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Keeping Focus.

By |2020-01-10T09:56:51-05:00January 10th, 2020|Blog|

Sin is the violation of God’s law not the violation of some aspect of Freudian psychoanalysis (1 John 3:4). Perhaps one of the most destructive, incapacitating fruits of pietism is the naval-gazing obsession with the war inside of a man. Retreating from his responsibility to mature in God’s law, develop, and fight, the pietist sees no culpability and thus no calling to reform his external environment. Thanks to Freud and Jung, he is too busy looking inward. Not that a man goes without mortifying his flesh! Far be it from me to suggest that sinless perfectionism is a legitimate, orthodox [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Dialectical Maneuvering

By |2017-07-28T08:15:11-05:00July 28th, 2017|Blog|

"And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." (Romans 1:27 KJV) Given the fact that we are now a nation given over to our lusts, it's probably high time we look at what's beneath the sexual devolution. It's never simply a matter of who's doing what with their private-parts; it's also a matter of why someone is doing that to themselves (or others). Which means, contrary to what you might [...]

“I’m a church person”

By |2017-06-14T12:26:00-05:00June 14th, 2017|Blog|

Yesterday my friend (and his wife) and I were at the Saginaw death-pit preaching Christ and him crucified. There were approximately 5 babies killed there yesterday, and while pretty much every interaction we had was tranquil, one interaction disturbed me. The interaction was with one of the grandmothers who, upon dropping off the young girl who was pregnant, left with what I assume was either her other daughter, or a friend. Either way, they dropped off the girl to Molech, and drove off thinking that the priests of Baal might be able to help. Anyhow, while leaving, they rolled down [...]

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