Since its release on Friday, November 20, 2009, this declaration has almost 50,000 signatories. The Manhattan Declaration calls all Christians everywhere to uphold and defend: 1. the sanctity of human life 2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife 3. the rights of conscience andRead More

Letters Along the Way (D. A. Carson and John Woodbridge. Crossway Books: 1993) had a huge impact on me and I’ll always remember its gentle pastoral tone balanced with profound theological discussions between the two fictional characters, Timothy and Dr. Woodson. This resource should be required reading for pastors and leadersRead More

Many believers have been involved in some type of small group gathering that typically meets in homes and that is usually sponsored by a local church. Is it important to have guidelines that govern such a gathering? Or should folks come together and just wing it from one meeting toRead More

Kevin DeYoung has a fine post on God’s providential care and the practical implications of it. After listing numerous passages for supporting God’s meticulous hand in all things, DeYoung admonishes us to “move past merely tolerating God’s sovereignty to joyously embracing it. If God’s providence is found so often inRead More

Ben Witherington has a fine, high-level post on why women should be allowed every opportunity in the Church based upon their giftedness and not excluded solely because of gender. See his Why Arguments against Women in Ministry Aren’t Biblical. Needless to say and for the record, I’m a full-blown biblicalRead More

Update… See Jeremy Berg’s fine article here that speaks to the same concerns raised here. Years ago we sat under a pastor who, after about 10 minutes into his sermons, moved right into admonition and exhortation. For the next 50 minutes or so the tone of each sermon was insistentRead More

Americans United for Life have put together a nice one-page chart that explains what’s going on with federal funding for abortion in the health care bill. It shows the importance of the Hyde Amendment–and the necessity of similar language appearing in this bill. HT: Justin Taylor What is the appropriate,Read More

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm,Read More

Some time ago a dear friend and fellow ministry partner sat down with me and strongly yet lovingly urged me (and my wife) to go back to church. Even though he intimately understood why we left our traditional church, my friend sincerely believes that it is good for us andRead More