him that was remembered, but the Lord and His truth.… Continue reading
Since hearing of the upcoming Inerrancy Conference shortly after the cessation of the Strange Fire Conference, I (and many others) have been eagerly waiting for Shepherd’s Conference 2015. It would seem then, that the elephant in the room might be, “So, why aren’t you there!?”
The answer is very simple.
Because of my love for the church.
That may seem like an odd answer… perhaps even self-contradictory! After all, Shepherd’s Conference is designed to encourage and equip pastors so that they can, in turn, better serve their churches. For the pastor to take the time and money to attend Shepherd’s is a demonstration of love for his congregation.… Continue reading
I remember the first real conversation I had with my husband, more than seven years ago. It was a cool summer evening and there were eight of us or so sitting around an outdoor fire pit. We were sitting across from one another, but soon everyone else had left to go inside. We still joke about that conversation, because while I was gazing at the beautiful starry night, all Matt could seem to talk about was the doctrine of election and his desire to go into pastoral ministry. Little did I know at that time that I would marry him less than two years later, and it is hard to believe that after spending the last four and half years in Southern California while Matt studied at The Master’s Seminary and the Grace Advance Academy, we are now only one week away from moving to Pennsylvania, where my husband will assume the role as the Preaching-Teaching Pastor of High Point Baptist Church in a small community just outside the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.… Continue reading