Pastor's Blog (Page 5)

Pastor's Blog (Page 5)

(Not) The “Only Perfect Church”

These are the words of Bill Legg, a member of Reformation Presbyterian Church (who also happens to be Baptist in his theology!). I pass them along for no other reason than they were some of the most encouraging words I have heard in the whole time I’ve served in pastoral ministry. “I am not a pastor/elder in my church. So, I am not speaking on behalf of my church. I am a man under authority, not with authority. I am…

Cultivating Hospitality

I commend to you a new post at “Outward OPC” on the connection between hospitality and evangelism. Hospitality is an expression of the love of God for sinners in Jesus Christ. It involves far more than opening our hearts and homes to others–it is part of our growth in grace as we learn to show the kindness of God toward strangers. It is not a gift given only to “super-spiritual” Christians. Hospitality is a basic privilege and obligation of the Christian…

Ten Books for 2020

Every December, Reformed blogger Tim Challies posts his “Reading Challenge,” offering a creative approach to setting reading goals for the new year. The “2020 Reading Challenge” is now online and provides alternatives for readers ranging in voraciousness from “Light” to “Obsessed.” While I don’t plan to follow Challies’ reading program this year, I thought I’d share 10 books I’ve selected to read in 2020 and give reasons for each choice. I hope to read more books than these in the coming year…

Raising Children in the Covenant

I came across a wonderful article on raising covenant children written by Douglas Kelly and published in the Banner of Truth magazine over 40 years ago. The article is a distillation of the wisdom of Cotton Mather, from his treatise, Cares About the Nursery. To summarize, there are three essential ingredients to Christian parenting: the Bible, the Catechism, and the Sermon. While not in the foreground in the article, it seems worth pointing out that apart from the Spirit of…

How to Study Scripture

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). If you were the devil (or perhaps one of his unsalaried employees), what would your strategy be to keep people from studying the Bible? What lies would you tell them to turn their hearts away from God and His Word? Perhaps you…

Generational Christianity

“For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them…that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God” (Ps. 78:5-7). One of the marks of God’s people throughout covenant history has been the desire to pass the faith on…