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What are ten books your teenagers read as part of their homeschool education?

Ask RC: What are 10 books your teenagers read as part of their homeschool education?

One of the weaknesses of the school model of education is that it squeezes out great books that don’t fit neatly into one or another of those artificial divisions of learning we call “subjects.” We don’t start with, “What books have had a deep impact in shaping what I am?” But with “What subjects am I supposed to be teaching, and which books will help me teach them?” I don’t teach my children subjects—I seek to instill in them wisdom. Which means I have them read the books that gave me wisdom. All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: The. . . Read more »

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Should we vote in church?

Ask RC: Should we vote in church?

Types of Church Government There are, at base, three forms of government. The first is rule by one. The second is rule by a few, the third rule by all. In civil government this would essentially be monarchy, republic and democracy, broadly speaking. In church government it would be episcopacy, presbyterianism, and congregationalism, broadly speaking. Rightly understood then the church, whatever denomination, if it is indeed a part of the church, is an episcopacy. Just as Jesus reigns over the nations, so He reigns over the church. His vicar, however, is not the bishop of Rome, but the Holy Spirit.. . . Read more »

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What is the “gift of singleness” and how do I know if I have it?

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  Difficulties of I Corinthians 7 If ever there were a chapter in the Bible fraught with challenges it would be I Corinthians 7. Among the difficulties are these: Paul distinguishes between his authority and that of the Lord. Do we best defend the authority of the Scripture by defending Paul in what he says about the issues, or in what he says about him not speaking as receiving instruction from the Lord? Are the present challenges that Paul uses to encourage celibacy still present? Given that he doesn’t say what those circumstances were, it’s hard to say. He is. . . Read more »

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What is systematic theology & why is it important?

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Note: the Alphabet Series of Basement Tapes is now available! Scroll to the bottom of this post for more information. It is an important part of my task as I teach Reformation Bible College students systematic theology to familiarize them with the grammar of our theological conversations. I’m called to introduce them not just to the issues theologians wrestle with, but to the language they use when wrestling with the issues. In the broader evangelical world we have a hard enough time interesting people in any study of theology, let alone adding this rather odd adjective—systematic. The language is as. . . Read more »

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How are you dealing with your first born’s impending marriage?

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Managing a Large Family Because so few people understand the logistics of managing a large family, and so few know the great genius and diligence of my dear wife, many people at the loss of my wife were most concerned about logistical concerns—how would all the stuff of managing a household get taken care of? The truth is that my dear wife built the railroad, built the engine and stacked the coal. All I have to do is make sure the fire continues to get fed. Now, however, we are soon to lose the platonic ideal of a first born. . . Read more »

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If we ask anything in Jesus name, will He really do it?

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If you ask anything in My name I will do it? John 14:14 Believing God’s Promises My book, Believing God, was written with a single goal in mind, to help believers enter more fully into the promises of God. Even we who affirm that God’s Word is always true still struggle to believe that if we ask for wisdom He will give it to us (James 1:5), that children are a blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127), that we will be like Him for we shall see Him as He is (I John 3:4). Having pushed for greater faith, greater. . . Read more »

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What do you think of the movie, Son of God?

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Making Images Given that I haven’t seen it, one might think I hadn’t given it much thought. But I have. I could here take a stab at solving the immediate second commandment problem. Some argue that on its face, any movie that depicts Jesus is of necessity a violation of the second commandment which forbids making graven images. It’s a rather sticky wicket given the nuances of our understanding of the incarnation. God, for instance, is spirit. The body of Jesus, while most assuredly in union with God the Son, belongs properly to His human nature. But, an image of. . . Read more »

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Who is allowed (according to God’s Word) to start a church?

Ask RC: Who is allowed to start a church?

This is such an excellent question, in large part because we live in an age with a profoundly low understanding of the importance and authority of the church. These days otherwise godly people, often dealing with understandable frustrations with their churches, feel no reluctance at all to stay at home, and simply decide to “home church” or, be a church on their own. My concern with such groups is not the nature of the building they use, but their weak understanding of church authority and the need we all have to be under authority. Legitimate Church Authority There are some. . . Read more »

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How Well Should Pastors Be Paid?

