Category Sovereingty

Spiritual Discipline: Thanksgiving

There are quite a few books available on cultivating spiritual disciplines, some good and some terrible. I have read a few and they usually advocate such things like keeping a journal, a dedicated prayer time, abstinence from various things, fasting, worship, prayer, and so on. Usually these sorts of books are quite individualistic and full […]

A Pile Of Hope

In the midst of cultural upheaval, presidential nonsensical political bickering, and the draconian Islamic State, we have hope. A Light that shines in the darkness, the coming of King who will never be removed from His throne. The forgiveness of sins for those overturning society, for lying political candidates and cronies, and yes, even for […]

God Is God, And We Owe Him

Covenant Compendium #1 Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” God was the only One at the beginning of everything, this means that you weren’t there. You and I and everyone else who ever lived did not have a say in the making of the world. We did not give […]

Victory Over ISIS

The Islamic State is evil. This is easy to document and if you doubt this claim, just head over to Google and search for what ISIS is doing currently. However, aside from the international news, I have it on good authority that ISIS is wicked, “He that is not with Me is against Me” (Luke […]

Beginning and Besetting Sin

Looking at Genesis 3 we see the flow and function of sin being set for the course of human history. Before we look to the sin in Genesis 3, I would like to point out that even here, Satan is under God’s rule. He is made by God (3:1) and God has authority and power […]

Too Much to Bear

The other day I heard the oft quoted cliche, “God never gives you more than you can handle.” I think it is another one of those quips that is meant to bring comfort and solace, and this phrase may indeed bring just that, however if you have ever taking a sense of solace in this […]

Something of a Sacrifice

I have not blogged in a bit because I had been in the hospital, and then at home recovering and simply did not feel like blogging. For all of my concerned readers, no worries on my end. I am fine. I was in the hospital because I gave up one of kidneys to a dear […]

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. What’s Up With That?

There is a strong Baptist notion of individual salvation in many American churches (and the Baptist movement is surprisingly (or not surprisingly?) American, and relatively new in church history). This notion of individual salvation is interesting, because it is not a predominate theme in Scripture. It is not the primary means by which God brings […]

The Will of God

I have had the honor and the privilege of working with a staff that enjoys to dig into the Word and see God. Sometimes, while we are digging and conversing about what we are reading, we are often baffled because our finite minds have a difficult time grasping the infinite God (Deuteronomy 29:29). One of […]

When God is Silent

I am blessed at the church I serve. I serve with a wonderful staff, a staff seeking the fruit of the Spirit by the grace of the Gospel. I serve a congregation with deep roots that was more than welcoming to my family and me. I serve with a consistory of men who love the […]