Monthly Archives: April 2015

Counting the Cost Poll: Would You Be Willing to Forsake All That You Have?

A question for Christian friends who are currently opposed to homosexual marriage: If the cost of remaining opposed to homosexual marriage becomes losing your ability to work for the government* or company you work for, lose your tax exempt status, and … Continue reading

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Counting the Cost For Christians of the Nationwide Legalization of Homosexual Marriage

Dr. Al Mohler, the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written an article that all Christians who are religiously opposed to same sex marriage need to read.  But before I discuss some of the issues Dr. Mohler raises, I need first … Continue reading

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Why Do Pastors Get Depressed?

The faithful preacher lives a life filled with melancholy – one cannot read the writings of Jeremiah or Paul, or the biographies of men like Luther and Calvin and Edwards and not recognize that they were often struggling with Depression. … Continue reading

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Samuel Miller’s Pastoral Theology

My own first contact with Samuel Miller, Old Princeton’s Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Church Government, came many years ago when I read an essay that had a quote from his “Presbyterianism The Truly Primitive and Apostolical Constitution of the … Continue reading

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon on How Ministers Should Dress

The question is often raised about how Reformed ministers should dress in the pulpit. We have “Missional” pastors who will spend a fortune to affect a carefully arranged “grunge preacher” look, and then we have “high-church” reverends who prefer to look … Continue reading

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Samuel Johnson On the Absurdity of Materialism

The pen of 18th century London journalist Samuel Johnson produced many memorable quotes, but this one is by far my favorite. If only the legions of 21st century materialists would take it to heart… A learned gentleman who holds a … Continue reading

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Preparing Our Hearts For Worship

Many Christians report that, “they don’t get much out of worship” and that they find themselves listless, distracted, sleepy, bored, and unenthusiastic on Sunday morning. I am convinced, with the Puritans, that a major reason for this is a failure … Continue reading

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