Book Review, Pastoral Theology

“Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus” by Mark Dever – A Book Review

Dever, Mark. Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016. 122 pp. In Discipling, Dever describes biblical discipling and shows how it is practiced in and through the local church. To be a Christian means being a disciple of Jesus and discipling others, which means doing deliberate spiritual good to help others… Continue reading “Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus” by Mark Dever – A Book Review

Personal Reflection, Preaching

Charles Simeon Trust

Last week, I had the privilege of participating in a Charles Simeon Trust workshop in Charleston, SC. The focus was preaching historical narrative in 1 Samuel. The organization is named after Charles Simeon, a faithful Bible preacher in England during the 1700s. Charles Simeon pastored for fifty-four years, faithfully preaching God's Word Lord's day after… Continue reading Charles Simeon Trust

Church History, Pastoral Theology

Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 3

This is now part 3 of 4 on a mini-series of posts introducing the worship practices of the early church. I have introduced the idea that the worship in the early church—though different from today’s forms, methods, and procedures—remains the same in its essential activities. This is true in at least three major areas: the… Continue reading Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 3

Ecclesiology, Pastoral Theology, Personal Reflection

Reading 9 books about the Church with the Church for the Church in 2019

Happy 2019! Mark Dever encourages pastors to read 9 books with men in their church for 9 months out of the year, not including June to August (see video below). When I first saw this in my news feed, I thought I'm too busy reading required texts from my seminary courses to participate. But I… Continue reading Reading 9 books about the Church with the Church for the Church in 2019

Church History, Hymnology, Pastoral Theology

Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 2

In the previous post, I introduced the idea that the worship in the early church—though different from today's forms, methods, and procedures—remains the same in its essential activities. This is true in at least three major areas: the day of worship, the place of worship, and the elements of worship. Previously, I introduced the day… Continue reading Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 2

Pastoral Theology, Personal Reflection

John MacArthur in the Ben Shapiro Show

In the Sunday Special Episode 29 of the Ben Shapiro Show, Ben interviews long-time pastor-teacher, John MacArthur. JMac answers all kinds of cultural and religious questions from the perspective of evangelical Christianity. MacArthur exhibits firm conviction on Scriptural truth with sincerity, care, love, and humility.  Topics discussed at various points of the interview include the… Continue reading John MacArthur in the Ben Shapiro Show

Pastoral Theology, Personal Reflection, Systematic Theology

When Santa Learned the Gospel

Photo from http://www.santagospel.com For many Christians, the month of December is a festive time of Christmas celebration. Unfortunately, a confused message of Christmas is being taught by the juxtaposition of the story of Jesus' birth and the story of Santa Claus.  Let's be honest, embedded in the story of Santa is the false gospel of… Continue reading When Santa Learned the Gospel