Engaging The Culture: Beating  The Secularists At Their Own Game?

Engaging The Culture: Beating The Secularists At Their Own Game?

In a recent essay, Rebecca McLaughlin calls for Christians to stop retreating and to “go on the offensive.” She makes some valuable observations. She is right to note that, though Christianity seems to be in trouble in the West, globally it is flourishing....
Killing Worship: The Liturgy (Part 2)

Killing Worship: The Liturgy (Part 2)

Recently, a man visited the Escondido URC and told me that he loves the structure that we have in our worship service. This man is a math professor at a local college and expressed to me what was apparently a huge contradiction for him. At the local church where he...
Canons of Dort (24): Synod’s Pastoral Concern For Assurance

Canons of Dort (24): Synod’s Pastoral Concern For Assurance

As Bob Godfrey has well illustrated in his new book on the Canons of Dort, Saving the Reformation, the theology of the Synod of Dort was eminently pastoral. Synod was precise in its response to the Remonstrants but it was not technical. The Canons of Synod were not...
Should Christians Practice Lent?

Should Christians Practice Lent?

Pastor’s Letter: What Ought Reformed Christians to Make of Lent? What follows is a guest post by the Rev Mr Bill Godfrey, pastor of Grace United Reformed Church, Torrance, CA. § Beloved congregation of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have noticed that every year more and...
Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (1)

Divine Sovereignty, Evil, Mystery, and “Calvinism” (1)

Recently, a well-meaning “New Calvinist” (more on this nomenclature in part 2) posted some very blunt language on Twitter about the relationship between divine sovereignty and various ways in which people suffer in this world. He wrote that if you experienced X trauma...