Three Strategies for Overcoming the Superficial Life

Our tragic loss of wonder and amazement is epidemic, especially in our age of ever-present distraction by superficial input from every manner of media.Listen Now

Psychiatrist: Transgenderism Is Without Basis In Science

From a scientific perspective, let me clarify what ‘transgendered’ actually means. I am speaking now about the scientific perspective and not any political lobbying position that may be proposed by any group, medical or non-medical. ‘Transgendered’ are people who claim that they . . . Continue reading →

2017 Regional Conference in Los Angeles: Special Online Rate Ends Today

Today is the last day to secure the special online rate for our upcoming regional conference in Los Angeles. Join us on June 9-10, 2017, as Ligonier Teaching Fellows W. Robert Godfrey and Stephen Nichols will be joined by Michael Horton, Julius Kim, a…

Psalm 8: Majesty in Meekness

God conquers his foes by weak babies and rules the world with weak men. He is more likely to use your weaknesses for his glory than your strengths.Watch Now

The Regulative Principle of “Liturgical Sameness?” (Steve Tipton)

In the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)–the denomination in which I serve as a minister of the Gospel–quite a number of ministers lament the fact that you can attend five of our churches (all within the same city) only to have five very different worship experiences. Additionally, these same ministers lament what seems to be an utter lack of any kind of corporate worship identity within the denomination as a whole. It is indisputable that there is a lack of uniformity in worship practices within the denomination. In light of that truth, the questions that we should be asking are: “Why is there such diversity regarding worship practices in the PCA?” and “Should we view this diversity as a negative thing?”

Some have suggested that the basis for such divergence in worship practices is due, at least in large part, to a lack of understanding of the Regulative Principle of Worship (RPW)–a principle that is found in Chapter 21 of the Westminster Confession of Faith. Others have suggested that it is due to the fact that the “Directory for the Worship of God” (a section of the PCA’s Book of Church Order) is mostly, non-binding upon the church. Still others have intimated that it is due to what they perceive to be a descent into the dark valley of the Judges, where everyone merely does what is right in their own eyes.

Whatever one may say, of this much we may agree: There is a lack of understanding of the RPW on the part of many who enter into this debate. The PCA’s “Directory for Worship” functions merely as an advisory document; and, apart from chapters 56-58, the Directory has no “force of law” in the PCA. Regardless of that fact, I want to make the following observations about the the greater issues that lie behind the widespread divergence in worship practices in the PCA:

First, I have observed an almost universal lack of understanding as to what the Regulative Principle of Worship actually is. Therefore, there is …

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3GT Episode 35: Incrementalism or Absolutionism?

To start things off, the boys open the mailbag and get excited. They discover there are such creatures as English Presbyterians, and one has even listened to every 3GT episode. Another listener responds to our Lord’s Day episode with an encouraging testimony in the workplace.

Then Aaron rewinds to Episode 22 and brings us back to the issue of abortion and the pro-life movement. Should Christians be content with small steps of progress? Or should our simple aim be to outlaw this awful practice? And does the Bible speak to our approach? With little lives on the line, we must keep this issue ever before the church without losing the gospel in the process.

Thank you to the Westminster Conference for sponsoring this episode! Being held September 8-9, 2017, at RPTS, this year’s theme is “Post Tenebras Lux: Celebrating 500 Years of Martin Luther’s Influence.” Be sure to register early as space is limited! Also, listen for how you can win a digital anthology of all the past Westminster Conferences.


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A Pastor’s Reflections: What They Don’t Teach You in Seminary

One of the regular complaints I hear from graduates is that they believe their seminary education did not adequately prepare them for the various counseling challenges they face in the pastorate.

8 Sins You Commit Whenever You Look at Porn

We know that pornography is an ugly and harmful sin. We know that those who indulge in porn have committed the sin of lust, but there is so much more to it than that. When you open your browser and begin to look at those images and videos, you are sinning in ways that go far beyond lust. Here are 8 sins you commit when you look at porn. You commit the sin of idolatry. All sin is idolatry, an …

A La Carte (April 25)

Today’s Kindle deals include several good books, including a personal favorite on prayer. Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Al Mohler takes on an important question for a time of great cultural uncertainty. Nature Documentaries Are Fake (Video) I think we already know that our favorite nature documentaries aren’t entirely real. Here’s an explanation. Creating a Culture of Hospitality “Church doesn’t just happen on Sunday morning and Wednesday nights. We all know that. In our busy and self-isolating …

An Important but Neglected Tool for Clear Thinking: Learn to “Divide the Issue”

There are a lot of important steps in understanding, making, and countering an argument (define terms, follow the laws of logic, etc.) But “dividing the issue” is just as important—and neglected. Here’s an illustration from a piece on global warming.