“Me & My Bible” or “Word & Sacrament”?

In this day of hyper-individualism and pietism, it is commonplace to see private exercises of devotion, acts of kindness and service, and many other lawful practices exalted above and beyond the ministry given by God as the appointed means of grace by which He draws and develops His beloved people, Word & Sacrament. It is […]

The Fortification of Sin

I have found that my natural bent is to excuse my sins, not confess them. Rather than mortifying them, I spend my best efforts fortifying them. They appear to me as precious darlings, to be protected from the harsh looks of my Father. “He just doesn’t understand, you see. He doesn’t want you to have […]

Threshold Christianity

1 Peter 1:2-9 (My emphases added) Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath […]

Some Words of Encouragement

Christian Reader, consider these comforting lines from Psalm 89 (1650 Scottish Psalter): 31 If they my laws break, and do not keep my commandements; 32 I’ll visit then their faults with rods, their sins with chastisements. 33 Yet I’ll not take my love from him, nor false my promise make. 34 My cov’nant I’ll not […]

Ray Boltz’s Christian Profession

There’s a relatively new article from the New York Times pertaining to Ray Boltz’s “coming out” that caught my attention recently. Upon its reading, I was compelled to address it with the following. “Now, after more than five years of self-imposed absence from stage and CD, Mr. Boltz has reached a musical and religious destination. […]

Diligence in Our Duties

In my own life, dealing with the devices of Satan’s tempting, I’ve often fallen prey to the taunting of “Well, you’ve already fallen to this sin now, so what’s the point of stopping?” Of course, such a taunt is not to be even considered by the Christian, as if committing the sin again and again […]

A Poor Sinner

I am a poor sinner with a rich Savior. By a “poor” Savior was I made a rich saint. Now, in attributing poor to the Lord Jesus, I obviously mean not that He was inadequate in any way. Nor, can I mean that He was without resource. Rather, I mean according to the world’s “standards” […]

In Christ Beloved

I am, in Christ, beloved. Outside of Christ I would be but an object of God’s wrath (rightfully so). My only hope is in that Mediator of the New Covenant, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His righteousness. I’ll be clear, that’s what keeps me “going” most days. Over the last few, I have been alarmingly […]

Sin is a Reproach to Any People

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. – Prov. 14:34 One might think it is the end of the world (and by world I don’t mean earth, but America because it seems that most Americans think that America is all there is that is anything) by reading the various news […]

A General Prayer

Father, First and foremost I confess that Thou art holy, righteous, and all knowing, and that Thou canst not look upon sin, in all its filth. Thou art high, lofty, and wholly other. Thus, in acknowledgment of Thy great holiness, and Thy righteous disdain for sin, I can only come before Thee with great humility […]