Ask RC: How Well Should Pastors Be Paid?

Should Pastors Be Paid? Before we can answer how well pastors should be paid we first have to establish that they should be paid. The Bible is clear enough on this—see I Timothy 5:17-18 and I Corinthians 9:9-14. Having established that they ought to be paid we have already moved away from the pseudo-gnostic notion that there is something inherently sketchy about it. That is, if we are inclined to think they ought to be paid nothing, we will likely find any payment gross and obscene. Such is envy badly disguised as piety. In principle I am persuaded that a. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Why is it acceptable for the church to change historical doctrines such as condoning birth control?

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Perfect Word Because the church can err. The church is the Bride of Christ. He has promised to be with us. He sent His Spirit to guide us, gave His perfect Word to direct us. He is about the business of removing from us every blot and blemish. But that must needs remind us that we have blots and blemishes, that we can and do err. We live in an age that shows little respect for the bride of Christ, even among those who make up the bride of Christ. We are given to autonomy, individualism. We see the church. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What would you want on your tombstone, if you could have only one word?

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This “Ask RC” goes back twenty years. It was asked of me by my friend and co-laborer Laurence Windham. Laurence has a preternatural gift of asking what he calls “diagnostic questions,” questions that slip into ordinary conversation that end up, before we know what has happened, exposing our souls. I, having known Laurence for some time, had learned to be on my guard when he asked it. I took a minute or two to think it through and answered this way—“I know what I would want on my tombstone, but I also know what I ought to want on my. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Does God really decide, and care who wins a football game?

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I began asking this question myself long before Tim Tebow was even born. I was a little boy, deeply committed to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I remember praying that they would beat the Oakland Raiders in an upcoming playoff game. When my prayer ended fear set in—what if there were a little boy just like me, somewhere in Oakland, praying that the Raiders would beat the Steelers? My father comforted me by explaining that no real Christian would ever pray for the Raiders. God Decides Everything The truth is God does decide, and He does care. He not only decides who. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should we as Christians celebrate the Jewish feasts of the Old Testament?

Ask RC: Should we as Christians celebrate the Jewish feasts of the Old Testament?

Without question the most vexing challenge faced by the early church was understanding how believing Jews and believing Gentiles ought to relate to one another. The theme gets major play in Galatians, Hebrews, Acts, and is even the root of the issue that led to Paul’s stern and public rebuke of Peter. That so much time and attention was paid to this issue might incline us to believe it was settled. Or it just may prove how deep runs the temptation to botch this up. Faith & Works Let’s start here — we have peace with God by trusting in. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Why is your new church plant called Ascension Presbyterian Church?

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As with when I started Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in 1996, I recognize that I don’t have the freedom to name a church all by my lonesome. I did, however, in both cases, bring a suggestion to the gathered core group. In both instances, my suggestion carried the day. The church, which begins to meet for worship January 5, is called Presbyterian Church because I believe in honesty in labeling. That is, we are both Presbyterian and a church. We are ruled by elders, and are connected to a broader denomination for accountability. We are a church in the sense. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Can a person who has committed suicide go to heaven?

Ask RC: Can a person who has committed suicide go to heaven?

Yes. Heaven is not a place for those who did not sin. It is a place for those whose sins are covered by the blood of Christ. The question, however, is understandable for at least three reasons. Is suicide unforgiveable? First, murder is a most grievous sin. Once we get past the common evangelical error that all sins are equally wicked (see an earlier piece here) we recognize that murder will surely be one of the biggest sins. After all, we are told those who practice these things will not see the kingdom of heaven (Gal. 5:21). That said, however,. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Do you believe there are people who are incapable of repenting?

Do you believe there are people who are incapable of repenting?

Yes. Recognizing these people, I might add, is rather easy. Most of them have two eyes, two ears, a nose and a mouth. That is to say, we are all by nature children of wrath. We begin our existence at enmity with God. We have, in ourselves, nothing good in us. As such, left to our own devices, we don’t even have the capacity to repent. God commands that we do so, but we hate Him and all that He stands for. We are rebels.

