A Pastor’s Reflections: Sanity in the Swarm of Gnats

In my college days, I used to play in my church’s softball league. I had a lot of fun playing softball with my fellow teammates. In fact, I played in the fall, spring, and summer leagues—almost year-round.

What Is the Mind?

Here’s an excerpt from What Is the Mind?, R.C. Sproul’s contribution to the December issue of Tabletalk:
What is the mind? I remember one theologian who played a word game in seeking to answer that question. He said, “What is the mind?” And he said, “N…

Best Books of 2017

Undoubtedly, the “best” books reflect my interests and inklings. This doesn’t mean I agree with every point in all these books, but it does mean I found them helpful and insightful.

Replacing the Shadows

Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. (Hebrews 8:1–2)

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Do You Pray Like the Devil?

One way to clarify the meaning of a Christian act is to take note how much of the act the devil can do.

So, for example, when clarifying what it means to have saving faith, James says, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons be…

Ehrman, Goodacre, and the $1,000 challenge over Q

An mysterious commenter on Bart Ehrman’s blog has offered him a $1,000 challenge regarding Q. Mark Goodacre has taken up the challenge. And this all came about because of Alan Garrow. Here’s the short version: Alan Garrow has put together a series of short videos that Evan declares prove beyond doubt that Q never existed. […]

Transition Propositions

In 2013 I moved to Western Pennsylvania after more than two decades as a pastor to teach at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The longer I am at it, the more I love my role as a professor of pastoral theology. I enjoy greatly the practical nature of my work.

I am honored to witness firsthand men and women growing in their application of the faith. Young men develop in their ability to proclaim the gospel. Men and women testify excitedly about learning to do visitation or discipling a young convert. Men seek counsel as they wrestle with calls to churches. Former students call and discuss their kingdom service. It is a privilege to stand on the train platform, so to speak, and watch the Lord conduct his people through life and ministry transitions.

When I came to RPTS, that’s all I planned to do. Be a teaching professor who helped others go through transitions. I thought my life course was basically settled. Yet, as I recently wrote to some friends, the Lord had other unexpected plans for me:

I had no intention of assuming any greater responsibility than these. But in the providence of God, I have been asked by our seminary’s […]

I Shall Not Die But Live and Tell

The doctors warned my wife that I might never recover. Food and fluid were pumped into me intravenously, my death was awaited with baited breath, and my life was prayed for by many of God’s people. One day, early in this ordeal, I tried to pray, but could not think of any words to pray! I knew who I was, where I was, and that I was in bad shape. My memory was like an empty room. I saw a floor, a ceiling, and walls, but they were completely featureless. I could not, try as I did, think of even a single verse of Scripture. Not one!

Final Day: Save Up to 50% on Reformation Study Bibles

In 2015, we released the thoroughly revised and carefully crafted Reformation Study Bible. To offer a more portable study Bible, we recently released the new Condensed Editon (ESV), offering the best of that commentary at half the weight of the origin…