The Reality of Materialism

Recently, I had the privilege of meeting a new family in our church. They’ve spent the last several years of their life in Connecticut where they struggled to find Christian fellowship, and by God’s providence, they have been able to move down to Charleston. On this past Sunday, our families had lunch together, and we…

Lesson from Proverbs 2: When Wisdom Mocks

Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the public squares she raises her voice; on the highest walls she calls out, at the entrance of the gates to the city she makes her speech; “How long, you gullible, will you love being gullible” – and mockers delight themselves with mocking; and fools hate knowledge? Turn…

Walking Through Proverbs

The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding, To receive instruction in wise behavior, Righteousness, justice, and equity; To give prudence to the naive, To the youth knowledge and discretion, A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a…

Book Review: The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

During last year, I spent a good amount of time reading on books dealing with sanctification. While there are many books that address this teaching, I’ve come to realize that most books on this topic within Reformed circles have two basic problems: (1) they merely repeat and/or reword the doctrine of sanctification found in Reformed…

Baptism and the Unity of the Church

In dealing with the numerous struggles with fellow believers within the local church, I am constantly drawn to the same question that was raised by the apostle Paul regarding our sanctification: Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Romans 6:3 Paul’s question…

Outgrowing the Church?

As mentioned in the previous blog(s), we are called and commanded to love the fellow members of our local church. You may now agree that God calls all Christians to join (i.e. to be committed to) a local church and that God calls you to love the family of God in your local church. However,…

Loving the Local Church

As mentioned in the previous blog, the local church is the ordinary and primary means in which God sanctifies and grows believers, which means that church membership is non-negotiable for Christians. However, the trends in church membership and church attendance have created a new category of Christians in social science research who “love Jesus but…