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.
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 →
Wine or Grape Juice?
What is the biblical substance to be used in the cup during the observance of the Lord’s Supper by His church? It is incredible to see the number of articles and blogs on this very subject. Some helpful, most are not. The reason for the debate stems in large part from reactionism to the temperance... Continue Reading →
A Gospel Lens and Old Testament Law
There seems to be a growing amount of confusion in regard to the law of God. Many are not willing to admit to their confusion, or they are not able to recognize their own uncertainty. I understand the confusion of thought concerning the law and yet there ought to be little of it in any... Continue Reading →
Why the Fuss?
With the issues that face the church, are the historic stands for biblical baptism and the Lord's Supper unwise for us to take today? Over the past couple of months I have been seeing a disturbing trend of thought with subsequent declarations within conservative and reformed circles of western evangelicalism. These declarations go something like... Continue Reading →
Law of Love
“And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.” -1Thessalonians 3:12-13 In the Scriptures... Continue Reading →
A Doctrine of Tribulation
For your consideration. As most of you know, I am an enthusiastic reader of history and have been since I learned to read at the ripe old age of five years old. As a pastor, this enthusiasm for history has been directed at church history. Of course, any study of church history must begin with... Continue Reading →
Thankful for All Things
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1Th 5:18)." Giving thanks in all things is something that is tremendously difficult for people to do. I, myself, have to be reminded of the fact that the posture of the follower of Christ Jesus is to be one... Continue Reading →
The Internet, Social Media, and Spiritual Growth
When it comes to theological and doctrinal differences within the church, there is a growing number of Christians who rely upon social media posts and pages to “bolster” their understanding and debate prowess concerning such issues as soteriology, ecclesiology, eschatology, and textual criticism. In the “reformed” world there are a number of individuals who have... Continue Reading →
Ineffective Ministry Due to What?!
I have recently heard it said (again), and parroted on the theological bastion that is social media, that those who defend the use of what is commonly called the Received Text are part of a very small fringe group that are no more than kin to King James only advocates. It has also been said... Continue Reading →