I was reviewing parts of Wayne Mack’s Strengthening Your Marriage and came across this helpful list of “twelve practical suggestions for developing and maintaining good marital communications.” I believe it would apply well to other relationships as well.
Sure, I’ll wear a suit. We’ll have the kids put on some decently nice outfits. My wife will look wonderful as always. But maybe tomorrow, all of us could choose not to dress up. Maybe tomorrow, we could gather for worship without hiding who we really are.
I was offended by the news today. They called me a bad name. It still hurts to even think about it. They called me a…consumer. Blech. Truth be told, there are times when the horrible name is deserved. Times when the shiny stuff of the world leads me around like the stick-held carrot it is. But […]
Sometimes it’s striking how our own lives parallel church history. The subtitle of Ligonier’s biography series, “A Long Line of Godly Men” has been ringing in my head this past week. Not only is it an appropriate phrase to celebrate how God has blessed his church through many godly men, it’s also an appropriate title […]
Last Friday night, several of us were privileged to attend Barry York’s inauguration as professor of pastoral theology at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh. Those who’ve known Barry for a while – and those who’ve been blessed through his writings on this site – are no doubt joyful in God’s clear providence, raising […]
The house is clean. Mostly. You know, pretty clean. Soccer gear is stowed away so Sunday visitors don’t impale themselves on cleats. Homemade pizza with whole wheat crust, kids eating at the kitchen table, mom and dad across the counter from them. Dad’s still on a diet, so there’s more pizza for those who are […]
Brothers and sisters, we must be more vigilant. With our kids, with our families, with our Facebook accounts, with our texts, with our tweets, with our own eyes and hearts. Are we any different than the culture? Have we made a false peace with ourselves whereby we have said, we won’t do the things you […]
It’s no secret that the book of Revelation loves its numbers, but you may not have realized just how much. In his commentary on Revelation, Gregory Beale (using some insights from Richard Bauckham) highlights some of the ways Revelation uses the numbers 4, 7, 12–each are numbers signifying fullness and completion. In addition to the […]
Dear single ladies and single men, the church needs you. I know it can seem otherwise when we talk about the importance of covenant families (they are important) or ask you every week with a wink, “Is there someone special in your life?”, but the fact remains: the church needs you now, not just when you […]
In preparing this Sunday night’s lesson on the reformation doctrine of preaching, I came across this very helpful article by Cornelis Venema, professor at Mid-America Reformed Seminary. In it, he traces the doctrine of preaching through the various reformed confessions to show a distinct and uniform teaching that is often missing from many evangelical and […]