It All Started in a Garden…

It All Started in a Garden…

It all started in a Garden, and it’s going to end in a garden. In between, we have the story of us- humanity, sometimes brilliant, sometimes utterly foolish, sometimes capable of the ultimate sacrifice for others, sometimes perpetrating unimaginable cruelty and evil...
Loyal Liars

Loyal Liars

Years ago, a new term was introduced into church jargon: the Loyal Liar. It was first used in a fictional story about an older liberal professor mentoring a young Pentecostal pastor into giving up his faith, yet continue to be a pastor. To be a Loyal Liar was the cold...
What is and isn’t a Church?

What is and isn’t a Church?

What makes the local visible church distinct, recognizable or different from say a para-church institution? In other words what are the marks of the local church? What is and isn’t a church? The Belgic Confession says (Article 29) “The true church can be...
On Integrating Doctrine and Life

On Integrating Doctrine and Life

Michael Horton makes a great point about living what I call a “kingdom integrated life”: “… when it comes to God, people often imagine that it is possible to have a personal relationship with God apart from theology. In fact, some Christians...
The Worship Loop

The Worship Loop

I once heard a conference speaker suggest that 85% of pastors think that church exists to “train disciples to evangelize”, while 85% of the congregation thinks that church exists to “meet my needs”. (Can you say: “cross-purposes”?)...
Descartes, Doubt, and God

Descartes, Doubt, and God

I teach an Intro to Philosophy class at a local college. It’s both fun and frustrating: the former stems from exploring ideas with students that they may not have yet considered; the latter from the impossibility of delving deep into specific subjects (I’m supposed to...