Preaching: A Review
Feb20

Preaching: A Review

Mark Dever rightly notes, “Right preaching of God’s word is central to the church’s worship, forming its basis and core.”[1] It is the main role and responsibility of an elder of the local church to study and preach God’s Word. Paul tells young Timothy to “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2) and to “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim....

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The Family Life of the Christian Leader: A Book Review
Jan09

The Family Life of the Christian Leader: A Book Review

Part of the task of the pastor is not only to mine out unfamiliar truths for his people, which is indispensable (Mt. 28:18-19; 2 Tim. 2:15, 3:16; Heb. 4:12), but also to call them to remember truths that they already knew to be true. Part of the human condition is that we suffer from a certain “spiritual amnesia,” forgetting the vital truths of God in our lives and regressing into the nature of our old self. Therefore, the pastor,...

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The Church and Home: Partners and Parallels (Part II)
Nov21

The Church and Home: Partners and Parallels (Part II)

In last Monday’s post, we investigated what family ministry looks like in the home. We considered what the Bible says about the nuclear family, and how that theological truth affects our homes. However, family ministry does not stop there. While we may experience the most wonderful family worship in between the four walls of our homes, we’re missing an important component if our families and we are not integrated into the life of the...

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The Church and Home: Partners and Parallels
Nov14

The Church and Home: Partners and Parallels

The Christian faith is no stranger to family. After all, we walk into church to greet Brother so-and-so, and his wife, Sister so-and-so, even though we can’t trace any biological heritage to these close Christian friends. It soon becomes apparent that the Gospel has connected Christians in such a deep way that can be described only in familial terms. When Jesus is alerted to his mother and brothers’ presence during his public...

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Are You Ministering to Humans?
Aug22

Are You Ministering to Humans?

In the 1982 blockbuster Blade Runner, (or its literary precursor Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, is assigned to track down bio-engineered replicates and “retire” them—that is, kill them. Of course, the duplicates and humans look and sound exactly the same. The only way to distinguish between a human person and a facsimile is to use a test, the Voight-Kampff, which focuses on their...

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