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On Pastoral Robes and Supreme Court Justices

This week, at the beginning of the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse gave a remarkable 10 minute address on the significance of the Supreme Court Justice robe. As I listened to him explain the meaning of the simple black robe to the Senate, I was struck by how relevant his comments are for understanding why mini...

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Some concerns about the top 50 best selling "Christian" books of 2016.

  The Evangelical Publishing company in January released a list of the top 50 best-selling Christian books of 2016. I'm not sure what the right word is to express my reaction: Disappointment? Discouragement? Disgust? Concern? Shock? Truth be told, I felt some mixture of all of these as I scanned the books on this list. One Christian author put it well when he called ...

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What's missing in your worship service?

Tim Challies wrote a short article this past week that got my attention, "The Missing Elements of Modern Worship." His point is simple: elements that used to be hallmarks of Christian worship over the centuries have gone missing in many contemporary American churches. What are some of these missing elements? He identifies five: prayer, scripture reading, confession of sin ...

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Which false teacher are you listening to?

A few months ago popular Christian teacher and blogger Jen Hatmaker publicly spoke out in support of same sex marriage, shocking many in the conservative Christian world of which she was presumed to be a part. In the wake of the controversy, Christianity Today published a thought-provoking article about "the bigger story" behind the Jen Hatmaker reversal, observing the out...

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Spare the Rod? Spanking in an age of child abuse

In his blog post, "Why Jesus wants you to stop spanking your kids," theologian Benjamin Corey speaks to what seems to be a growing conviction inside of evangelical Christianity: God is against spanking. What seems to have triggered his post was the arrest and subsequent suspension of NFL football player Adrian Peterson for child abuse after "spanking" his child with a tree...

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Why I baptized my children, and why I will baptize yours if you let me...

Several years ago I had the great privilege of baptizing my daughter Tenley when she was just a few months old. Before the baptism, Lindsay and I sent a letter to our family and friends, many of whom were completely unfamiliar  (and some, suspicious) with the practice of infant baptism. In light of the upcoming baptisms this weekend, I have posted the letter in its e...

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Why Church Membership? The importance of community in an individualistic and online world

Why should I join a church? Is there really a difference between joining a church and attending regularly? I can now go to church "online" and watch a famous preacher on my TV - isn't that just as good as joining a local church? In our day, where both technology, individualism, and a consumer approach to religion are rampant, these are all questions that come up and need ...

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A Great Divide: The Fundamental Difference Between the PCA and PCUSA

One of the questions that I routinely get asked as the minister of a Presbyterian Church is this: “What is the difference between your church and the Presbyterian Church down the road?” I have found that simply asserting that we are part of the PCA and the other Presbyterian Church is part of the PC(USA), only leads to “What is the difference between the ...

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What happened to the Presbyterian Church USA?

This week the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States, approved an ammendment to their constitution to redefine marriage as "a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a women, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives." The church had voted to adopt this change at last years General ...

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A Reformed Church

Redeemer is a "Reformed" church. What does that mean exactly? ...

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