When Less Becomes More

With each new day of the coronavirus crisis, we are being faced with challenges we never would have anticipated just a few weeks ago and forced to make decisions we’re not thrilled about. As each new day breaks with a presidential news conference, an update on the coronavirus numbers, and another layer of guidelines andContinue reading “When Less Becomes More”

How the news coverage of Tiger Wood’s adultery illustrates some not-so-randomly-connected truth

I know that this has become “old news” already, but I’ve been trying not to waste the lessons of the scandal from a few weeks ago. I have prayed for the Lord to soften my own heart and be sanctified by the news of the sin of another. I have no stones to throw, exceptContinue reading “How the news coverage of Tiger Wood’s adultery illustrates some not-so-randomly-connected truth”

Do I think that movies like Avatar are too pagan for Christians to watch?

Someone emailed me with that question this week. I’m posting our exchange here in the hope that you’ll find my answer helpful. Pastor Scott, I, too, am a recovering fundamentalist. So I really have enjoyed your web sites and the focus of your church. I would like your take on a topic that has meContinue reading “Do I think that movies like Avatar are too pagan for Christians to watch?”

I said, “America is not a Christian nation”, but here’s a clarification

In my sermon this past Sunday, I said this: America is not a Christian nation. In fact, there’s never been any such thing as a Christian nation. There has been a Jewish nation, which was a theocracy. But never has there ever been anything like that since then. America has never been in a covenant with God likeContinue reading “I said, “America is not a Christian nation”, but here’s a clarification”

I often feel like Spurgeon did about his preaching

That is, to get to stand and preach Christ each week is a privilege beyond description, but I often feel terribly inadequate for the task. This makes me deeply appreciative for your prayers for me as I stand each week to preach. I couldn’t have expressed this struggle any better: It is a long time sinceContinue reading “I often feel like Spurgeon did about his preaching”

What I would have said about the Lord’s Supper if I’d had time…

After last Sunday’s sermon (Removing the Obstacles of Legalism from Taking the Lord’s Supper), I’ve been amazed at how many people have shared with me how they have struggled with taking the Lord’s Supper. The guilt, the unworthiness, even the fear and dread of taking it. On the one hand, I’m glad that people takeContinue reading “What I would have said about the Lord’s Supper if I’d had time…”

They Keep Crawling Down

Do you ever struggle with a recurring sin? One that, just when you think you’ve got it conquered for good, manifests itself once again, to your surprise and frustration? And you think, “I can’t believe I did that. Where did that come from? Why do I keep doing that?” It’s discouraging, isn’t it? Well, here’sContinue reading “They Keep Crawling Down”

Maybe You Think They Went Too Far, But Maybe They Didn’t.

Maybe we haven’t gone far enough. Ian D. Campbell writes at the Reformation21 blog: Some of today’s Scottish newspapers are running a story about our local school’s girls’ football team. Against all the odds, they beat off older teams from larger schools all over Scotland, to reach the final of a national tournament sponsored byContinue reading “Maybe You Think They Went Too Far, But Maybe They Didn’t.”

God’s Joy – in a Bird

While I was praying this morning a bird kept singing outside my window. It sounded so joyful. As I listened and enjoyed the song, it made me realize that God even gives joy to birds – birds that, as Scripture sometimes describes the animals, “as having no understanding.” (e.g. the ostrich in Job 39:13-17) WeContinue reading “God’s Joy – in a Bird”