April 18, 2020

One of the most difficult subjects for Christians to be honest about is the subject of authority. The reason for this struggle is because of our innate sin nature that desires no authority but our own. We do not want anyone or anything else telling us what we can and c...

March 2, 2020

The Lord's Day is the highlight of the week for pastors. They spend large amounts of time studying, preparing, refining, and praying over their sermons during the week, and then Sunday is "game day" for them, proclaiming to the congregation what the Word of God says. P...

December 25, 2019

A Christmas hymn that has become a family favorite of ours the past several years is "Christians, Awake!" written by John Byrom in 1749. It is a joyful hymn that speaks of Christ's birth, our need to adore him, as well as our hope in life and in our future because of h...

December 24, 2019

There are some of our hymns that take beautiful classical music melodies, or styles, and incorporate them into the hymn tune. One of those is the Christmas hymn, Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light, written in a Bach chorale style, harmonized by Bach.

It is a two st...

December 21, 2019

There are speculations as to the actual date of the birth of Christ. We celebrate it on December 25th, in the middle of our winter season. Christmas hymnody often uses the poetic expression of winter to set the scene of the birth of Christ. It is not so much the actual...

December 20, 2019

Christmas is almost upon us. When shopping for Christmas gifts, or ingredients for Christmas baking, Christians cannot help but be bombarded with the largely secularistic Christmas music that pervades our culture. Yet there is a wonderful tradition of Christmas hymnolo...

August 15, 2019

Pastors need to be shepherded, too. Our own hearts need to be fed, encouraged, and challenged as we strive to faithfully minister to others around us. One way I have been shepherded is through the ministry of various podcasts. These podcasts are not just for pastors, b...

July 11, 2019

In 1993 Doug McLachlan wrote a book entitled, Reclaiming Authentic Fundamentalism. In the first chapter of this book, he lists out ten "hindrances to a balanced [I'd say healthy] Fundamentalism." After reading these ten hindrances, I began wondering if Christian Fundam...