Since I'm the pastor of a Reformation church where there are very few Reformed churches, one question I get is, "Why do you baptize children? Are you Roman Catholic?" The short answer is no, we're not at all Roman Catholic, we're Reformed. We baptize children because we're a Reformed church. All Reformed/Presbyterian churches baptize infants, not just ours. … Continue reading Children, Church, New Covenant: Not Narrower, but Wider
In a pastoral way, I feel sorry for Christians who sit under preaching that doesn't clearly, consistently, and convictingly discuss sin (total depravity, radical corruption, etc.). If you think about it from a human perspective, I can understand why one might avoid the topic of sin, for it is hard to hear that our anger, lust,… Continue reading Why Preach/Teach Sin?
I'm surprised how many times I hear people speak negatively about a pastor's seminary education - as if knowledge is deadly to the soul (or ignorance is bliss). Of course, this sentiment is a common American one that goes way back to the early frontier days of circuit preachers. Billy Sunday even said, "I don't know… Continue reading Jack Rabbits and Ping-Pong
John Bunyan lists several ways to grow in the knowledge of Christ's love. One is to know by the law that we are sinners. Another is to know that our own righteousness is worthless in justification. Yet one more is to know the difference between the law and the gospel: "If you want to know… Continue reading To Know the Love of Christ…
In his 1000+ page discussion of the Christian's armor, Puritan William Gurnall (d. 1679) explained how Satan tries to wreck the faith of a Christian. Among those many ways, one of them is to get the Christian hung up on scrupulous questions. Specifically, sometimes Satan torments the Christian by asking how he knows his election. Here's Gurnall's… Continue reading Satan and Election: Faith’s Fights