Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

The kind folks at "The John Newton Project" recently sent me a sample of some of the work that they've been doing: transcribing Newton's handwritten diaries for publication. I've been blessed and encouraged by Newton's other writings, and so far these diaries have also been wonderful to read. You can learn more at "www.johnnewton.org". This… Continue reading Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

Sabbath: The First Day of the Week

Why has the Christian church historically called Sunday “the Lord’s Day” or “The Christian Sabbath?”  Why do we meet for worship on the first day of the week, and rest on it?  William Ames explains this well in his Marrow of Theology (II.XV.27-29): “Divine not human authority has now changed the last day of the… Continue reading Sabbath: The First Day of the Week

A Prelude to Apostasy: Habitual Avoidance of Public Worship

Sadly, some Christians do not make it a habit or custom to regularly worship God together with other Christians.  For various reasons (a majority of them sinful!) some Christians simply skip corporate worship Lord’s Day after Lord’s Day.  Scripture is clear, however: God’s people must regularly worship him with others!  Hebrews 10:25 talks about “not… Continue reading A Prelude to Apostasy: Habitual Avoidance of Public Worship

Sunday and the Small Church

NOTE: This is a slightly edited repost from May 26, 2009. Here's some great stuff from Preaching and Worship in the Small Church by Willimon and Wilson (Nashville: Abigdon, 1980).  In this section (chapter three), Willimon and Wilson write about the primary activity of the small church: Sunday worship. The authors first lament the fact… Continue reading Sunday and the Small Church

The 7th Day Sabbath: Buried in Christ’s Grave

I’ve been reading through Joseph Pipa’s helpful book, The Lord’s Day, and I ran across this amazing quote by Geerhardus Vos.  I’ve read it before, but I forgot its depth.  While there are a handful of biblical arguments against a Christian seventh day Sabbath, I believe the argument from redemptive history is one of the… Continue reading The 7th Day Sabbath: Buried in Christ’s Grave