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The Apotheosis of Washington

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Rhetoric is a funny thing. We can fall off one of two sides of the horse. We can let our language get away from us, as passion trumps precision and words become weapons rather than tools. Or, we can lull ourselves to sleep with safe, sensible, language that covers wickedness with politeness. Of course, when our rhetoric gets away from us and we are warned, we think we’re being encouraged to cover wickedness. When, on the other hand, we are challenged for being overly polite, we think we’re being pushed to be boorish. If I’m honest I would have to. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: How open should we be with small children about great evils like abortion?

As a lifelong homeschooling dad I’m used to the charge that I am guilty of “sheltering” my children. (My response to the accusation is simple- what are you going to charge me with next, feeding and clothing them?) I’m not ashamed to shelter my children. I was still a boy when my own father bestowed on me what he called “Patriarchal Principle #1”- You don’t have to live in a garbage can to know it stinks. So my children do not consume mass media as freely as many of their peers. They don’t know what sexting is, nor do they. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Are churches that cater to a particular subculture (cowboy churches, biker churches, clown churches) a good thing or a bad thing?

A bad thing. Not though because there’s anything wrong with being a cowboy, riding motorcycles or wearing red noses. We ought not to begrudge a person their hobby, or even their subculture. And I understand how these things can get started, often with the best of intentions. People who are caught up in a subculture often feel uncomfortable around those who are not a part of that same subculture. Since a cowboy, or a biker might feel awkward at a typical church, why not create one just for them, where they would feel comfortable? After all, the cowboy or biker,. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: If you could go back in time, what would you tell 18 year old you?

We all have regrets. We look back at forks in the road behind us and wonder where we might be now had we chosen more wisely back then. Every misstep, however, is an opportunity to learn, to follow more faithfully in Jesus’ footsteps. How gracious that our Lord not only covers our folly, but is able to grow wisdom out of it? Below are ten things now me would seek to impress into the stubborn mind of then me. 10. Cultivate gratitude, put to death grumbling. I am persuaded the path to future blessing follows on the trail of giving. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What do Protestants protest?

Sadly in our day, not much of anything. Luther, of course, began the Reformation by posting his 95 theses. His chief concern was the sale of indulgences.  Underscoring that concern were two principle concerns- the singular authority of the Bible, and the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Luther, along with the other magisterial Reformers, argued that the Bible is our alone ultimate authority in binding our conscience with respect to our faith and practice. It denied that the church provided either a compelling interpretation of the Bible, or a second source of infallible information. (For an outstanding exposition of. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What are ten things most American Christians do instinctively that they really, really need to think about in light of Scripture?

1. Assume that more education is the answer. We are children of the Enlightenment whose sacrament is education. But the Bible suggests that the problem is not that we are ignorant, but that we are wicked. 2. Assume that we can take fire to our bosom and not get burned. The world has set the bar of sexual morality so low that we think we stand tall, only to see ourselves fall. Whether it is in the media we consume, or how we interact with those around us, we are always just a small step from seduction by the immoral. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Is it a sin to celebrate Halloween?

I don’t know. And what’s more, I don’t care. First let me quickly deal with I don’t know, before moving on to the far more significant I don’t care. The Bible does not say, “Thou shalt not celebrate Halloween.” It certainly doesn’t say, “Though shalt not dress thy little girl as a princess, walk with her through the neighborhood and collect tasty treats.” It does, however, far more than we Christians, take very seriously the supernatural realm. When God established Israel He commanded that witches there be put to death. The same for necromancers. He understood that these are not. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What are your thoughts on “minced oaths?”

First a definition for those unfamiliar with the term. A “minced oath” is a bowdlerization of words or phrases otherwise deemed offensive or blasphemous. Common examples would be the substitution of darn for damn, heck for hell, gosh for God. Some argue that when we use these substitutes we nevertheless stand guilty of using the originals, that gosh takes God’s name in vain, and darn belittles the reality and horror of damnation. While I am sympathetic to that perspective, and give thanks for those who seek to be deliberate and to honor God with their tongues, I do not share. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Why did God command the children of Israel to kill every man, woman and child in the Promised Land?

