Praying for Elders

This past Sunday I spend a considerable part of my sermon teaching on the Biblical role, qualifications, and Lake Wylie Baptist’s need for elders. In the coming weeks, I’ll be authoring a series of blogs to help teach you more about this crucial need in our church, and how God’s Word teaches us to understandContinue reading “Praying for Elders”

Our Own Tools

My dad loves working on engines. And, by extension, he loves his tools. I never once saw my dad put a tool away without wiping it off and storing it in its proper place. In Lectures to My Students, C.H. Spurgeon wrote of ministers: We are, in a certain sense, our own tools, and thereforeContinue reading “Our Own Tools”

What is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? It’s such a simple question, but answering it correctly is essential to healthy church ministry. Simply put, the gospel is the news of what God has done to save sinners in the death burial and resurrection of Christ. Tim Keller says, “All human problems are ultimately symptoms, and our separation fromContinue reading “What is the Gospel?”

Exhortation: Clean the House

One of the secrets to having a loving and peaceful family is regular repentance. Regular admission and confession of sins. Regular forgiveness. Imagine two identical families. In each family, there’s a father and a mother. Both families have two children. Now imagine that these identical families live in two identical houses. Same square footage. SameContinue reading “Exhortation: Clean the House”

Stop Explaining the Liturgy!​

Most of you know that liturgy is a favorite topic of mine. Over the past few years, I’ve read numerous books, engaged in hundreds of conversations, and worked hard to craft Christ-centered liturgies for the church I pastor, Lake Wylie Baptist. It may come as a shock, then, to see a blog post exhorting youContinue reading “Stop Explaining the Liturgy!​”

Exhortation: Don’t Grow Weary

Galatians 6:9 says, And let us not grow weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. When you’re trying to grow a vegetable garden you have to sow a lot of seed, you have to protect those seeds until they can germinate, then you have to constantly pullContinue reading “Exhortation: Don’t Grow Weary”

Communion Meditation: The Wall Breaker

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility Sin divides man from God, and man from man. But, whenContinue reading “Communion Meditation: The Wall Breaker”

Exhortation: Believe All Things

EXHORTATION 1 Corinthians 13:7 says… Love… believes all things This means that Christians who are growing in love choose to believe the best in others. The word for believe is the same word we translate as “faith.” So, literally, love has all faith. Believing all things means we give others the benefit of the doubt.Continue reading “Exhortation: Believe All Things”

Exhortation: Spiritual Work

EXHORTATION One of the most spiritual things a Christian can do in life is work a job. The first command God gave Adam included the divine commission to work. This means that getting up early on Monday to put in an honest day’s work is itself an act of worship. Christians are called to considerContinue reading “Exhortation: Spiritual Work”

7 Quotes from Reformed Preaching by Joel Beeke

What do you get when you cross a book on preaching methodology with a historical survey of Reformed preachers from Calvin to D. Lloyd-Jones? You get a book like Joel Beeke’s Reformed Preaching. I found the book helpful to distinguish the common denominators in Reformed preaching across the centuries, and certainly was encouraged by hisContinue reading “7 Quotes from Reformed Preaching by Joel Beeke”