Blog

All of scripture for all of life.

Blog/

High Octane Postmillennialism

By |2019-05-15T12:15:42-05:00May 15th, 2019|Blog|

Or, knocking off the temptation to want to look at the world around us, throw our hands in the air, and whine about it all.  The postmillennial eschatology, being the victorious expression of our covenant Lord in history, gives us not just a foretaste of the consummation of history, but a paradigm through which we understand victory itself. If we adopt the humanist version of history, we find that we’re progressing somewhere, but no one knows where this is, and the car has no brakes. If we adopt the premillennial view, the Church is going to give it the old [...]

The Greatest Threat to the Church

By |2019-04-23T14:29:31-05:00April 23rd, 2019|Blog|

It's high time we deal with this. The greatest threat to the Church in America isn’t a political candidate for president, AOC, or even immigrants coming over the “border.” It's not Russia or climate control, or radical Islam. The greatest threat is, very simply, statism. But even that’s not the root, though we’re getting closer. The reason full-blown, fully metastasized Statism is the greatest threat is tied to the fact that it exists as a rival religion--a rival social order for all of life--because the Church has allowed its tentacles to grow and we've even perpetuated and participated in its growth. It's [...]

Finished: The Meaning of Good Friday

By |2019-04-19T10:34:37-05:00April 19th, 2019|Blog|

Hanging on the cross, Jesus said one final word: tetelestai. This word, translated as "It is finished," is oftentimes the subject of curious speculation. What was finished? What is He talking about? His life: was that finished? The work of redemption: was that complete? Just what does John 19:30 mean? Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (Jn. 19:30) Contrary to said speculations, I am convinced that what Jesus is getting at has everything to do with the action before the statement. Notice the verse above: Jesus had received [...]

Books I’ve Read in 2018

By |2018-12-31T09:36:21-05:00December 31st, 2018|Blog|

So it's that time of year again, and I hope some of these books will make it to your bookshelf---there are some good ones! You can go back and look at past years if you so choose. (2012, 2015, 2016, 2017). Also, if you're on GoodReads, let's connect. You can also follow me on Amazon. Church Shift by Sunday Adelaja -- An interesting book from a very curious pastor. The story behind Pastor Adelaja's work in Ukraine is incredibly fascinating. There's a lot you can learn from this book, despite the fact that it may not be inside your "tradition." [...]

Why you shouldn’t support the heartbeat bill.

By |2018-12-29T07:36:54-05:00December 29th, 2018|Blog|

There's been a lot of chatter in Christian circles again about what is known as a "heartbeat bill," and the prattling continues because Republican Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, vetoed the legislation and then just a couple of days ago, the legislature failed to override it. Predictably, conservatives are out of sorts because they really wanted the bill to get passed. The question I want to raise is this: Should we support a heartbeat bill? I mean, after all, at least it's something to stop the slaughter, right? No. You shouldn't support it. Heartbeat bills are immoral, unjust laws. And here's [...]

Ministry Update & Call to Action!

By |2018-09-05T07:59:51-05:00September 5th, 2018|Blog|

So it's been nearly a year since we journeyed to Northern Virginia to plant Cross & Crown Church. We spent the first several months together as a core team prayerfully laying out our vision and plans as to what the future may look like if we take seriously our mission: "All of Christ, for all of life." Our reason for existence is quite simple: to equip men, women, and children to press the crown rights of King Jesus into every area of life. We understand that the goal of the Christian life is not to be locked up inside the four [...]

How to Change America in Two Easy Steps

By |2017-12-21T17:39:58-05:00December 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Driving through D.C. today had me thinking about something: how can we get through the sludge of big government and actually make a good change in this nation, and do so virtually overnight? Along a similar line of thinking, how could the (true) Church make some noise that would virtually cripple the entire nation, yet, while doing so, move it in a hugely positive direction? Well, rest assured, this isn't far-fetched. Here's how we can change America in two very easy steps. Are you ready? [This is not a joke, by the way.] Step #1: Every single Christian family that names the name of Christ [...]

Books I’ve Read in 2017

By |2017-12-15T15:47:57-05:00December 15th, 2017|Blog|

Apparently we can now classify this as an "annual" thing, because this marks the third annual "Books I've Read" post. You can go back and see 2012, 2015, and 2016. [Don't ask about 2013-2014. I read some books, I'm sure of it, but for whatever reason I didn't post anything regarding those years. Oh, and 2012 was weak-sauce so don't sweat that one too much. If you're on GoodReads, let's connect. You can also follow me on Amazon.] I'm a touch disappointed that my count was low this year, but after moving across the country to plant a new church, [...]

A Brief Word on Aversions and Our Need to Actually Fight

By |2017-12-09T18:38:01-05:00December 9th, 2017|Blog|

One thing the Church is good at is lobbing water balloons over the trenches during battle (thinking that somehow we are doing something helpful), all the while the enemy's .50 cal is mowing us down. Worse yet, many stand back thinking that they shouldn't even throw a water balloon, let alone engage in any form of battle. Unfortunately, at this point, I've already offended someone with the analogy. Our aversion to cultural engagement comes from a thorough conviction that Jesus would't want it that way, which is fueled by a quasi-Gnostic dualism that rejects any material "victory" in history. After all, [...]

How to Respond to AHA

By |2017-11-19T13:14:48-05:00November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. Welcome to Setting the Record Straight, a podcast of Reconstructionist Radio. I’m Jason Garwood, teaching pastor of Cross & Crown Church in Northern Virginia, and today I want to talk about abolition, and, specifically, those who would adhere to the principles of abolition to the degree that they associate with various societies around the world known as AHA: Abolish Human Abortion. So, let’s begin. I want to start by confessing some things up front. I’m a fallen sinner whose only standing before God is the imputed righteousness of [...]

Load More Posts