Category Archives: Christian Living

Avoid the Language of “Already, and Not Yet”

Since I have been deeply involved in the eschatology debate for over ten years, had some of my works published in other eschatology websites, interviewed postmillennial authors, and have been in the healthy business of proselytizing premils to the postmil … Continue reading

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A Father’s Day Exhortation

Happy Father’s Day! There is a hunger out there. It is not a hunger for food, money, power; it is a hunger for fathers. This is what Douglas Wilson referred to as “Father Hunger.” Sons and daughters are craving for … Continue reading

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Creating our Idols

Human beings are a marketable people. Those who shop around for us see our lifestyles and develop an entire strategy aimed at purchasing our wants at an exceedingly rapid speed. But not only are we easily bought, we are also … Continue reading

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Why am I Angry?

Why am I angry? Why do I lose control so often? How can I change? These are all questions we have considered. We don’t have to ponder too long before we realize that anger has made a home in our … Continue reading

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The Ascension of our Lord: A Brief Introduction

The Church celebrates the Ascension of our Lord this Thursday. Since most churches are not able to have Thursday services, traditionally many of them celebrate Ascension on Sunday. The Ascension of Jesus is barely mentioned in the evangelical vocabulary. We … Continue reading

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Why Ministers Leave

The typical pastor stays in a church for 3.6 years. This does not seem to offer much hope for any long-term vision for a local parish. Planning ahead seems futile from the outset. This discouraging number stems from a variety … Continue reading

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My Sheep Hear My Voice: The Hope of the Addict

I just received a book from a man I have never met, but who sought me a few years ago. He had written a book about his journey from addiction to non-addiction. I phrase it in those words because there … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Lectionary Preaching

When I arrived at my local congregation in Pensacola we were using the Revised Common Lectionary. The RCL is a fine Lectionary and provides a wonderful tour of the Scriptures in a three year cycle. But as time went on … Continue reading

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Dave Hunt Dies

I had the opportunity to meet Dave Hunt on a couple of occasions. I sat attentively in one of his talks where he opposed Calvinism. If my memory serves me right, he said something like this: I was amazed at … Continue reading

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The Brothers Karamazov and the Apostle Thomas

In the compelling narrative of The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky  elaborates a little, but beautifully on Thomas’ encounter with our Lord: The Apostle Thomas said that he would not believe till he saw, but when he did see he said, “My Lord and my God!” … Continue reading

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Should Reformed People Read N.T. Wright?

It doesn’t happen quite often, but once in a while when I recommend a book or a quote by N.T. Wright on facebook, I will receive a question that goes something like this: “Do you approve of N.T. Wright? Do … Continue reading

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Lent, Ligon Duncan, and Legalism

Collin Hansen wrote an article for the Gospel Coalition entitled Should You Cancel Good Friday? which has brought to the attention of many a conversation they have never had before. What is Lent? Why celebrate it? As a committed Protestant, I am committed to … Continue reading

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Evening of Goodness, Truth, and Beauty at Trinitas Christian School

Dr. George Grant exhorted and encouraged us this evening to conquer the world. This remarkably titanic vision, he argued, is actually grounded in the prayer our Lord taught us: “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” We … Continue reading

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Exhortation: Series on Church Covenant, Part II

We come to our second part of our Church Covenant, which states: We purpose to watch over one another in brotherly love, to remember one another in prayer, to help one another in sickness and distress, and to cultivate Christian … Continue reading

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In Defiance of God: Inhaling the Poisonous Gas

This morning a group of us from Micah 6:8 joined to read Scriptures and pray at the only abortion clinic in Pensacola. It was a short time of reading and prayer. As the cold weather froze our bodies we realized that we … Continue reading

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Brothers, We Should Stink!

Thabiti Anyabwile is at it again. According to Thabiti: These days pastoral ministry has become more glamorous, fabulous, fashionable than ever. We hear nowadays of pastors driving expensive cars or being chauffeured, owning private jets, and living in opulent mansions. Once … Continue reading

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On Charity

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (Proverbs 11:24 ESV) On the matter of charity, there is no doubt that the best use of charity is done locally. Who … Continue reading

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The Tangibility of Worldviews

George Grant writes in the foreword to Angels in the Architecture that a “worldview is as practical as garden arbors, public manners, whistling at work, dinner-time rituals, and architectural angels (14).” For all the great resurgence of worldview thinking in our day, … Continue reading

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Easily Offended?

Frank Viola illustrates how easily Christians are offended: When I think about such things, the image I get is that of the Lord Jesus Christ descending from the heavens in great glory with a plethora of heavenly angels, returning to … Continue reading

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Spiritual Depression

My first and initial reading of Lloyd-Jones’s classic Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure elaborate on this trend. Lloyd-Jones asserts that a “depressed Christian is a contradiction in terms, and he is a very poor recommendation for the gospel (11).” In other words, he … Continue reading

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How Can I Love the Church?

This type of wisdom from parishioners makes pastors rejoice. Tolle Lege! Please take the time and read this entire piece. 1) Read the Word: Our minds are renewed by the reading of His Word, and that renewal includes transforming those selfish … Continue reading

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Divine Butler and Cosmic Therapist

A post by Melinda Penner in 2005 reminded me of the great responsibility pastors have to project and express a biblical view of life and the world. According to a 2005 study: Most religious youth couldn’t coherently express their beliefs and … Continue reading

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Lent and the 5th Commandment

Toby Sumpter offers some insights into the 5th commandment. Here is his conclusion: It is true that parents must teach their children to honor and obey them. But that is only practice for honoring and obeying God. The ultimate aim … Continue reading

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Are You Going to Church on Christmas?

My good friend, Steve Wilkins, has already written a few insightful thoughts on the subject. It is not hard to find churches all over the country cancelling Christmas Sunday. In many ways this is a theological travesty. The celebration of Christmas … Continue reading

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Painters Plus in Pensacola, Florida

Honoring others is becoming a lost art, but Paul says in I Thessalonians 5 that honoring those in the congregation is part of our calling. Allow me to honor a dear friend and parishioner, Mark Price.  Mark has endured over these … Continue reading

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Worship and Culture

If people worship God according to his Word—i.e., have a consciousness of following his Word in their worship—then their culture will reflect that. For if we honor the Lord in his worship—being careful to follow his Word then we would … Continue reading

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Fitting In…

Randy Booth writes: It is common to hear some church members complain that they just don’t “fit in,” and they are usually right. The question is, why don’t they fit in?” Are they expecting everyone else to conform to their … Continue reading

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Separation and the Scornful, and Psalm 1

I touched on the subject of separation some time ago in this post, and I wanted to add a few more thoughts here. I noticed some twitter discussion on separation in the last few days, and earlier today a friend … Continue reading

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The Cup of Sorrow and Joy

I have been reading through Henri Nouwen’s Can you drink the cup? It is a powerful testimony to the different phases of Christian living. One day we may be toasting with a cup of joy and another day we may … Continue reading

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Jay Adams on Children’s Questions

Children often ask, “Where was God before He created the earth? How would you answer that question? Would you posit and try to define some sort of ethereal space for them? If so, you’d confuse them–and, to boot, wrongly teach. … Continue reading

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