Pelagianism and the Lord’s Supper

Movies build strong cases based in sympathetic and engaging storytelling supported by convincing acting, powerful emotional suggestion through music and the accessory trappings of set and effects. A film plot often carries us along so effectively that apart from decided critical analysis we can be brought to the point of fully condoning the conclusion of a matter without even considering ...

The Tithe is the Lord’s

The tithe in Scripture is an essential element for building Christian culture. In our time it has been separated from its biblical doctrine and synchronized with the modern cultural traditions of non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. As a society, we have accepted oppressive humanistic forms of economics and forgotten the liberating economics of Godś kingdom. A right understanding of Godś ...

Congregational Worship

Congregational worship — specifically music — is a hot topic in churches. Everyone has an opinion. The important thing to remember is that we don’t define worship. God defines worship. A few weeks ago I explored the following aspects of congregational worship at my church. Man Was Created to Be a Creature of Worship The whole purpose of our existence ...

The Nature of Love

In the first epistle of John I believe we have the most comprehensive and simple expression in all of scripture of love conquering sin and what this means for the Christian. The image is beautiful and John paints it over and over and argues it from every angle. He exhausts us with his passion for the conquering love of God. ...

Christ in Barrenness

Each one of us tends to cradle our burdens as our very own. We cherish our pain as if it belongs to us. We reap the fruits of suffering as if it is to our credit to endure. We recount our stories as if they were about us. I have heard these things said of parents in how they think ...

12 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Church

This Lord’s Day starts the week of our annual Thanksgiving Day tradition. It’s commonplace to share or reflect on things for which we’re grateful. With that in mind, I’ve compiled several thoughts and comments enumerating twelve reasons I’m thankful for my church. 1. We do battle together. As iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. If we are to be sharpened we ...

A Short Catechism about Baptism

By John Tombes, B.D., 1659 Edited by Kurtis Amundson To the Christian Reader, Many are the things at this day charged on antipaedobaptists in their doctrine and practice, which have been proved to be unjustly imputed to them, by many large treatises extant in print. For a more facile understanding of the truth than by reading larger tracts, is this ...

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