Articles


Monthly Archives: September 2016

Choosing the Right Seminary

There are many practical concerns that factor into why people choose the seminaries that they choose. Perhaps it’s the cost of tuition, the distance from home, the popularity of the professors, or the academic prestige of the institution. All of those are reasons why someone might choose a seminary, and some of those reasons involve legitimate considerations. … read more »

Our Blessed Hope: The Return of Christ

Christ could come at any moment. I believe that with all my heart—not because of what I read in the newspapers, but because of what I read in Scripture. From the very earliest days of the church, the apostles and first-generation Christians nurtured an earnest expectation and fervent hope that Christ might suddenly return at any time to … read more »

Good Soldiers of Christ

On June 12, 1944, just six days after D-Day in World War II, a young lieutenant named Richard Winters led his men to the outskirts of Carentan. As the officer in charge of Easy Company, of the 101st Airborne, he was tasked to clear the large French town of its German defenders. It would be … read more »

A Taste of Heaven on Earth

Today’s post completes our series on “Why I Love the Church.” In yesterday’s article, we focused on the church as it relates to God’s eternal plan. In today’s post, we will look at two additional reasons why I love the church: 3. The Church Is the Most Precious Reality on Earth There’s a third biblical reason … read more »

The Church & God’s Eternal Plan

Today’s post is a continuation from yesterday’s article. Yesterday, we looked at the fact that the church is a divinely-ordained institution. Today, I’d like to consider a second reason why I love the church: 2. The Church Is the Outworking of an Eternal Plan In Titus 1:2, the apostle Paul writes of the “eternal life which … read more »

A Pastor’s Love for the Church

I love the church. I am an inveterate and incurable lover of the church. It thrills me beyond expression to serve the church. Although I am also involved in some para-church ministries, I would not trade my ministry in the church for all of them combined. The church takes first place in my ministry priorities, … read more »

Measuring Success in Ministry

How should we define success in ministry? Take a look at the most-celebrated names in broader evangelicalism, and it would be easy to conclude that numerical fruitfulness is what defines ministerial success. But both Scripture and church history remind us that steadfast faithfulness is actually the true measure of success. Consider the prophet Jeremiah, for example, … read more »

Gospel Preaching in the Early Church

(Today’s post is adapted from Keith’s article “Evangelistic Preaching in the Book of Acts,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.) Evangelistic preaching has a rich heritage. The first evangelistic sermon of the Church Age was preached by the Apostle Peter nearly 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost. Luke records the essence of Peter’s message in Acts … read more »

Peter the Apostate?

Today’s article is adapted from Dr. Farnell’s larger article entitled: “Robert Gundry, Gaining Renewed Support from ETS, Declares Peter an Apostate in Matthew’s Gospel.” To read the entire article, click here. On October 6, 2014, Robert Gundry delivered an address at Westmont College in which he made the shocking claim that the apostle Peter was actually “Peter the apostate … read more »

John Calvin: Theologian and Pastor

Simply saying the name ‘John Calvin’ is enough to start a fight in certain circles. His teachings, the branch of theology that stems out of his ministry and writings, and those who associate themselves with him and his “T.U.L.I.P.”  (never mind the fact that the ‘five points of Calvinism’ were created more than 50 years … read more »