Among the countless nuggets of wisdom I have received over the years from my father is this bit of gold- when you are reading your Bible and you come across something that makes you uncomfortable, resist the temptation to simply move on to something else. Where the Bible makes us uncomfortable is precisely where we need to slow down. It is compelling evidence of a specific weakness. When our thoughts or feelings bristle under God’s Word, He is right and we wrong. That said, it is understandable that so many would recoil from God’s command that every living person in. . . Read more »

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What are some concerns you have with how we practice courtship?

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I could, quite comfortably, spill an ocean of ink cataloging the weaknesses inherent in the contemporary dating scene. There is no question that the blessed revival of older forms of finding a spouse has been a profound boon to those who reject dating and all that comes with it. But as with homeschooling, it is all too easy to compare ourselves with our secular counterparts and be far too easily satisfied. Courtship is a good thing, indeed a better thing. But we can do better still. Blessings & Pitfalls of Dads in Charge First, one of the blessings of courtship. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What makes you proudest of your children?

My son Reilly, 8, plays in little league. He drove a ball into the outfield last week. But what delighted me most was when he, playing third base, congratulated an opponent for knocking a ball into the outfield. In like manner I’ve been to Maili’s recitals and come away impressed. Erin Claire has her mom’s flair for crafts and for cleaning. Delaney has an obvious aptitude for photography. Campbell is both a great athlete and student. Darby has been blessed with both my strengths and those of her mother. And Donovan, soon to be 4, is just too cute for. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: How are you doing on the anniversary of your daughter’s passing?

It is never a good thing when the phone rings in the middle of the night. Neither is it a good thing when my phone rings in the middle of class, especially when the call is from home. I took the call. There was, understandably, some uncertainty on the other end of the line. I tore out of the classroom and into my car. I called my parents as I drove, tears distorting my view. My mother couldn’t understand the words I struggled to say, “Shannon’s gone.” The six mile drive likely took less than five minutes and I raced. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What is R2k theology?

An aspiring theology wonk can often find himself swimming in a bewildering ocean of acronyms. Since we no longer debate our theology over the course of hours, but often do so using only our thumbs, shorthand is valuable, but challenging. Just when you realized the role of iaoc to npp and fv (that is, the imputation of the active obedience of Christ to the New Perspective on Paul and Federal Vision), now comes R2k. The acronym is short for one of two things, depending on how favorable one is to the position. Some use it for Reformed Two Kingdom, others. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Is it your hope that Reformation Bible College will become a new “Christian Harvard?”

Not only is that not my hope, but I actively hope and pray against such a conception. Christian, yes, Harvard, no. What, I wonder, do we actually mean when we are hoping for a “Christian Harvard?” A judgment of charity would assume we all agree on the “Christian” part. What we mean is an institution that is faithful to all that the Bible teaches. What Christian wouldn’t want that? I believe we can also agree on part of what I believe people mean by “Harvard” in this context. I am in favor of academic rigor and am confident that Reformation. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What is the three-fold use of the law?

God’s law serves at least three purposes, which Calvin wisely expressed. He affirmed that the law first serves as a mirror for us. It reveals the perfect character of God, and in so doing, it exposes our sin. This might be called the schoolmaster function. The law instructs us in our need for God’s grace. It reveals His perfection and our failure to measure up. It reveals our need for Christ. The second use is often called the civil use of the law. Here Calvin argued that those outside the kingdom are restrained by the revelation of the law. It. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Why do Christians disagree?

We, after all, affirm the same book. We, after all, are indwelt by the same Spirit. We, after all, are being remade into the same image. So why is it that we can’t seem to agree? The short answer is sin. Though our sins are forgiven, though sin no longer has dominion over us, though sin is daily being mortified in us, it yet remains, and has power. Which leads us to disagreements, to failures to submit to the Word of God in all that it teaches. How does sin lead us to disagree? Here are a few ways. Self-interest. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should Christians protest at abortion mills?

