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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 [...]

Thus Always to Tyrants?

By |2019-12-02T15:24:37-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Blog|

Regarding the current administration’s second amendment plans, you should know that a day of reckoning will come very soon for citizens of Virginia, and it will set a precedent for how we advance the cause of liberty as it pertains to other social issues. To those who “back the blue” by schizophrenically waving their “Thin Blue Line” flag next to the “Don’t Tread On Me Flag,” I need to you to understand that the “blue” won’t be there for you when it comes to Red Flag laws and other arbitrary gun regulations. They aren’t there for you now when, in [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Books I’ve Read in 2016

By |2016-12-31T10:05:55-05:00December 31st, 2016|Blog|

Another year, another stack of books. Some I highly recommend, others...well...you know. If you're looking for an idea of ones I think you should read, drop me a comment. This is, for the most part, the order in which I read them. Genesis: A Commentary by Bruce Waltke -- A great commentary. Not too technical, but technical enough to help you wade through the Hebrew intricacies. It's evangelical, which is always helpful. Preaching Christ from Genesis by Sidney Greidanus -- I found myself enjoying this book at times, and not liking it at other times. I love Greidanus' approach to [...]

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 [...]

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