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In a couple months I will be posting the obligatory “best reads of the year” list. But as a guy who loves books and reading I thought I’d post a list of the books that have figured particularly large in my life. These are not merely books I love (that list would be too long)...
Rod Dreher, one of today's foremost cultural commentators shone what could only have been an unwelcome light on Moscow and Doug Wilson's Christ Church. Dreher graciously allowed Wilson to repsond . But as Dreher notes, the troubling questions remain. About the Sitler debacle Dreher...
I came running to the PCA. After years in broader evangelicalism, service in a confessional church and denomination was and remains a breath of fresh air. With its commitment to the Westminster Standards and passion to advance the gospel around the world I count it a blessing to be part of the PCA...
All good churches, all good movements, and all sound doctrines eventually attract a few outliers now and then. Calvinism, the pro-life movement, and even the OPC all have their loony hangers-on. This is also the case with complementarianism. Before I go any further let me establish my bona fides...
All good churches, all good movements, and all sound doctrines eventually attract a few outliers now and then. Calvinism, the pro-life movement, and even the OPC all have their loony hangers-on. This is also the case with complementarianism. Before I go any further let me establish my bona fides...
The news came yesterday that Tullian Tchividjian is now the Director of Ministry Development at Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida (not to be confused with Willow Creek Community Church of South Barrington, IL). Willow Creek Church is part of the Central Florida Presbytery of the PCA...
While traveling with my family to attend a heterosexual wedding in Missouri I found out that Aimee and Carl kicked the hornet’s nest. I was surprised by all the hubbub. It hardly seems controversial to suggest that the Bible does not in fact explicitly forbid women from serving in law...
Last year Karl Vaters wrote a thougtful article on the pain pastors experience when people leave their church. Vaters writes specifically on behalf of pastors of small churches. I have pastored a small church. In a small church a pastor is more likely to know the members of his church. He's...
Westminster Bookstore is currently offering special discounts on some excellent books dealing with abortion... Defending Life by Francis Beckwith The Case for Life by Scott Klusendorf Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by Megan Best Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue by R.C. Sproul...
The historic First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC will now openly bless same-sex unions and offer ordination to those who practice homosexuality. There is no real surprise in this to those who have followed the conservative/progressive divide within the Southern Baptist Convention over the past...
Does engaging the culture mean speaking out about the over 55 million abortions committed in the United States since 1972? Is it about calling the civil authorities to act against an organization that aborts babies and harvests their organs for profit? Or is cultural engagement more about fighting...
In recent weeks, thanks to the excellent work of David Daleiden the mask of respectability has been ripped from the face of Planned Parenthood. Of course there has never been anything respectable about Planned Parenthood from its founding by a racist eugenicist to its current status as the number...
I remember when the word missional was new. It was filled with all the facial hair, slim-fit shirt, Avett Brothers cache that a single word could carry. If churches were not actively seeking how to be “missional” they were missing out on the next great thing. And no church wants to miss...
I don’t like controversy even though I write things which, judging by my inbox, get me into a little hot water now and again. We are a soft generation so I understand how any willingness to confront error or rebuke one who spreads it seems to be mean-spirited, Pharisaical, or lacking in...
I have never seen a time when discussions and debates about homosexuality and gender identity were more ubiquitous as they are today. And with those discussions have come much confusion, error, and sin. We all know about denominations like the PC(USA), the United Methodists, Disciples of Christ,...
Pastors, like all Christians, struggle with sin. And, like all Christians, pastors need grace. But when a pastor falls to those sins which disqualify him from this role of spiritual overseer he also needs the correction and accountability of the church. He needs clear speech and direction not...
So much can and should be said in response to the horrific murders that occurred in Charleston, SC at Emanuel AME Church. But one thing is for certain, the actions of the murderer cannot be adequately described in anything less that theological language. What the murderer did was evil. Yes, it was...
I recently read a publically posted message from a fellow PCA pastor wherein he graciously welcomes all kinds of folks to attend the church he serves as pastor. He invites the young and old, male and female, married and single, white and black. You get the picture. It’s the right message...
The evangelical world has been not-so-rocked by Tony Campolo’s recent declaration of support for homosexual unions. Specifically he has joined the cacophony of voices calling the church to embrace as members practicing homosexuals; to pronounce as wholesome the sin of homosexuality. Others...
Like many of you I find myself wondering from time-to-time why it is that Joel Osteen is able to attract such massive crowds to his church and stadium events. And those books! How is it that there are more than a dozen or so people willing to buy his books? I think I have the answer. I have been...
By now you have no doubt heard the troubling news concerning Josh Duggar of the immensely successful television program 19 Kids and Counting . Many others have weighed in already. It is an important story not least of all because it gives the church another opportunity to think about how it should...
The following are some books that I have read in the past few months. Each one is well worth reading. The Happy Christian by David Murray Those looking for simplistic sentimentalism should look elsewhere. But for those who would like a robust and hopeful theology for a life that is happy in Christ...
I was interested to read Dr. Bryan Chapell’s piece in By Faith on the current tensions in the PCA between what he calls traditionalists and progressives. Not surprisingly Dr. Chapell’s piece is gracious and helpful in some ways. I share his hope that the PCA will remain united. I share...
I have been preaching through the Book of Acts on Sunday mornings. It has been a blessing for me for all the reasons it is usually a blessing to be engaged weekly in sermon preparation and preaching to God’s people. One of the characteristic features of the Book of Acts is the blessed...
Some friends and I were recently talking about the book When the Wicked Seize a City by Chuck & Donna McIlhenny. Pastor McIlhenny served as pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in San Francisco beginning in the 1970’s. It was during those years that Pastor McIlhenny and the church...