Should Christians Protest at Abortion Mills?

Yes and no. As I have argued here, there are some fine reasons why Christians should be a constant presence at their local abortion mill. It is true that different believers, even different churches have different callings. Trouble is, too often we “feel called” to that which is most comfortable, most respectable. If there are ten churches within a five mile radius of the local mill, and everyone of them supports Bible study programs for successful businessmen something is wrong. Just remember that both the priest and the Levite had some thriving ministries to get to back in Jerusalem as. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: The Great Commission calls us to make disciples of the nations. What is a disciple?

First, a disciple is just a student. It’s neither a magic nor an unusual word, but a simple one. We rightly distinguish between the twelve before the ascension of Christ and the twelve after, referring to the former as disciples and the latter as apostles. While a disciple is a student, an apostle is a messenger, sent by and with the authority of the Master. (Which is one important reason we must never fall into that temptation of pitting Jesus’ teaching against that of the apostles. “Oh, Jesus never talked about THAT. Only Paul did” is grievous error, and a. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Why do you write?

To make manifest the kingdom of God. My goal is change, to change me, those who read my pieces, and the world. My desire is that I, and those who read my pieces would become more like Jesus. And that the pieces themselves would show us who He is. Writing changes me, as it is at my keyboard that I do my best thinking about what matters most to me. Pieces are usually birthed while I am doing something else, taking a walk, buying groceries. But those nascent thoughts mature, become seasoned at moments just like this. Writing both listens. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should Christians be patriotic?

If ever there were an illustration of the importance of defining our terms, this would be it. I suspect we all operate with a rather broad range of meaning for patriotic. No one, I suspect, would embrace a pure posture of “My country, right or wrong. My country.” Nor would any believer simply suggest that we are at liberty to hate our neighbors.  The trouble is that, just as we think those who hold us up on the highway are pokey and those who pass us are maniacs, so we are tempted to think that those who are less patriotic. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Is Christianity a religion, or a relationship?

Yes. There are, of course, all manner of things that separate the Christian faith from all other faiths. Ours is the story of God condescending to us, rather than we climbing to Him. Ours is a story grounded in history, and eyewitnesses. And most importantly of all, ours is true. If then religion means merely how man earns God’s favor, if religion is merely the myths of our fathers, if religion is but the lies men tell themselves to feel better about themselves, then of course, Christianity is no religion. It is, however, perfectly appropriate to use the term religion. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: May women preach at abortion clinics?

Of course not. Not only may they not, but they can not. They are not permitted to, and they are not able to. They may not preach because preaching is a function of those called to that ministry, those who rule in the church. And Jesus tells us that women are not to teach in the church and are not to rule over men in the church (I Timothy 2:12). It is, however, precisely because they may not that they can not. To be more clear, preaching is the authoritative exposition of the Word of God, given from one with. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should my family, or my church break ties with the Boy Scouts of America, given their decision to welcome openly homosexual scouts?

There is plenty of angst out there over this difficult question, most of it grounded in the perception that this once deeply conservative organization is now lurching to the left. Similar angst has come in recent years as ties between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts have made the news. It is not my conviction that anyone has an obligation to boycott an organization that supports wicked causes. I would argue, in fact, that if we can learn anything about Paul’s discussion of meat offered to idols (I Corinthians) it is that we have liberty on these matters. Meat is. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Why won’t my pastor preach against abortion?

Ask RC: Why Won't My Pastor Preach Against Abortion?

Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second.  Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what you have against grey. . . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should Christians obey the Old Testament law?

Of course. Well, wait, it’s complicated. Most Christians agree that we are not to obey what Bible scholars call “the ceremonial law.” The notion that a believer must be circumcised was a critical battle while the New Testament was being written. And the apostles were clear that such was not only not required, but that those who did require it preached another gospel. Paul even wished that those who taught that view would emasculate themselves (Galatians 5:12). Christians disagree about the responsibility of the state to enforce the civil law that God gave to His people Israel.  This is that. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What’s the difference between a fundamentalist and an evangelical?

