Ten Posts from 2019
Thank you for joining us at reformation21, where we strive to encourage biblical thinking and holy living. As we look forward to the year ahead, here are ten articles that you may have missed in 2019:
10. Adam Parker, The Pastor as Hourly Employee?
Elders, are you watching every move your pastor makes? Do you require him to account for each hour spent in ministry? You might be trying to help your pastor grow and mature... but you might also be running him out of your church.
9. William Castro, 1 Corinthians 14:34: Did God Really Say...?
"As in all the churches of the saints, women should keep silent in the churches." What does this actually mean? William Castro explains four different interpretations and evaluates their merits.
8. Jonathan Cruse, A Heavenly Appetizer
Jesus told us to partake in the Supper in remembrance of Him. Yet many Christians miss the full significance of this sacrament: We are actually communing with Jesus by His Spirit, receiving a foretaste of what lies ahead.
7. Lisa Robinson Spencer, On Platt and Priorities
Last summer, some Christians voiced their concerns when pastor David Platt prayed over President Trump. But as Lisa Spencer argues, Platt's prayer may reveal his prioritization of the Gospel over his own political preferences.
6. Aaron Denlinger, Against Open Doors
The Bible has much to say when it comes to making important decisions, yet some of us still chase vague notions of what we think God is leading us to do. Perhaps we'd do better to listen to what God has said, rather than looking for what He has not.
4. Richard Phillips, Keeping Desire and Temptation in Their Place
Jesus was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15). This is a tremendous comfort, but it also raises questions about the relationship between temptation, sin, and desire. We who struggle with sinful desires must be willing to put those desires to death.
3. Charles Wingard, The Lazy Pastor
While pastors are often hard-working and diligent, the potential for laziness is real and serious. At the same time, the accusation of laziness may stem more from misunderstandings than actual character flaws. Navigating this difficult topic requires patience, openness, and humility.
2. Jeffrey Windt, The Westminster Statement on Biblical Sexuality
The PCA affirmed the Nashville Statement earlier this year, much to the concern of those who belive it is "hurtful to those who identify as same sex attracted." But as Jeffrey Windt points out, the Westminster Standards already have a few things to say about sexual ethics and desires.
1. William Boekestein, How Not to Fall Away
We all know some who have abandoned the Faith, whether they're famous Christian leaders or our closest friends and family. This is a painful, sobering reality, and it should prompt us to consider how we may take care, lest we fall by the same sort of disobedience (Heb. 4:11).