Assurance for Seekers

Until recently, I had missed the contextual power of Isaiah 55:10-11. Alec Motyer helped me see the wonder of these verses in a new way. They promise “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed […]

Ducking the Real Issues?

Is it wise for Christians to market their own morality as entertainment? That question seems to be worth asking as the feathers settle after last month’s Duck Dynasty flap. Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson entertains. He also markets duck calls for hunters. As a reality television star, his lifestyle and morality serve as his product. His […]

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 […]

A Providential Perspective

In his book, The Mystery of Providence, the seventeenth century Puritan John Flavel wrote a chapter on how grateful English believers should be for their birth and upbringing.  In seeking to create gratitude in the hearts of his countrymen, Flavel has them reflect on the fact they could have been born in other places than cultured, privileged […]

Mistaken Identity

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 […]


Recently Pastor Ken Smith addressed the Reformation Society of Pittsburgh on the topic of justification by faith alone.  As an application of this doctrine, he addressed the subject of the gospel call.  Ken graciously agreed to let us share that important portion of his address below.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I want to pose a question which has troubled […]

Wintry Thanksgiving

Most artists use a white canvas, then add color.   blank You did just the opposite. blank Upon every leafless tree and forested hill, you sent from heaven above a flurry of white to paint your landscape. blank Clearly each flake was carefully directed. blank Thousands upon thousands, blasted by cold wind, speckle trunks of […]