How can I have confidence I am a Christian

As a pastor I am often confronted with people who have issues with Assurance.   These issues tend to go one of two ways.  The First way is that they have a great deal of confidence in their salvation without any evidence to buttress that confidence. The Second way is that they lack assurance for…

Best Books I read in 2020.

Throughout 2020 I read several great books. Here are my favorites.  Reformed Systematic Theology Volume 1: Revelation and God. By Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley https://www.heritagebooks.org/products/reformed-systematic-theology-volume-1-revelation-and-god-beeke-smalley.html This is one of the most helpful, deep, accessible Systematic theologies that I have ever read. It is an extremely intimidating book when you first grab hold of it,…

We Gather To Encourage Godliness

The latter half of Hebrews 10:24-25 has become a hot button topic in a year of pandemic lockdowns and social distancing. It is an important passage for the church to have a good recognition of and working theological knowledge of.  It teaches us the value and the command of the church gathering together. Furthermore, it…

The Pursuit of Holiness through Discipline.

Church Discipline is a difficult but biblical conversation.   I have found that it makes people uncomfortable and most don’t really want to have to go through with it. Oftentimes I have found that the reason people don’t want to deal with it is because they don’t understand the foundational purpose of this mark of…

The Necessity of Hospitality and Fellowship

In the New Testament as one engages the reality of the church there is a constant pattern of fellowship and hospitality.    In Acts chapter 2 when the first description of the church shows up Luke tells us that they are meeting together on a daily basis. In verses 42-47 the church gathers both in public…