There’s a great deal of history and nuance to this question. One could argue that the terms are identical. Both groups trace their roots to a prior term, and the shift to the new term to the same source. That is, in a very real sense these once were synonyms for the prior term Protestant. At the time of the Reformation Protestants were those who affirmed the solas of the Reformation. That remained true across the board among Protestants until the rise of theological liberalism. Liberalism had its historical roots in the Protestantism, but it not only denied the solas,. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should the pastor preach against the sins of his congregation?

Of course. And of course not. The sermon is that part of the service where God’s Word exposes our failures and proclaims Christ’s provision. The end is not the sin, but neither can the sin be ignored. We do not preach simply to tell the congregation, “Stop it. Try harder. This is the right way to go.” Rather we preach to tell the congregation, “Stop trying harder. Jesus already went this way.” That is, we want to face our sins, give thanks for the forgiveness of our sins, and in gratitude, seek to follow the royal law of love. As. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What is hesed?

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There may be no more significant Old Testament description of how God relates to His people than this Hebrew word hesed. I argue that the best translation of this term would be “loyal love.” God loves His people genuinely, immutably, loyally. Both the love and the loyalty are, of course, tightly bound together. That is, just as one cannot love capriciously so one cannot be loyal without love. God is for His people, and will never cease to be for them. Our calling is to reflect that reality. Our loyalty and our love, grounded in our loyal love toward Him. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: How Does Mass Media Set Our Agendas?

The power of the media is less what it gets us to think, more what it gets us to think about. That is, they have less influence on our credenda than our agenda, less on what we believe, more on what we believe we’re supposed to do. I was driving down the interstate after a memorial service for a beloved friend with six hundred miles to go before I would sleep. News broke of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. As I searched the radio dial for information it dawned on me that there is already. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: How can an infinite hell be just when our sins are finite?

The wisdom of this question, I would argue, is that it gets at the real horror of hell. A lake of fire is a frightening thought indeed. The greater dread, however, is the duration of hell, that it never ends. This, I suspect, is what tempts some to try to tweak the church’s historic view on hell, including everyone from John Stott to Rob Bell. Is it possible to posit a truly terrifying, painful hell that only lasts a time? Can we affirm the just judgment of God, and still hope that it will one day come to an end?. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What does it take to write well?

Though it is most often attributed to the great sports writer Red Smith, no one knows for sure who first bled this great insight- “Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed.” Like all great metaphors, this one invites us to slow down and examine its many facets. First, writing hurts. It hurts in part because you are giving up for public view that which courses through your veins. Though we likely all do it to one degree or another in whatever line of work we do, precious few lines of work have such a clear and immediate. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Should American pastors ever preach warning us of our burgeoning police state and the erosion of our liberties?

It is not at all unusual for us to defend our own peculiar perspective by painting our opponents in the worst possible light. There is genuine disagreement over whether political issues have any place in preaching, even among the Reformed. Those who stand opposed, however, lob their arguments against those who wrap their sermons in the American flag, who create six part sermon series on why poll taxes are more biblical than property taxes. Those who are more eager for sermons dealing with political issues, on the other hand, argue against Gnostic preaching that seems to suggest that anything outside. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: Is it true that “if you don’t have a conversion story you don’t have a conversion”?

Sure it is. As long as what we mean by “having a conversion story” is broad enough to include, “I have loved and depended on the finished work of Christ as far back as I can remember.” Sadly, it is unlikely this is what people who say such things mean. There are at least two different kinds of believers. Some are what we call cradle Christians, others might be called crisis Christians. And because both groups are composed of sinners, it is not at all unusual for them to fuss and fight with each other. In the first instance we. . . Read more »

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Ask RC: What is systematic theology, and why is it important?

It is an important part of my task as I teach Reformation Bible College students systematic theology to familiarize them with the grammar of our theological conversations. I’m called to introduce them not just to the issues theologians wrestle with, but to the language they use when wrestling with the issues. In the broader evangelical world we have a hard enough time interesting people in any study of theology, let alone adding this rather odd adjective- systematic. The language is as foreign from our grammar as the concept is foreign to our culture. We all need to learn, professional and. . . Read more »

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