Category Archives: The Means of Grace

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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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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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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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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Common Problems In Modern Preaching

Since my conversion in 1993, I’ve listened to a lot of sermons, ancient and modern, reformed and non-reformed, and I’ve noticed that every age in the church has had its own persistent problems in preaching – for instance ancient sermons … Continue reading

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The Deceiver’s Top Ten Tips For Making Sure You and Your Family Have a Miserable And Fruitless Experience in Church this Sunday

If you’ve been a Christian for any period of time at all, you may have noticed that the more time you spend in church, the harder it is to fit in and feel comfortable with non-believers or to really enjoy … Continue reading

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‎8 Pieces of Advice for Christians Who are Considering Moving

1) Have an eternal perspective when it comes to moving. Follow the example of the Apostolic church and put prayer, preaching, and the fellowship of the saints ahead of career and possessions. That means always being part of a church … Continue reading

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What’s the Problem with our Singing?

While I love Old School Presbyterian worship, there is one part of it that seems to a be a problem wherever you go or whichever congregation you visit, and that’s our singing. We Reformed  Confessional types do a lot of … Continue reading

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Ten Suggestions To Help You Grow in Grace and Knowledge in the New Year

1) Read Your Bible Before you read your email, log in to Face Book, turn on the radio, etc. Far too many of us spend time in the world, before we spend time in the Word and as a result … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading “What is Biblical Preaching?” by Eric Alexander

Pastors are sometimes more reticent than reporters when it comes to revealing their sources. But I’ll go ahead and and let you know that I first encountered EM Bound’s advice regarding the link between the pastor’s piety and the power … Continue reading

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Is a Virtual Church Really a Church?

For almost twenty years a cadre of brave, but largely unheeded, commentators such as David Wells and Udo Middelmann have been striving to alert Christians to the fact that church marketing gurus have fundamentally changed the pattern of evangelical churches. … Continue reading

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Some Meals Can’t Be Eaten “take-out”

Sometimes people ask if might be possible to take the elements of the Lord’s Supper to those who were not in the worship service or to simply have the pastor do a small “Lord’s Supper” service with the sick and … Continue reading

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Are Roman Catholic Baptisms Valid?

In the late 1980s a debate arose within the PCA that has troubled Presbyterians for centuries, namely is Roman Catholic Baptism valid, or should we baptize someone who was sprinkled in a Roman Catholic Church when we admit them to … Continue reading

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Recommended Resource on the Status of Covenant Children

For those of you who may have read the On Deciding Whether A Child is Ready to Receive the Lord’s Supper and Contra Schenck posts and who are now looking for further resources on the status of the children of … Continue reading

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On Deciding Whether A Child is Ready to Receive the Lord’s Supper

One of the responsibilities of sessions is determining whether a non-communing child is now ready to receive the Lord’s Supper. Over the years, it has become the custom in many Reformed churches, even Old School Presbyterian (OSP) ones, to assume … Continue reading

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The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ, Pt. 2 of 2

The Elements of Public Worship Part VII The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ Pt. 2 of 2 “Q 169: How hath Christ appointed bread and wine to be given and received in the sacrament … Continue reading

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The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ, Pt. 1 of 2

                  The Elements of Public Worship Part VII The Due Administration and Right Receiving of the Sacraments Instituted by Christ Pt. 1 of 2 Q92: What is a sacrament? A92: A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ, wherein, … Continue reading

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Don’t Neglect the Means of Grace!

In 1911 Robert Falcon Scott attempted to be the first man to reach the South Pole. Scott knew that in order to reach the South Pole and return safely, the issue of supplies was going to be critical. And so … Continue reading

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