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The ‘Learning’ In Contentment

My favorite weekly meeting is Wednesday at 6 a.m. at Perkins Restaurant. There I recently had one of those jump-off-the-page-of-your-Bible experiences. Call me dumb, but I had never processed the fact that three times in Paul’s famous “contentment passage” in Philippians 4 – which I have quoted anecdotally dozens of times – the Apostle specifically uses […]

Cleaning The Crib

August is a very important month in my pastoral ministry. The way our family works, summer is the time to travel, stay up late, and do things out of the ordinary. It is the time to swim, to visit family, and to conference with the visible church. But the majority of life cannot be like […]

What Is “Need Love,” And Do I Have It?

Came across this interesting snippet today in CCEF’s first online magazine. [CCEF Now, pg. 3] In a recent video series, Dr. David Powlison shared four resources [The Book of Common Prayer, Luther's 95 Theses #1 , Lewis On "Need Love", Luther's Prayers] he has found helpful for counseling ministry. In the following excerpt from the [third] video, David discusses a quote from The Four Loves by […]

“Mother Margie” — A Tribute

On November 16, 2011 at about 5:30 p.m. a dear saint of the Lord stepped into the Lord’s presence. Margie Blackwood (June 30, 1925 – November 16, 2011) was known and loved by countless members of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church and others. Though I had not visited “Mrs. Blackwood” in several years, I wanted to bear witness to […]


(taken from The Book of Origins: Genesis Simply Explained by Philip Eveson, p. 21-23) On Christmas Eve 1968 the crew of the spaceship Apollo 8 became the first humans to orbit the moon. In their Christmas greetings to earth, the astronauts quoted these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This opening sentence, so simple yet so profound, […]

Reasons For Faith

Dr. Stephen Meyer sat down with R. C. Sproul last year for a wide ranging discussion about the integration of faith and science. The Intelligent Design movement is gaining steam in the academic world, and this year the 2012 Ligonier Conference will feature Dr. Meyer speaking on the topic of Intelligent Design. It is so encouraging to see a […]

A Blessing Over Them

Jesus had fully identified with his Twelve. He had sent these disciples out on a mission. And now he was trying to draw away for focused time with his men. Perhaps these tired men were looking forward to the rest and clarity of Jesus’ classroom. But we see in Luke 9:10-17 that the crowds had followed him to that […]