Pastor's Blog (Page 2)

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Overture Approved by the Presbytery of the Southeast (OPC) at her Stated Meeting on April 2-3, 2021

Whereas “the Lord Jesus Christ, as King and Head of His church, hath therein appointed a government in the hand of church-officers distinct from the civil magistrate” (WCF 30:1), and that “there is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ” (Col. 1:18, Eph. 1:22, WCF 25:6); Whereas the following are contrary to Scripture and injurious to our Savior’s exclusive rights to dictate to the church when, where, and how she should meet, conduct her services, and…

Devoted to God: Chapter 3

In this chapter, Sinclair Ferguson introduces us to the theme of union and communion with Christ, which he calls “the heart of sanctification, the soul of devotion, and the strength of holiness” (p. 55). He does this by turning our attention to a single verse of Scripture, but one that is a mountaintop of the New Testament: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I…

Devoted to God: Chapter 2

“The gospel turns the duty of doing and experiencing God’s will into a delight.” These are the final words of this chapter of Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent book on sanctification, Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. What do you think about that statement? Does it surprise you to find the phrase “duty of doing” in the same sentence as the words “gospel” and “delight”? The purpose of this book is to set before us the pattern of the Scriptures as the mold by…

The Wonderful Works of God

One of the books I have committed to reading this year is The Wonderful Works of God, by Herman Bavinck. The book is Bavinck’s own abridgment of a much more thorough exposition of systematic theology, his four volume Reformed Dogmatics. Bavinck’s desire is to put a full textbook of the Christian faith into the hands of ordinary believers. The title of the book comes from Acts 2:11, which summarizes the testimony of the early church as a proclamation of “the wonderful works of God.”…

Ten Books for 2021

Every year in December, Christian blogger Tim Challies posts his annual “Reading Challenge,” with the goal of helping his followers set reading goals for the coming year. The 2021 Reading Challenge is now available and offers plans for readers of varying degrees of voraciousness. While I don’t plan to follow Challies’ reading program this year, I wanted to share a list of 10 books I’ve chosen to read in 2021 and offer some reasons for each selection. I hope to…

A Meditation for the Lord’s Day: December 27, 2020

  The situation would surely have been hopeless had the very majesty of God not descended to us, since it was not in our power to ascend to Him. Hence, it was necessary for the Son of God to become for us Immanuel, that is, God with us, and in such a way that His divinity and our human nature might by mutual connection grow together. Otherwise, the nearness would not have been near enough, nor the affinity sufficiently firm,…

A Meditation for the Lord’s Day: December 20, 2020

“The marvelous truth is, that being the Word, so far from being Himself contained by anything, He actually contained all things in Himself. In creation He is present everywhere, yet is distinct in being from it; ordering, directing, giving life to all, containing all, yet is He Himself the Uncontained, existing solely in His Father…Existing in a human body, to which He Himself gives life, He is still the Source of life to all the universe, present in every part…

God’s Sovereignty & Fear

A new playlist has been added to the RPC YouTube channel. The playlist title is “God’s Sovereignty & Fear.” You may access the first lesson at the link below. I plan to continue updating the playlist as new lessons are posted. Pastor Zaki is a personal friend of mine. I had the privilege of ministering together with him when I served as a pastoral intern at Covenant Community OPC in Greenville, South Carolina. He now serves as pastor of Redeemer…

Christian Duty in Times of Plague

Church history can be of great help to us as we try to understand our calling to faithful Christian living in the times in which we live. In particular, it is helpful to remind ourselves in the year 2020 that we are not the first generation of believers to experience an outbreak of infectious disease. What can we learn from Christians in the past about our duties to one another in the present? Scott Manetsch has written a very useful…

A Meditation for the Lord’s Day: December 13, 2020

Christ is the Image of God, the brightness of God’s glory, and the express image of His person (2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:3). In Christ, the invisible God has become visible. Whoever sees Him sees the Father (John 14:9). Whoever wants to know who God is and what He is must behold the Christ. As Christ is, such is the Father. Further, Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1 and Rev. 19:13). In Him the Father has…

The Blessedness of COVID-19

I had the privilege of interviewing a family for church membership today, together with another elder. During the interview, we learned what God has been doing in the hearts and lives of each member of the family. It was a family that has experienced the effects of COVID-19 very personally. The wife and mother of the family lost her mother to COVID back in March. And now, in December, the illness has swept through her own home, affecting her husband…

Devoted to God: Chapter 1

The first chapter of Devoted to God is called “The Ground-Plan.” It is here that Sinclair Ferguson sets out the blueprint of the book. He begins by challenging our assumptions about holiness. Perhaps we think we know what holiness is. We might think of holiness as either a set of actions we perform, or things we choose to refrain or abstain from. If this is our view of holiness, we are actually defining holiness in reference to ourselves and what we do…