This month marks the 503rd anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation; 503 years since a Roman Catholic priest and professor of theology published and presented ninety five propositions (“95 Theses”), expressing his points of contention regarding the sale of indulgences in the Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther’s straightforward invitation to debate the practice of selling indulgences set in motion a dramatic recovery of the biblical Gospel, which had long been obscured amid centuries of innovative traditions in the Catholic Church.
Since the days of the Reformation, efforts to summarize the key doctrines that under-girded and supported it have often led theologians to the themes of what eventually came to be known as the “Five Solas.” The… Continue reading
What you see on social media is not real life. I have noticed a trend among people, both Facebook groups and Twitter, to think that what we see and experience on social media explains our local situation. Think about social media: at any given time individuals from around the world can communicate with others on a centralized platform. What centralizes us? Only the platform. Many times, maybe even most the time, people communicating actually live in different parts of the country, if not the world. But this creates problems when a certain discussion or popular # issues comes to bear.
Take a #Video, one hot off the press from a part of the country.… Continue reading
John Owen addresses the vanity of the mind. He posits the mind is the source of all vanity. Preaching through Ecclesiastes these days and preparing for a Trinity series in the summer, the Lord in his providence brought my two studies together with this gem from John Owen.
“It may not be amiss to stop a little and consider that practical exposition, which the whole world affords us, of this text concerning the vanity of the mind; for this is the source of all the vanity with which the world is filled. Almost all that we see or hear is vain.… Continue reading
Note – I originally wrote this last Monday, but due to technical problems, was unable to post until today. While as of now deaths linked to the Corona virus have climbed to 12 they are far outstripped by the increase in the death toll of the flu.
Unless you have been living
under a rock for the past few weeks you have heard about the Corona virus
(COVID-19) outbreak. And if you have watched the news at all you’ve been told
how serious it is, and that you should be very, very worried about it. (But
don’t panic!) To put it bluntly what is being
preached through nearly every media outlet is a profoundly unchristian
response to the Corona outbreak, we as believers must respond biblically.… Continue reading
One of the, if not strange, then unique things about ministry as the preaching pastor of a church is the perspective I get on the congregation. I’m not speaking metaphorically, I’m not talking about having a special insight, I mean actual perspective. I don’t sit looking at the back of the heads of my church family, I stand in the pulpit and look in their faces.
And I’ve seen some interesting things. I’ve seen a visitor’s face change the precise instant they were offended by the gospel. I’ve seen tears of conviction roll down the face of someone I think of as very godly and advanced in their sanctification.… Continue reading