A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

Here's an excellent prayer by John Calvin for genuine Christian unity. As we look forward to corporate worship on the Lord's Day tomorrow, may this be our prayer: Grant, Almighty God, that as we are so scattered in our pilgrimage in this world, that even a dreadful spectacle is presented to our eyes, when we… Continue reading A Prayer for Christian Unity (Calvin)

Unity, Patience, and Charity (Alison)

Francis Alison (d. 1779) was the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia who was also a professor at an academy there in Philadelphia. Alison preached a sermon on Ephesians 4:4-7 before the Synod of New York and Philadelphia 1n 1758 as the divided Presbyterian church was discussing the Plan of Union. The following quote… Continue reading Unity, Patience, and Charity (Alison)

The Lovely Fruit of Good Teaching (Baugh)

In the opening words of Paul's first letter to Timothy, he reminds his young colleague of the aim or telos of the apostles' teaching: love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith (1 Tim. 1:5 NET). The false teachers in Ephesus neither taught nor practiced these things. But Paul… Continue reading The Lovely Fruit of Good Teaching (Baugh)

Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

Revelation 7:9-10 is a beautiful passage that describes the church triumphant: After these things I looked, and here was an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches… Continue reading Biblical Unity in Diversity (Linne)

Embracing A New “We” (Linne)

Have you ever heard of or used the term "first family?" I've heard that term used to describe our Christian church family. The body of Christ - the household of God - is the Christian's "first family." Christians are brothers and sisters in the Lord. Sometimes when we take up our cross and follow Jesus,… Continue reading Embracing A New “We” (Linne)