Recently Pastor Scott Sauls of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Nashville posted an open letter of sorts to his fellow Christians. In it he expresses sorrow over a column by the New York Times’ Frank Bruni which predicts a coming collision between Christians and homosexuals. Of course, the...
Lifeway, a publishing arm of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination will no longer be promoting and selling Heaven tourism books . This is good news. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Heaven tourism refers to books like 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real in which the authors...
Lifeway, a publishing arm of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination will no longer be promoting and selling Heaven tourism books . This is good news. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Heaven tourism refers to books like 90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven is for Real in which the authors...
Desperately seeking relevance, the habitually dwindling Disciples of Christ denomination announced that Indiana, having had the audacity to pass a version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will not be host to their annual denominational convention. Once again the Disciples of Christ...
I read the following three books by Eugene Peterson while I was a young youth pastor. They were extremely helpful in challenging many of the assumptions I had learned in a mega-church culture. Five Smooth Stones for Pastoral Ministry Working the Angles Under the Unpredictable Plant The Christian...
Many of you are no doubt familiar with the sad tale of Congressman Aaron Schock. Representative Schock recently announced his resignation from the House amid scandals involving his spending habits. It seems Mr. Schock loves the high life. He famously, or infamously, spent many thousands of tax...
Christianity Today seems eager to rescue the good reputation of Margaret Sanger and show us the softer side of eugenics. If you don’t read Ray Bradburry you are impoverishing yourself. Check out this piece on Bradburry’s moral imagination. Does anyone know how I can land a complementary...
Over at Scot McKnight's blog David Moore has written what is sure to be a provocative post . He does what many are not willing to do. He criticizes The Gospel Coalition. Certainly there is nothing small, petty, or mean about Moore's criticism. His words are thoughtful and his critique is...
This week the MOS podcast features an interview with Dr. Tom Acol on the subject of Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention. When I came to embrace the Doctrines of Grace as a young SBC pastor Tom Ascol and Founder’s Ministries were a big help for me. The issue of Calvinism continues to...
Our friend Carl Trueman is one of the featured speakers at this year's Shepherds Conference at Grace Community Church. That is in Southern California for those of you who may not know. And what fits better in Southern California than a pasty white English history professor? Word has it that...
Gary Demar delves into the angry mind of Frank Schaeffer . It is a dark place. Recently the pathologically angry Schaeffer fired off a screed directed at a Christian publishing house and the president of its parent company. Scaeffer's complaint? The Christian publishing house chose not to...
Recently the MOS crew had the pleasure of spending some time at Cairn University. During that time we sat down with Jonathan Master for a conversation. You can check it out HERE .
Carl Trueman on Wesleyan University and our ever expanding gender categories . Denny Burk has written a good piece on how "consent" fails when it is the only boundary to sexual expression. "Abortion is an Attempt to Project Strength" by Steven Wedgeworth Lord willing, the MOS...
Charles Spurgeon suggested that the pastoral prayer may be the most important element of the church’s corporate worship. That may have been a bit of hyperbole. It may even be apocryphal. But I would suggest that a time for the pastor to publicly intercede for the people he serves should...
It was bound to happen. Actually I feel quite stupid for missing an opportunity to prophesy this rather unsurprising event. It seems that Carl Lentz and his New York Hillsong franchise are now going to be managed by the William Morris Agency out of Hollywood. A more fitting relationship I cannot...
This Sunday I am beginning a four week hiatus from my current sermon series through the Book of Acts in order to preach a brief series addressing gender and homosexuality. As I am sure you know our culture has, with stunning rapidity, normalized homosexuality and deconstructed the very notion of...
The church is both blessed and cursed by its well-known pastors. Some like T.D. Jakes and Joyce Meyer and Brian McLaren have distorted the gospel and done great damage to the church. Others however have blessed the church by contending faithfully for the truth and advancing the gospel of Jesus...
No surprises HERE . What is sad is that the market for heavenly tourism books will remain high. On a related note, perhaps Lifeway will begin to seriously examine and reconsider the sorts of books they sell. The culture has probably been lost . If you believe what Christians have always believed...
On the most recent edition of Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit , Carl, Aimee, and I discuss the dreadful state of evangelical reading habits. Certainly there are some excellent books and publishers out there. But it takes only a moment perusing the Christian bestseller lists to understand that...
If you want to get people mad at you (I mean really mad) just criticize Beth Moore’s teaching. Trust me on this. Many a young pastor has found himself being roasted over the rhetorical bonfire of women’s ministry meetings for daring to raise concerns about Beth Moore’s rather...
Great stuff from Rick Phillips on whether evolution is compatible with the Scriptures. On a related note, Rachel Miller raises an appropriate concern regarding N.T. Wright . I have been quite concerned for some time now why it is that some of my PCA bretheren seem to be enthralled with Dr. Wright...
A few months ago Carl, Aimee, and I had the priviledge of having a public conversation with Kent Hughes about preaching and ministry. I was moved not only by Dr. Hughes' graciousness but grateful for the wisdom that the Lord has given him after years in ministry. Here are a few titles worth...
In this week's Mortification of Spin: Bully Pulpit we explore the issue of the content of our sung praise. Along the way Carl and Aimee offer dramatic readings of their personal favorites...
It is Christmas Eve and I wanted that special gift for Trueman to enjoy. I passed THIS along to him. Sermon Audio - Last week I preached from Matthew 1:18-25. You can check it out HERE . We have heard much about injustice in recent months. It is a worthy subject to be sure, especially for...
Systematic Theology Vol. 2 by Douglas Kelly This is my pick for “Book of the Year.” I love the way Dr. Kelly writes. The second volume in his Systematic Theology is beautifully written and well ordered. It is theology the way it ought to be written. As he does in the first volume Kelly...