The word “doctrine” has almost become a dirty word in many churches. In fact, so has the word “preaching,” but that’s another post! Many don’t think doctrine is practical or important. It’s all just academic stuff for the theologian or seminarian, and if anything, does little more than cause discord in the church. It’s unfortunate that so many think this way, but it’s because today’s churches have a poor understanding of the meaning of “doctrine,” and because of this poor understanding, they perceive doctrine negatively, thinking it doesn’t apply to real life situations or real spiritual growth. In many circles, the word “doctrine” is considered synonymous with “vain genealogies” and is perceived as nothing more than the discussion of the number of angels on the head of a needle.… Continue reading
Yesterday was the internationally celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. This unofficial holiday (at least, it is unofficial in America) is celebrated in various ways by various cultures and peoples. For most, it seems a day to play Irish music, wear “kiss me, I’m Irish” merchandise, and eat cornbeef with cabbage or Irish stew.
For seemingly most, no one cares about the man St. Patrick, they just want a reason to mix-up their mundane lives with something different.
Enter the Christian blogger community. Blog after blog within the Christian blog sphere seems to be driven to reclaim the godly man behind the holiday.… Continue reading
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
Last week, John MacArthur and The Master’s Seminary hosted a historic summit on Biblical Inerrancy. Over 4 days, 18 sessions were presented by some of evangelicalism’s most well-known pastors, theologians and historians, affirming that there is no other authority by which we stand, than the authority of Scripture. It was thrilling to stand alongside 5000+ ministers of the Gospel in such a declaration. However, it was also equally stirring to hear the voices of these men reverberate in glorious song, as Dr. Clayton Erb and the entire music department of Grace Community Church, along with Keith & Kristyn Getty, and Fernando Ortega, led us before the throne grace through music.… Continue reading
“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.'”
I want to consider in this post what a “helper fit for him” means for women. Often this word gets thrown around in a derogatory manner. The debate in light of this text is, “Do women have, as helpers, a subordinate role to the man’s role?” Does the Bible teach women as mere “doormats” for the husband to walk all over? The answer to that question is a resounding no! Scripture teaches that women are equal to men in dignity, worth, and importance.… Continue reading