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The Greatness of the Great Commission and Our Self-Induced Incompetence Through the Means of Ecclesiastical Authoritarianism

By |2019-09-03T15:43:06-05:00September 3rd, 2019|Blog|

This message was given on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Christian Word Center International in Lusaka, Zambia. I have come to encourage you, no doubt, but I have also come to challenge you. Gold is not purified without some level of heat, and your sanctification isn’t going to happen without a little bit of pressure. We tend to learn the most in the furnace of affliction, so I intend on placing you all in the fiery furnace of examination for just a little while in order to help all of us grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Biblical Worldview Seminar

By |2017-02-02T13:57:37-05:00February 2nd, 2017|Blog|

This past Saturday night I joined up with my friend Pastor Eric Stewart from ONElife Church in Flint, MI to teach on what it means to have a covenantal, biblical worldview. I taught two sessions, called "Worldview Foundation," and "Worldview Application." Eric and his wife Lori walked through what it looks like to understand family (and church) in a covenantal way. The videos are all below.

Applying the Covenantal Worldview

By |2017-01-04T14:23:19-05:00January 4th, 2017|Blog|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. ------------------ My previous article released last month called, “Understanding God’s Covenantal World,” was meant to introduce you to the truly biblical way of looking at God and His relationship to the world. I am convinced that getting this paradigm right will absolutely equip you to tackle any issue you may face. The reason, of course, is because once we get a solid worldview in place, we can, as Paul says, “Destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey [...]

Understanding God’s Covenantal World

By |2016-12-20T08:54:02-05:00December 20th, 2016|Blog|

You can listen to this in podcast form over at Reconstructionist Radio. ------------ One of the most revolutionary ideas for me was understanding God’s covenants. What I don’t mean by that is doing fun little Sunday School studies on the Noahic Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, Davidic Covenant and New Covenant. All of those, like a jigsaw puzzle, fit together to form what Reformed theologians have taught for centuries, the covenant of grace. With Adam and Eve in Eden, we have the covenant of works, or as it is sometimes called, the covenant of creation. Everything after Genesis 3, and leading up to the New [...]

Social Theory and Covenantal Sanctions

By |2015-12-17T08:05:14-05:00December 17th, 2015|Blog|

I working my way through Dr. Gary North’s book, Millennialism and Social Theory, and I can’t put it down. For far too long Christians have failed to give a cogent answer for both social theory and its institutional bonds in a culture. In other words, the pietists are running amuck. North challenges both amillennialism and premillennialism both exegetically and logically. Those two eschatological categories are dubbed “pessimillennialism,” because both do not see the church victorious in history. (The only way “out” of this whole mess is for Christ to come and mop it up; don’t think you can do anything about it! [...]

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