The modern evangelical church sometimes seems to assume that whatever its theology, piety, and practice is must be (a priori) that of the ancient church when, in fact, much of its theology, piety, and practice is very modern indeed.
James isn’t crazy in his talk of joy in trials. He’s a faithful pastor.
What if we read the Old Testament the way Jesus read it? How would that change our Bible reading and our churches?
The songs sung in most evangelical congregations today are upbeat, uplifting, and therapeutic. Psalm 137 is a brutally honest song. It is a sad song. It is a compelling song to be sung in hope.
We live in a world of people who are trying to justify themselves — whether they know it or not, they are trying to make themselves right before God by saying the right things, doing the right things, feeling the appropriate shame, virtue-signaling enough so that they are declared righteous.
Beeke utilizes his vast knowledge of the Puritans and personal experience in the pulpit to help preachers understand what it means to do Reformed Experiential Preaching and to encourage its widespread practice today.
In 1666 the English Puritan Thomas Brooks wrote, “The soul being so precious, and salvation so glorious, it is the highest point of prudence to make preparations for another world.” In our pandemic age, as in every age, it is essential to ask, are we preparing?
Whenever there is a dreadful, large-scale event (e.g., a terrorist attack or the outbreak of disease), someone is sure to announce that this is God’s judgment on the world for our sins. Is it?
The greatest silver lining in this dark cloud cannot be missed. We are still able to publish the best news ever, a lamp is still shining in Babylon, and a voice is still sounding forth the summons of Jesus to believe and be saved.
Some time ago I began a new sermon series in the book of Acts. In the introductory sermon, my goal was to ask and answer the question, “What is true of a life lived in the light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ?”