Three Reasons Why Christians Should Reject #BlackLivesMatter – Christian Article

On May 25th 2020, the video of the mistreatment and subsequent death of George Floyd was a bombshell that rocked our nation. Within hours of the video that surfaced with officer Derek Chauvin on the neck of George Floyd, protests and subsequent city-wide riots broke out in Minneapolis and eventually, throughout the nation. Organizers of these protests continue to use the #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM hashtag as they call for justice in the case of Floyd. Black Lives Matter was born…

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Why Expository Preaching Is Jesus Centered – Christian Article

At the center of Christian worship stands the pulpit. Anything less than authentic Christian preaching causes enormous and catastrophic problems in the life of the local church. The first mark of an authentic church is expository preaching. When substitutes are made upon the preaching of holy Scripture in attempt to become relevant, cool, and attractive to the culture—the church becomes less than authentic. By way of summary, expository preaching is a verse-by-verse approach whereby the preacher sequentially works through books…

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God Saves Confused Sinners Who Cannot Save Themselves – Christian Article

Recently, in my men’s group, we were reading George Swinnock on the subject of holiness and he writes the following vivid description of the depraved sinner. He writes, “They run as fast as if they feared that hell would be full before they came thither” (The Christian Mans Calling, Vol. 1, Chapter IX, 76). So it seems that unsaved people are so committed to sin that they worry that they might lose a seat in hell. When it comes to…

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Looking Beyond the Frowning Providence in the COVID-19 Pandemic – Christian Article

Few things make me more nervous and angered simultaneously than hearing evangelical speakers talk about how God told them something in a secret non-canonical manner that’s outside of the realm of holy Scripture. During this global COVID-19 pandemic such talk has arisen once again and it’s primarily centered upon the idea that God is judging his Church and calling us to repentance. Could God be using this pandemic as a form of judgment? Sure. However, if we explore the secret…

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Incomplete Worship in a Season of Social Distancing – Christian Article

The very first time we see the term church used in the New Testament is when Jesus said to Peter, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18). The English word church is the translation of a Greek term, “ekklesia” which means, “a called out assembly.” The term can have a couple of meanings in reference to God’s people. For instance, it can be centered on the universal church (or as…

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Why Read the Puritans? – Christian Article

As a pastor I am often asked for recommendations on books and specific authors to read. Often, I point people to the Puritans. In fact, I lead a men’s group in our church and we meet for bagels and coffee on Tuesday mornings, and the book we’re currently reading is The Works of George Swinnock Vo. 1. Sometimes people will respond to me by stating that the Puritans are a bit of a challenge to read with their long sentence…

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The Essential Mark of Christian Hospitality – Christian Article

If you were asked to list biblical marks of a true Christian, what would your list look like? There are certain marks that should point to an inward conversion—one such mark is hospitality. If you were to talk to many Christians about the fruit of a believer, you would often hear about a love for the Bible, an affection for the local church, a passion to reach unbelievers with the gospel, the use of spiritual gifts within the local church,…

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Dear Church—Please Don’t Overlook or Undervalue the Young – Christian Article

In a recent article, I pointed out why the local church should not overlook or undervalue the elderly. Today, I want to address another group that can be overlooked or in some cases the basis of frustration within the local church. Interestingly enough, it’s the young ones—sometimes even the youngest of all. We are living in a time in history where children are undervalued and often avoided. “When Virgin Voyages debuts its first ship in 2020, it will sail without…

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The Power of a Word for a Denomination – Christian Article

Never underestimate the power of a word. Words can usher in worlds of unspeakable joy or become the catalyst of immense pain. Whether we know it or not, our life depends on words in order to function. We review instructions for food preparation as we pre-heat the oven, examine a bottle of prescription medication for instructions, review road signs as we navigate the highway, and read a contract before we sign on the dotted line. Words matter in the world…

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New Documentary: Spirit & Truth – Christian Article

Recently, I had the privilege to watch the new documentary Spirit & Truth and I want to explain why you should take time to watch it yourself.  The Necessity of Worship As followers of Christ, we are called to worship God. Worship is not something that’s optional. God has created us as beings who will worship God or something else. When we pause to consider the necessity of worship—that God has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light…

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The Meticulous Providence of God – Christian Article

In recent days, I’ve thought much about the providence of God. Why did God allow a doctor to be on the street at the specific intersection in Edinburgh, Scotland at the precise moment of my daughter’s diabetic seizure? That moment has promoted my examination of a thousand other daily occurrences that have caused me to explore the deep wells of God’s divine providence. Thomas Watson writes, in his A Body of Divinity, “There is no such thing as blind fate,…

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Two Church Votes—One was Joyful and the Other was Sorrowful—Both Resulted in Tears – Christian Article

If you’ve been a member within a local church for any length of time, you know that being engaged with a church family has both highs and lows associated with it—much like your nuclear family.  This past week, as we gathered for our quarterly membership meeting, we reviewed items of business and heard from various pastors within our church on ministry reports and important service opportunities that are approaching on the horizon.  What came next were two conclusive church votes,…

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All of Life to the Glory of God – Christian Article

  We are often introduced to the Puritans through the lens of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter. However, if your view of the Puritans is centered on a group of religious people who were hunting down witches—you don’t know the Puritans at all. In the documentary PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God you will walk through the hallways of history to discover this group of people who sought to purify the Church of England and would eventually flee…

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