Archive for September, 2017

Well-Driven Nails


“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

There’s a lot to say about the life, death, and legacy of Hugh Hefner, but David French of National Review frames it very well in this article.

Stephen Kneale reminds us that no matter how we evangelize (Open-air preaching, events-oriented, building relationships, tracts, door-to-door, etc.), at some point we’re going to have to actually share the gospel.

Every church has a liturgy, whether they know it or not. Stephen McAlpine has written a piece called “Liturgy for the Non-Liturgical Christian.” You should read it.

What are the marks of a church? Is your Bible study a church? Is your campus fellowship a church? When you get together with another believer at a coffee shop, is it a church? Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hills Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., answers those questions in an article that originally appeared in Tabletalk. Today’s broadly evangelical church has a weak doctrine of the church, and an article like this will help fix that problem.

The paperback book had an interesting origin. Atlas Obscura has the story. It’s an interesting read but it didn’t fit in my pocket.

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Lat Lord’s Day, I was privileged to hear Pastor Jeff Lacine of Sellwood Baptist Church preach on Matthew 26:17-35. Here is a summary of his sermon in one sentence: Will we hide our sins or will we expose them to the light of God’s grace and receive forgiveness?

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Last Lord’s Day, I was privileged to hear Pastor Art Azurdia of Trinity Church preach on John 1:1-2. What follows is my summary of his sermon in one sentence: Jesus Christ is the fully divine Son of God, and the closer we get to Him the bigger He gets.

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Two Sundays ago, I had the privilege of hearing Pastor Toby Beck of Evergreen Bible Church preach on Matthew 19:13-15. Here is my summary of his sermon in the space of one sentence: Children are valuable in God’s sight, which should motivate parents and others to gladly help them know God and glorify Him.

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Well-Driven Nails


The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

God used Ecclesiastes 11:3 to bring Him to salvation. Unusual, but true. Here’s a video of R.C. himself explaining it.

What’s going on with natural disasters? Eric Davis from Cripplegate provides a biblical answer. You can read it here. He calls the article “Nothing Out of the Ordinary” and he’s absolutely right.

Worshiping a golden calf on Sunday morning is a surprisingly easy thing to do. Read about it here. Something to think and pray about.

How should the church win souls? Burk Parsons, co-pastor of St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida, says we don’t have to look very far for the answer. God has given us the ordinary means for winning souls in His Word. You can read the article here.

Here’s a good question: “They serve gay clients, so why won’t they cater a same-sex wedding?” The answers are just as good in Josh Shepherd’s article by the same title in The Federalist. you can read it here.


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Having read the Nashville Statement carefully and with prayer, I gladly signed it. The statement represents the biblical teaching on human sexuality which the Christian church as held for two thousand years. In other words, there’s nothing new in it. It’s a reminder of God’s Law and a proclamation of His gospel.

Human identity and sexuality is widely misunderstood in our day. Homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism are only the start – there’s more to come. Because of that, a number of Christian scholars and leaders met in Nashville, Tennessee to write a statement that clearly presented the Christian position.

The need for a statement like this became apparent immediately as reactions began to roll in. The statement was panned, and even vilified, by many on the Left (and even some who consider themselves evangelical Christians), and praised by many on the Right. As the church, we need to think clearly on these issues, and the Nashville Statement is a good step in the right direction.

I use you to read the Nashville Statement here.

I would also suggest that you read a piece by Rosaria Butterfield on why she signed the Statement. You can read it here.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching my final sermon as Pastor of Cross Creek Bible Church on Romans 1:16-17. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: We are not ashamed of the gospel – believe it, preach it, and live out it’s consequences for God’s glory and our good!

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