Archive for May, 2014

The church of Jesus Christ, at least in the United States, is under immense pressure to change. But we’re not talking about dumping the flannel-graph for DVD’s – it’s something far deeper and far more significant.

The refrain goes something like this: “If we continue to focus our attention on people’s sex lives, especially homosexuality and our opposition to it (and in particular our opposition to same-sex marriage), we’ll lose an entire generation. We have to change or die.”

Russell Moore takes a closer look at this line of thinking in his post “Can We Trade Sexual Morality for Church Growth?”

He says, “If we have to choose between Millennials and Jesus, we choose Jesus.”

I highly recommend this post. Read and consider for the glory of God.


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Reformation Trust, the publishing arm of Ligonier Ministries, is giving away a free e-book during the month of May, and it’s a good one — The Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts by Douglas Bond. It’s available on most e-reader formats.

You can get it here.

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This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on the subject of death. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Death, a reality because of sin, has been conquered by Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection.

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Although God has made Himself known to us through general and special revelation, we cannot know Him exhaustively or thoroughly.

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Jonathan Edwards, possibly the greatest mind (theological or otherwise) America has ever produced, wrote this about the Christians journey to heaven:

A traveler is not wont to rest in what he meets with, however comfortable and pleasing, on the road. If he passes through pleasant places, flowery meadows, or shady groves; he does not take up his content in these things, but only takes a transient view of them as he goes along. He is not enticed by fine appearances to put off the thought of proceeding. No, but his journey’s end is in his mind. If he meets with comfortable accommodations at an inn, he entertains no thoughts of settling there. He considers that these things are not his own, that he is but a stranger, and when he has refreshed himself, or tarried for a night, he is for going forward. And it is pleasant to him to think that so much of the way is gone.

To go to heaven,  fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean.

(Works, Vol. 2. p. 244)

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