Author Archives: Andrew Webb

About Andrew Webb

I was converted out of paganism and the occult in 1993 and while I was initially Charismatic/Arminian in my theology, I became Reformed and Presbyterian through bible study and the influence of ministries like RC Sproul's. After teaching in local bible studies, and taking seminary courses part time, I began to feel called to the ministry in 1997. I was Ordained as an RE at Christ Covenant PCA in Hatboro, PA in 2000 and as a TE by Central Carolina Presbytery in 2001 when I was called to be the Organizing Pastor/Church Planter for Providence PCA Mission, Cross Creek PCA's church plant in Fayetteville, NC (home to Ft. Bragg and Pope Airforce Base). In 2005 when the Providence PCA Particularized I was blessed to be called by the congregation to be their Pastor

The Importance of the Collection

I believe that if we do something in Christian worship, we need to be doing it not because we think it might be a good idea or helpful, but because it is something that the bible teaches us to do. … Continue reading

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True Shepherds in a Time of Plague

In 1665 Bubonic Plague, the “Black Death” as it was called at the time, broke out in the city of London, and thousands died. Almost immediately, the royalty left the city, followed quickly by the rich, and then as one … Continue reading

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Relationship – The Key to True Prayer

[Note: This is the introduction to a multi-part series on prayer based on the Lord’s Prayer] “Teach Us to Pray” In Chapter 6 of Matthew, Jesus teaches His disciples much about prayer, in Matthew 6:5-8 He says: 5 ” And … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Difference Between Revoice Theology and Reformed Theology – the Sinfulness and Mortification of Sinful Desires

At the PCA General Assembly this week, we had several speakers (the most prominent being self-proclaimed Gay PCA pastor Greg Johnson) take issue with the Nashville Statement on the grounds that it condemns a homosexual self-identity. The speakers clearly indicated … Continue reading

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Dear Netflix…

Dear Netflix, We’ve been using your service virtually since it started, in fact just the other day I found one of the original DVD mailer sleeves from the 1990s that we were always losing track of. We enjoyed your service … Continue reading

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Don’t Let The Christchurch Mosque Shooter Win

I was sickened to hear about how two Mosques in New Zealand were attacked on Friday by a gunman describing himself as an “Eco-Fascist” and who ultimately murdered around 50 people. I am praying for the people of New Zealand … Continue reading

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The Nashville Statement and Why Our Congregation Adopted It

Most of the great creedal and confessional formulations of the church have been composed in response to widespread error or heresy within the body of Christ and while there are many different errors and heresies that are currently dividing the … Continue reading

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What Does the Bible Say About the Reasons for Disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma?

Whenever there is a tragedy like the terrible hurricane that struck Houston, the question “Why did this happen?”  is inevitably asked. When Christians ask that question they are not simply asking for a scientific explanation of the weather patterns in … Continue reading

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An Open Reply to Jemar Tisby and “The Downside of Integration for Black Christians”

Dear Jemar, I recently read your article entitled, “The Downside of Integration for Black Christians” which was posted on the RAAN Network on August 21, 2017 and I’d really like to engage you more on this particular subject. All too … Continue reading

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A Brief Introduction to Help You Study the Old Testament

1. Introduction If you look at the bible you will notice that majority of it is made up of the Old Testament The Old Testament did not drop from the sky as one complete book, it was also not all written … Continue reading

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A Short Explanation of the Primary Differences Between Christianity and the Various (Marxist) Liberation Theologies Gaining Ground Among Evangelicals

In Christianity the most fundamental division among men is between the saved and the unsaved (or expressed in the eternal sense the elect and the reprobate, the line of Cain and the line of Seth) and while the divisions according … Continue reading

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My Day By Day Summary and Review of the Major Actions of the 2017 PCA General Assembly

Tuesday (6/13/17) 1) Most of the committee of commissioners (CoC) meetings were held on Tuesday morning. I was on the CoC for Covenant College. There was nothing much of note in our deliberations, I did notice, however, that the Board … Continue reading

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Some Last Minute Thoughts About Overture 2

Part of my preparation for going to the Presbyterian Church in America’s 45th General Assembly in Greensboro includes attempting to read through all 646 pages of the massive 2017 Commissioners Handbook. And as I was doing that, I was extremely … Continue reading

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Teaching Children About Perversion from the Pulpit

The other day after watching the news, my nine year old daughter asked me what “pre-operative transgender children” were. I seriously doubt that the conversation that resulted would have been necessary twenty years ago, but how many of us, 20 … Continue reading

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Before You Get Divorced…

Over the past 15 years as a pastor, I have counseled a lot of people who have told me they wanted to divorce their spouse for reasons other than adultery or desertion. The most common reason given is that they … Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE REFORMED DOCTRINE OF DIVORCE?

Even the most cursory examination of the statistics concerning divorce in America reveals figures that are nothing short of staggering. In the 60 years between 1920 and 1980 the divorce rate more than tripled. The United States now has one … Continue reading

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Should We Make Images of Jesus?

Should We Make Images of Jesus? The Relationship between the Second Commandment and Images of Christ The Following is a Brief listing of just some of the Reformed Evangelical witnesses that directly address the creation and use of pictures of … Continue reading

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Wonder Bread Preaching

I was listening to a show on Christian radio yesterday and the host mentioned that what American Christians need and want is deep, compelling, convicting, expository, and doctrinal preaching. She’s not the first person I’ve heard on the radio who … Continue reading

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Why Charles Hodge Supported Christian Education, And Why You Should Too!

The nineteenth century Old School Presbyterian theologian Charles Hodge wrote in his Systematic Theology, “…it is a fact that unless children are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they, and the society which they constitute or control, … Continue reading

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A Thought for the Fourth of July

One of the great purposes of constitutions in Republics and Democracies is to protect the rights of minorities. The U.S. Constitution has done an admirable job of doing that. For over 200 years, in a world filled with ethnic cleansing, … Continue reading

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7 Reasons Christians Should STAY On Facebook

I read a lot of messages encouraging people to leave Facebook (and other social networks) these days and in partial answer to those calls, I wanted to outline 7 Reasons I believe Christians should STAY on Facebook. I hope this … Continue reading

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Was Eric Liddell a Legalist?

Chariots of Fire is undoubtedly one of my favorite movies. It tells the story of two runners who competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics. One of those runners was a man by the name of Eric Liddell, a man dubbed … Continue reading

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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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The Five Reasons for the Collapse of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

The British Historian Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) was no fan of the Christian faith, but his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is still worthy of being read, particularly because of his insights into the reasons for the collapse … Continue reading

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