He that prays only when he prays with others, would not pray at all, were it not that the eyes of others are upon him. He that will not pray where none but God see him, manifestly doth not pray at all out of respect for God, or regard to his all-seeing eye, and therefore doth in effect cast off prayer.
Friday, August 20, 2010 in Church & Education
Edifying Discussion and Publications
Lately I’ve been tuning into the discussion over at White Horse Inn. They feature a radio show program, available to listen online, with discussion on various important topics within Christendom. The main characters are Michael Horton, Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, Ken Jones, and Dr. Kim Riddlebarger. They typically invite an expert speaker to come and discuss a particular topic and then they all join in discussion. The speakers are excellent and Michael Horton asks excellent questions.
I found many of these discussion to be very edifying and helpful. Even though these guys have reformed backgrounds, the show is not overtly reformed in the sense that they are bent on pushing Calvinism or reformed doctrine. Their primary concern is the strengthening and edification of the people of God. They are concerned with promoting discernment of the ideas and teachings floating around us and helping Christians to stay on track as followers of Jesus Christ.
White Horse Inn also works to publish the Modern Reformation magazine. I have subscribed to this magazine and it is among the best magazines for Christians to read. The articles are relevant and applicable to Christians today. The articles are well written accessible to a wide audience.
White Horse Inn and Modern Reformation are my top picks for must-have information to be digested by Christians. Check it out!
Friday, July 02, 2010 in Christian Living & Fellowship
The Subjects, Nature, Means and Purposes of it.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. ” (John 17:20–23, ESV)
People come to church for a variety of reasons. Some people wish to bring some sort of spirituality to an otherwise secular and wordly lifestyle. Others desire to be fed with spiritual truths and experience a closeness to God. Some seek religious experiences and the excitement of worship in a charismatic setting. Some people desire a private religion in the comfort of their own home, keeping their relationship with God a personal and private matter. Others simply come because they think it’s the right thing to do, even though they do no believe a word of what they hear.
Fortunately, we can turn to the Scriptures to find out what Jesus would want of his believers who gather. In this section of Scripture, Jesus makes known his primary concern and desire that we be in perfect unity.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Church & Ministry
Videos on Vimeo
The videos are now available for the sessions of the 2010 gathering of a group of excellent pastors from various denominations coming together for the sake of the Gospel. That good news of God that traverses denominational boundaries. These guys are uncompromising on the essentials and gracious about their differences. And they all, for the most part, have very good and solid teaching.
Together for the Gospel (T4G): Videos on Vimeo
Saturday, February 13, 2010 in Church & History
Liberalism & Unitarianism
Do you believe that God has given you the moral capacity to choose or reject Christ on your own free-will using human reason alone? You might be surprised where the roots of such thinking in this country began.
Thursday, January 14, 2010 in Christian Living & Discipleship
Taking the Log Out of Our Own Eye First
People easily express their dissatisfaction with the way the government handles education, or poverty. I’ve had many lunch room conversations where this sentiment is expressed with conviction and vigor. Yet, it is equally common that these same people do nothing about the situation. Charles Spurgeon, a famous preacher from the 19th century, once said it this way in one of his sermons.
Sunday, January 10, 2010 in Church & Reformation
The Reason for Starting Today's Reformer
Why did I start a web-site called “Today’s Reformer”? I’ve been wanting to start writing about spiritual topics that have Christian focus and are important for today’s Christian. There are many leaders both Christian and secular who are noticing the decay of American Evangelicalism. At the same time, there has been an increased interest in Reformed theology worldwide.1