A Generation of Opportunity

July 2, 2019 3:32 am

This is from the General Assembly message, last Thursday. What a generation we live in – a generation of great opportunity! 42% of the world’s population is under 25, half in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The median age of the global population is 28. The average Christian in the world is not male but female, not white but brown or black, third-world, not first-world…and far more Pentecostal than Presbyterian. The “average” Christian in the world today is a 22-year old brown female. She has not been to a Passion conference; she has not read CS Lewis or Christianity Today;... Read this post

Saying ‘No Thanks’ to the Nashville Statement: Part Two

July 1, 2019 1:34 pm

When I first opened the Nashville Statement almost three years ago I did so with hopeful expectation. Given the lofty reputation of many of the document’s original signers, I was confident that a comprehensive Statement would be offered, proving helpful to many. While much of what I read was very good, I was shocked by the Statement’s silence. I immediately looked for a note of humility, acknowledging the church’s failure to lovingly make Christ known in its ministry to LGBTQ people, often engaging personally and as congregations in behaviors that were demeaning. Beginning with repentance for the log in one’s... Read this post

Saying ‘No Thanks’ to the Nashville Statement: Part One

June 30, 2019 12:54 pm

In its General Assembly last week the PCA voted to commend the Nashville Statment as a Faithful and Biblical summary of Christan teaching on human sexuality. I have many reasons why I believe this was a mistake and I will outline those in brief over the next few days. First of all, the PCA simply has no need to take up the Nashville Statement at all and should’ve simply ignored it. Why? Let us imagine that once upon a time an inter-denominational group of Evangelical leaders met in a major US city to craft a ‘Statement’ consisting of affirmations and... Read this post

Pentecost and Prayer

June 12, 2019 1:32 pm

We’ve just celebrated Pentecost Sunday. So much can be said about this great event in our history, but let me focus on the issue of prayer. “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together... Read this post

Feast of Ascension

May 30, 2019 12:40 pm

The Risen One has ascended on high and is enthroned in splendor at the Fathers right hand. One of ours is on the Throne of God. He who eschewed power so that he might serve and suffer has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. The scepter of his kingdom holds sway in the Church and over all the cosmos. Angels bow and all heaven cries out, “Holy!” before his throne. His first Royal Act was to pour out the Spirit in his Church and while Pentecost – which we celebrate ten days from now – cannot be... Read this post

Prayer and Compost

May 7, 2019 12:26 pm

Prayer on the Third Day of the Week And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. – Genesis 1:11-13 When I gave my compost bin a spin today the door... Read this post


May 7, 2019 12:23 pm

“The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: ‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God’s When... Read this post

The Revival We Don’t Need

May 5, 2019 8:29 pm

If by “revival” you mean MORE of the kind of Christianity and Church culture we see right now, a culture in Reformed circles that so disconnects profession of truth from the true possession of Christ that a man can offer a cogent confession of the Faith while shooting up a synagogue in a murderous hail of bullets; a culture that fears and loathes identifying its complicity in a racist past and labels those who care for the outcasts as cultural Marxists; a culture that prides itself on theological precision but is not sure how to talk about or embrace the... Read this post

The Indispensable Heart of the Christian Message

April 30, 2019 2:41 am

At the heart of the Christian message are the explosive words of Jesus as he died on a Roman cross in the first century. “It is finished!” he exclaimed (John 19:30)—and at those words, the earth shook, time as we know it split in two, and the relationship between God and people changed forever. In essence, “It is finished” was Jesus’s own declaration that the debt his people owed for their treason against God had been completely satisfied by his perfect life and sacrificial death. Their debt was paid in full. In his love for us, he paid the penalty... Read this post

Suppose You Had an Awful Father

February 27, 2019 3:19 pm

I’m not an especially good traveler, especially on long fights. One of the wilder experiences I’ve ever had was a flight from New York to Tel Aviv, on which numerous children were very active and very loud. As I tried to get some rest, I was annoyed by one little boy in particular who kept running up and down the aisle, yelling at the top of his lungs, “Abba! Abba!” I remember thinking that his parents ought to get him under control, that his sheer delight in seeking out their attention was driving everyone else a little crazy. Of course,... Read this post