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May 25

“Now That We’re Done With The Preliminaries….”

The style and philosophy of worship services has generated a lot of intense discussion in churches, conferences, seminaries and pastoral associations. I spoke recently with an Ontario leader who is navigating his way through the ‘worship wars.’ The ‘worship leader’ feels unappreciated and believes that preaching is not worship! On the other hand, I heard […]

May 23

‘There’s No Shortcut …’ to Biblical Preaching

Donald Whitney launches Chapter Four with a thought-provoking quote by the late Dr. James Montgomery Boice. “The church has to rediscover who God is, come to know Him, and fellowship with Him. The avenue for that has always been Bible exposition and teaching. There’s no shortcut.” Whitney notes, “In some quarters of the church today, preaching […]

May 20

Biblical Reasons?

I’ve read lots of biblical studies and theological texts that all claim ‘biblical reasons’ for the premise they are arguing. Some know their Bibles better than others. At times I’m left scratching my head, like a relative of mine who listened recently to a preacher contradict himself throughout his message. Needless to say, for this […]

May 12

Why Seek Baptism In The Church?

Donald Whitney launches this second chapter of Spiritual Disciplines Within The Church with a strongly worded quote by Robert W. Patterson. Evangelicals need to affirm aggressively the necessary connection between faith in Christ and commitment to His church. One cannot exist without the other, as demonstrated in Acts, where no one was counted as a […]

May 04

Why Go To Church?

I’m not sure when I first memorized Psalm 122:1, but the principle has stuck in my heart for years. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.” I’ve told many congregations that I was in church for months before I was born. Most Sundays, apart from […]

May 02

Spiritual Disciplines Within The Church

I’m perusing another Donald Whitney book entitled ‘Spiritual Disciplines Within The Church.’ Care to join me for some highlights?  I’ll cite Donald’s Whitney’s writings in blue, and my comments in italicized black type. Introduction Whitney writes – “Why did I write this book?” He cites 5 reasons a) to declare the glory of the church […]

April 28

A Prayer For The New Year

On The Gospel Coalition’s website I found this prayer, adapted by Trevin Wax from Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions.  May our graduating class of 2017 at Heritage College & Seminary make this their heart-cry.  As you read it carefully you’ll see the crafting together of many Scriptural references. Lord God Almighty, I understand that I am unable […]