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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 [...]

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, [...]

The Gospel and the Ethical Imperative of Abolition

By |2017-02-26T21:05:41-05:00February 26th, 2017|Blog|

We live in a culture of death. A world where little humans are assassinated every single day. We live in a world where pre-born children have their limbs torn from them, and their body parts sold for gain. We live in a world where the most helpless neighbors among us are poisoned and then disposed of. This world we live in allows murder to take place while simultaneously making attempts at redefining what is actually taking place. Abortion is murder, and the butchering continues unabated. We live in a world where little men and women have their skulls crushed on [...]

The Problem of Pietism

By |2016-12-03T21:56:29-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Blog|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. ------------------------ I need to confess something to you right off the bat. If you’re anything like me, you oftentimes get this re-occurring feeling of wishing “you knew back then what you know now” sort of thing. It happens to me a lot—for I could have spared myself from some trouble!—but alas, we live, we grow, and we learn. At any rate, the confession I have is this: I wish I knew then how much pietism was ingrained in me. I hate the feeling of knowing something now and realizing how much help [...]

The Intoleristas Have Come to Michigan

By |2019-10-21T09:12:47-05:00April 9th, 2016|Blog|

I was recently made aware that the Department of Education in the state of Michigan is currently soliciting opinions from the people of our beautiful state. As it turns out, "Every voice counts" when it comes to this particular issue. Of course, we all know what that really means: We will listen to you as long as you agree with us. That's what the intoleristas are good at; tolerance only goes so far for those intolerant tolerance-proclaimers. In a war of "good news" messages, the "good news" for those a part of the sexual revolution is that sexuality and gender identity is entirely subjective, [...]

Today is the day!!

By |2014-12-16T07:00:06-05:00December 16th, 2014|Blog|

I'm excited to share with you that as of today, you can purchase my latest book Be Holy: Learning the Path of Sanctification! This has been an incredible journey, and a humbling one at that. The book has been something I've dreamt about for a long time, and it is hard to believe that we have come this far. I pray that you find it to be challenging, both biblically and practically, as well as refreshing. Sanctification can be a tricky thing, but the call to be holy as God is holy is a serious one we must consider. Two quick [...]

Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 22:21

By |2014-10-15T15:02:44-05:00October 15th, 2014|Blog|

In light of the recent events in Alaska, North Carolina (see this, too), and Houston, I thought it would be appropriate to put together yet another quick look at an often misunderstood verse. This one is no stranger to misrepresentation, so I want to be careful with it. The passage: Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not [...]

Misunderstood Verses: Matthew 24:34

By |2014-08-12T11:51:38-05:00August 12th, 2014|Blog|

In light of this past week’s Learning Community class I taught called, “Eschatology in August,” I thought it would be a great opportunity to address a misunderstood verse that has a lot to do with the study of “end times.” Here is our verse in question: Truly, I say to you, this generation (genea) will not pass away until all these things take place. (Matthew 24:34) […]

5 Things Husbands and Dads Can Do Right Now to Lead Their Family.

By |2014-08-04T14:44:42-05:00August 4th, 2014|Blog|

1.) Gather with the Church. Don’t tell me you are leading your family well when your church attendance is one week a month. The gathering of the saints of God is a sacred thing; it’s a time for corporate worship as we join with the heavenly angels in the eternal song of praise to our King. It’s edifying to your soul, it’s edifying to everyone around you. The Christian Sabbath is exceedingly important. You need Word and Sacrament–often. The Scripture commends it to you. Husbands: your wife needs you to lead your family. Fathers: your children need you to lead your family. So prove [...]

The need for tota scriptura

By |2014-07-22T10:06:09-05:00July 22nd, 2014|Blog|

It’s no secret: things are a changin’. Lawlessness and immorality are now virtuous principles to live by, secular media and politicians here in America are giving a lot of airtime for the very small population of people who demand that their homosexuality be given the title “marriage”–and thus equating it to the Civil Rights movement only a few short years ago, and politicians are flip-flopping like crazy in order to jump aboard the very fast liberal train with the intent on securing votes. Christianity has moved not only outside of the town square, but outside of town almost entirely. Before I explain where I am [...]

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