Christ's ministry is carried out in the context of the church. Church leadership is the backbone of ministry and must contain the right positions, people, and priorities. Core convictions and character qualities are at the heart of ministry. The church ought to carry out worship, discipleship, evangelism, and fellowship with a heart of love for God and man.
|Various||The Covenant of Grace and Infant Baptism||This six-part teaching series represents what I have learned about how to approach the question of whether it is biblical to baptize the infant children of believers. It covers a variety of topics.|
|1 Timothy 3:11|
Does 1 Timothy 3:11 refer to female deacons, deaconesses, the wives of the deacons, or something else? What are the implications?
|Various||The Heart of the Magisterial Divide: Calvin, Luther, and the Regulative Principle of Worship||Martin Luther and John Calvin differed on more than the nature of the Lord’s Supper. Although Luther touted theological agreement with the RPW, his arbitrary definition of adiaphora, combined with his willingness to incorporate human innovations into the worship of God without considering them to be worship, prevented him from a uniform application of the RPW. Thus, Luther inconsistently promoted a regulative principle of worship while exercising a normative practice of worship. Calvin's deep conviction was that the heart of the Christian faith is the legitimate worship of God, and he saw the awful consequences of failing to believe and heed the RPW ... a denial of the sufficiency of Scripture, and a damaging of the doctrines of the church and God's sovereignty.|
|Various||The Historical Impact of Covenanter Societies||By the grace and providence of God, Covenanter societies played a significant role in the history of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. From phases of severe persecution to stretches with no ordained ministers to preach and administer sacraments, the societies faithfully continued to walk together in unity and purpose.|
|Various||William Perkins and the Character of Prophecy||The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were times of unprecedented reform in the church. From Martin Luther’s insistence on justification by faith alone to John Calvin’s determination to purify worship, everything was scrupulously examined under the lens of Scripture and attuned to the doctrine found it. Preaching was no exception, especially in England. Although many Reformed Christians in the twenty-first century would fail to equate preaching to “prophesying,” the Elizabethan Puritans used the term to describe penetrating preaching. The method and style of preaching advocated and practiced by William Perkins necessarily followed from his view of the prophetic character of preaching. In other words, his theology of preaching dictated his approach to preaching. This fact may be seen by considering Perkins’ The Art of Prophesying in light of God’s commission to the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 2:1-3:11).|
|Job||Sovereignty, Suffering, and Sympathy||Throughout the waves of life, we all find ourselves, at one time or another, either in the midst of suffering or trying to help someone else who is feeling crushed under the weight of it. How are we to walk in the midst of hardship, pain, agony, and affliction? How can we come alongside and help someone who is hurting?|
|Various||A Framework for the Church's Opposition to Abortion||Abortion has been legal in America for over forty years, and there will be no end in sight until the nation desires to “do homage to the Son” (Psalm 2:12). Civil disobedience is not the answer to this great evil. The Church can be a voice in the culture through voting, political lobbying, involvement with Crisis Pregnancy Centers, sidewalk counseling and picketing, and adoption. However, a bigger picture lies beyond these necessary short-term efforts. Motivated by love and energized by prayer, the body of Christ must assume a presuppositional approach as she seeks to faithfully carry out the Great Commission to a world of depraved people, calling individuals, governments, and nations to obedience to the only Lawgiver and King, Jesus Christ.|
|Various||Biblical Voting: On the Basis of Principle, not Pragmatism||Christians are called to take their civic responsibility seriously and to vote in a manner that demonstrates biblical fidelity. In the pursuit to do so, many questions arise, such as: “Is it appropriate to vote for a non-Christian?” and “Is it reasonable to vote for the ‘lesser of the evils?” The answers to these questions, and others like them, become clear when one understands the scriptural requirements for holding civil office. This brief essay will offer guidelines for identifying qualified civil rulers as well as answer a few common questions.|
|Various||The Relationship between the Bible and Psychology||What level of authority does the Bible have in comparison to psychology? Where do I go for help? Does the Bible speak to my everyday life or do I need to look elsewhere for solutions to my problems? How shall I live? How shall I relate to others? How do I solve problems?|