Church Culture vs. Popular Culture

Reading Ken Myers’ book All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes has convinced me more than ever that the church must deliberately create and sustain a Christian counter-culture in order to fulfill our Lord’s command to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Popular culture, the culture in which we as modern Americans live and move and have our being, creates precisely…

Why Have a Sunday Evening Service?

On September 26th, Mt. Rose will resume the practice of having a worship service on Sunday evenings. Since some of you may be new to a church with a Sunday evening service, and since you may wonder if this is a good idea, and since in general the practice of worshiping twice on the Lord’s Day is getting rarer and rarer, I…

Three Weeks in Uganda

Recently I had the privilege to travel to Uganda as a representative of the OPC’s Committee on Foreign Missions. I went with our committee’s Associate General Secretary. Our purpose was to visit our missionaries there in order to encourage them in their labors and provide counsel. Since I had never been to Africa before, this was a special trip for me. In…

Devotional – A Spectacular Deliverance

The Bible is full of accounts of God’s mighty acts of deliverance. We read of one of the most spectacular in Isaiah 37:36, recorded in the most matter-of-fact style: “And the angel of the LORD went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians.” Thus in one swift stroke God decimated the Assyrian army which…

Devotional – Words of Life for the Dying

Yesterday at our prayer meeting, after prayer (and some pie and coffee!) we took a brief look at John 17:1-5. This is the beginning of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus, with which he concluded his final Passover meal with his disciples before his arrest that night. When I preached from this passage some years ago, I came across a story about…

Devotional – The Waiting God

Throughout the Scriptures the Lord calls us to wait for him. “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14). “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (Jude 21). As Christians, God has given us many precious promises in…