Profile of the Lone Ranger Christian

Sometimes you hear it said, “There’s no such thing as a Lone Ranger Christian.” That’s wrong – there is such a thing. Of course, he doesn’t wear a red bandana and a black mask. He doesn’t ride a white horse and have a sidekick calling him “Kimosabe.” So how do you recognize this spiritual masked…

Christians and Politics – Some Thoughts

November is still months away, but the 2012 campaign season is going full-throttle and won’t let up until we finally decide who will be President for the next four years. Like probably most of you, I follow politics and my interest grows when a major election approaches. I’ve been giving some thought to how Christians…

Not in Vain!

Poor Sisyphus. He crossed the gods, and is still paying for it (that is, if you believe in Greek mythology). He is forced to roll a massive boulder up a hill. But just before he reaches the top, the rock gets away and rolls down all the way to the bottom. So he must begin…

God Love Introverts, Too

I am not naturally talkative. This may be a surprise to those who’ve only seen me on Sundays. On that day, I am a word machine – teaching, preaching, socializing, chatting. But the fact is by nature I am introverted. I am thankful for whatever gifts God has given me, but “gab” is not one…

Why Do We Say, “He Descended into Hell”?

From time to time at Grace OPC, during the worship service, we confess our faith together using the words of the Apostles’ Creed. One phrase in the Creed says of Jesus, “he descended into hell.” Why do we say that? The Bible teaches that Jesus’ soul went to paradise while his body rested in the grave (Luke…

The Forgotten “Super” Sunday

The most salient indicator that we live in a post-Christian society may not be the banning of prayer in school, or the rise of postmodern relativism in popular thought, or the call for gay marriage, or the general downgrade of morals, or any of the other usual suspects. Rather, perhaps the sign of the secular…

What is the Reformed Faith?

The Reformed faith, or Reformed theology, is an understanding of the Bible’s teaching that centers on the glory and sovereignty of God (Isaiah 6:3; Ephesians 1:11; Revelation 4:11). Though those committed to Reformed theology – myself included – believe it is Scriptural, and therefore was the theology of Jesus, Paul, and the apostles, the Reformed…

Marriage and ministry

As I prepared this morning for Sunday’s sermon, something I read from Wayne Grudem’s commentary on 1 Peter made me think about marriage and ministry. First, here is the verse from 1 Peter: Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with…

Review – “Reforming Marriage,” by Douglas Wilson

Robyn and I first read Reforming Marriage as newlyweds, or maybe while we were engaged. I can’t remember now, but I do recall finding this book on marriage a useful guide to the biblical teaching on the subject. And having recently began pre-marital counseling with a certain couple, and having asked them to read the book, I…