Male Headship is Ideal

“The first thing that jumps out of statements like these (see Eph. 5:22-24, Col. 3:18-19, 1 Peter 3:1, 4-7) is this: male headship in marriage is not only a virtue in the New Testament, it is the ideal. Consequently, male headship cannot be intrinsically evil. In fact, the sanctified use this authority is the ideal…

Creating a Culture of Discipline pt. 2

First, a pastor must reform his own life. A.W. Tozer declared, “God makes a man holy by blood and fire and sharp discipline. Then he calls the man to some special work, and the man being holy makes that work holy in turn.” Holiness is the most basic prerequisite for ministry. The qualifications for the…

Creating a Culture of Discipline pt. 1

John Calvin wrote, “All who desire to remove discipline or to hinder its restoration are surely contributing to the ultimate dissolution of the church.” He isn’t alone when it comes to the importance of discipline. Pastors throughout history have agreed that discipline is a defining mark of a true church. Sadly, church discipline has fallen on…

We need prophets…

“Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many) he will stand in flat contradiction to everything…

The apologetic whisperings of Christians…

Evangelicals prides themselves in their ability to skillfully nuance the Gospel. We have become experts in contexualization.  We are so good at it that our hearers walk away still thinking we are swell guys. This brings to mind the words of Pastor A.W. Tozer: The church has lost her testimony. She has no longer anything…

re: The Myth of Influence

My pastor, Tim Bayly, wrote an excellent blog post entitled, “The Myth of Influence.” This particular passage is relevant to those of us who are fond of concepts like being missional or relational apologetics: Twelve years ago, I spoke with R. C. [Sproul] at a conference in Chicago. Lamenting the unwillingness of men to take a…