Volu 100 Issue 03

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God’s folly

Most junior high students know what “Seward’s Folly” was. Appointed Secretary of State by Abraham Lincoln, Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia during the presidency of Andrew Johnson. Most citizens thought that the purchase price of 7.2 million dollars was a waste of taxpayers’ money and dubbed the deal “Seward’s Folly.” That “folly” proved itself over time to be a very wise investment, full of bounty, from oil to animal skins and from fish to forestry. It also proved to be militarily strategic in World War II. The Bible speaks of another folly, a folly that is also...

Preaching the call of the gospel

A necessary element of biblical, Reformed preaching is the issuing of the call of the gospel. That call is the command to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin. We ought to have a proper understanding of the place of the call of the gospel in the preaching on account of the history of the Protestant Reformed churches. Our origins as a denomination nearly one hundred years ago lie in a denial of the teaching that makes the call of the gospel into a well-meant offer. While opposing that teaching, we have been...

Preaching in missions

Rather than addressing the subject of preaching on the mission field from an abstract point of view, I intend in this article to exemplify what I write by using some of my experiences on the mission field both in a foreign country and in the United States. Though I have preached in several third world countries (Ghana, India, and the Philippines), I can best draw from my labors for several years on the island of Jamaica. Likewise, though I have preached in several different cities in the U.S., I draw from my labors especially in Pittsburgh. Preaching is the power...

The elder’s blessed calling to oversee the gospel preaching

The elders are called by God to rule and oversee the church of Jesus Christ. This oversight also includes the calling to preach the gospel faithfully in the church and on the mission field. The elders are accountable to God Himself for what is preached, how it is preached, and for what is not preached on the pulpit. This calling has eternal signif­icance that ought to bring all faithful officebeaerers to their knees, confessing with the apostle Paul, “And who is sufficient for these things?” (II Cor. 2:16). God’s grace is sufficient for those who humble themselves before Him and...

When the weak come to worship

For the sincere child of God, one of the most terrifying passages in all of Scripture must be James 1:22: “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Such a clear command with such a dire consequence for disobedience. Those who hear the Word and walk away unchanged are in dreadful danger of falling into self-deception: believing themselves to be faithful followers of Christ and yet continuing in their sins. God’s Word simply must change us, and not just every once in a while, but regularly. If it does not, we have reason...

Prepare your hearts and minds

We have all experienced those harried Sunday mornings following a busy activity-filled week at one point or another. “Where’s my shoes, mom?” “Hurry up and eat your breakfast!” “Did you remember to get cash for collection?” “Is my shirt ironed?”…and then we all sit down 10-15 minutes before the service begins in a muddled and frustrated mess. We have arrived physically, but we have forgotten, once again, to prepare our hearts and minds to hear the One who has safely brought us there in the first place. Your pastor has been laboring all week to bring the Word of God...

Keep reading, Johnny, keep reading!

Preaching and technology We live in an age of rapidly accelerating technological innovation, and that has an impact—sometimes for better, sometimes for worse—upon every sphere of life, including preaching in the great congregation. For example, it is very common for churches to upload their sermons to SermonAudio, or their entire worship service to YouTube. Such massive libraries of audio and/or visual content give believers anywhere in the world easy access to a treasure trove of biblical exposition so that they can grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Furthermore, as part of their evangelistic efforts, churches are...

11/01/2023