From the Pastor's Study

From the Pastor's Study

The Nashville Statement and Why Our Congregation Adopted It

Most of the great creedal and confessional formulations of the church have been composed in response to widespread error or heresy within the body of Christ and while there are many different errors and heresies that are currently dividing the church, some of the most destructive are the ones that…

“The Church Doesn’t Work”…

I often hear from people some variation of a general theme: namely “the church doesn’t work” or “government doesn’t work” or “marriage doesn’t work.” I’m sorry but I don’t agree. These institutions were created by God, and as His gifts, they are all good. The problem then is not the church, government, or…

On the Difference Between Personality and Character

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. David Wells, the author of several excellent books like “God in the Wasteland” and “No Place for Truth”, at the Twin Lakes Church Planting Conference. Dr. Wells was speaking on the subject of reaching the unbelieving with…

Before You Get Divorced

Over the past 15 years as a pastor, I have counseled a lot of people who have told me they wanted to divorce their spouse for reasons other than adultery or desertion. The most common reason given is that they have fallen out of love with them and now have irreconcilable differences. Often they will say that they want a divorce for the sake of the children, as they…

7 Reasons Christians Should STAY On Facebook

I read a lot of messages encouraging people to leave Facebook these days and in partial answer to those calls, I want to outline 7 reasons I believe Christians should stay on Facebook. https://biblebased.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/7-reasons-christians-should-stay-on-facebook/          

Our Commitment to Biblical Marriage

Providence is part of the PCA, a denomination committed to maintaining Jesus Christ’s definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman, for life (see Matthew 19:4-6). For more information, please see the following statement from the office of the PCA’s stated clerk: http://byfaithonline.com/pca-affirms-biblical-marriage/ PCA Affirms Biblical Marriage…

Book Recommendation

There are several biographies that I regularly go back to for encouragement, enlightenment, correction, hope and simply to restore my focus on the main things; Dallimore’s biography of Whitefield is one of them. If you haven’t yet read it, may I recommend it to you? It’s a thrilling read and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. If you already…

Movie Recommendation

Most movies based on books of the bible take ridiculous liberties with the actual text, I want to recommend one that doesn’t – The Book of Daniel, now available to stream on Netflix. While the story of Daniel is told in the imagined setting of a story telling session with Cyrus, Croesus (who became an adviser to Cyrus after his defeat) and Daniel, it exactly…

The Picture of a Godly Man

Believe it or not, church-going Christian Men have become a rare commodity. In fact, most American men, whether or not they identify as Christian, do not attend church on a weekly basis. In his book, Why Men Hate Going to Church, David Murrow cites the following sobering statistics: Just 35% of the men in the USA attend church weekly Women comprise over 60% of the typical…