A Pastor’s Thoughts

My Grandmother and Generational Mercy

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”  Proverbs 31:28 Nancy White entered into the joy of her Savior’s rest on the evening of July 31st, 2023. Her death was relatively sudden and unexpected. Her 96 descendants grieve our loss and will come together in a couple of... Continue Reading →

Faith like a Child

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” (Luke 18:16-17, KJV) Introduction What... Continue Reading →

Is Christian Nationalism Biblical?

The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is made up of the citizens of His kingdom which He has purchased to Himself by His blood. This truth must affect our view of the world around us, as it is by this truth that we live as pilgrims in a foreign land.

Strangers and Pilgrims

A fundamental question that every person on this earth is seeking an answer to this: Where do I belong? Where is my home? Where do I fit in? This is one reason why the LGBT movement gained so much popularity in such a short amount of time; it provided a “home” to multitudes of young... Continue Reading →

A Husband’s Prayer

George Swinnock (1627–1673) I pray that my love to my wife may be like Christ’s to His church, as well in its goodness as in its greatness; I mean, that my chiefest endeavor may be that she may be sanctified and cleansed and at last be presented to the blessed and beautiful bridegroom, a gracious... Continue Reading →

Why Advocate for the Received Text?

The following is the contribution to "Why I Preach from the Recieved Text: An Anthology of Essays by Reformed Ministers" by Joshua White As a Reformed Baptist Pastor, I am often asked the question, “Why do you advocate for and use translations based on the Received Text?” To be certain, I fully understand why the... Continue Reading →

The Christian and the World

I. C. Herendeen Love not the world...the world passeth away, and the lust thereof. —1 John 2:15, 17 Be not conformed to this world.—Romans 12:2 Come out from among them, and be ye separate.—2 Corinthians 6:17 The Christian is plagued by three great, powerful and subtle enemies—“the world, the flesh, and the devil.” They are... Continue Reading →

Self-Examination: A Short Directory

Thomas Wilcox (1621-1687) Directory for the great, necessary, and advantageous duty of self-examination, whereby a serious Christian may every evening examine himself. Questions relating to religious exercises Have I had any sensible communion with God in the exercise? Have I not neglected my private nor my family duties? Have I not omitted reading the Word... Continue Reading →

Heal Rather than Deepen Divisions

by James Durham (1622-1658) Introduction by Matthew Vogan We live in a time of deepening and widening divisions, and the church of Jesus Christ is not exempt. Churches are vulnerable to fractures from doctrinal and practical disagreements, misunderstandings, and sin. Christians’ deeply held concerns become the occasion for many potential and actual divisions. Especially when... Continue Reading →

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