Job 3:11 - Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire? Job's friends had arrived to console him (Job 2:11-13).. They evidently lived in neighboring regions. The fact that they met by appointment shows that they were already acquaintances who felt it would be better to come together. There is no … Continue reading Job 3 and the Picture of Existential Suffering
Men of God…Stand in the Breach
Ezekiel 22:29-30 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should … Continue reading Men of God…Stand in the Breach
The Role of the Christian Faith in Driving the American Revolution
Before and during the Revolutionary War, Christian faith played a political role for patriots on two levels. It contributed to the content of the period’s dominant political ideology, and it was a significant force in the actual outworking of the war. Most significant was the relationship between the Puritan tradition, which was evolving into a … Continue reading The Role of the Christian Faith in Driving the American Revolution
Redefining Perceptions of Faith: Civil Religion and Biblical Exploitation in the American Civil War
Photo from the U.S. National Archives.The Civil War redefined perceptions of the Christian Faith in America. In simplest terms, the sectional strife presented a nearly irresistible temptation to express Christianity in terms of a particular region and its principles. The process seemed to move irresistibly. The divisions among Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists from the 1830s … Continue reading Redefining Perceptions of Faith: Civil Religion and Biblical Exploitation in the American Civil War
He took the Wondrous Story of Jesus to Burma: Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)
Adoniram Judson was born in 1788, the son of a devout Congregationalist minister. From early in life he excelled in everything he touched. So excellent was young Judson's scholarship that he was enrolled at Rhode Island Christian College at the age of 16. Unlike many other missionaries, Adoniram did not have an early call from … Continue reading He took the Wondrous Story of Jesus to Burma: Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)
My 2020 Recommended Reading List
Like I did last year, I want to give you a list of books that I would recommend reading for the year of 2020. Many of these books are directly related to where our church is heading in our vision and direction, however there is much that can be gleaned from these readings by all … Continue reading My 2020 Recommended Reading List
“But We Will Bless the LORD..” A Sermon from Charles Spurgeon to Kick Off your New Year.
The Following Sermon was delivered by Charles Spurgeon on January 1, 1893. “But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. PSALM 115:18. IT has been truly said that, if the members of our churches were in a right condition of heart, the work of the pastor towards … Continue reading “But We Will Bless the LORD..” A Sermon from Charles Spurgeon to Kick Off your New Year.
Christians, This New Year Resolve to Live in Light of Eternity
One of my favorite teachers in the history of the church, is the puritan Jonathan Edwards, considered by many to be the greatest American theologian who ever lived. Many of his works have radically changed my life, and gave me a greater and deeper love and understanding of the Scriptures. But perhaps his most influential writing on … Continue reading Christians, This New Year Resolve to Live in Light of Eternity
What is Truth – The Dangers of Relativism and the Need for Objective Truth
John 18:37-38a - Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said … Continue reading What is Truth – The Dangers of Relativism and the Need for Objective Truth
The Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1863.
On October 3rd 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation which would set the last Thursday of every November as an official holiday of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving. … Continue reading The Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1863.