November 18, 2017

Best of P&D: Mike Harding writes on Alcohol

In our day, professing Christians, even so-called conservative Christians, are eager to justify the use of beverage alcohol. This, in spite of untold misery and suffering brought into homes and lives, in spite of rising violence and abuse fueled by alcohol, in spite of countless young people snared by their elders bad examples, this remains […]

More on Holiness

George Stiekes For an earlier meditation on Holiness, click here. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: […]

The Reformation Is Not Finished

Wally Morris I recently attended a “Faith and Spirituality in Politics” luncheon hosted by our state senator. We met at a Catholic retreat center located in our town. The retreat center is very beautiful and peaceful. The luncheon was interesting and helpful, as far as understanding more about how people who say they are Christians […]

Never Be Shamed from Prayer

Matt Recker A term called “prayer shaming” arose after the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino in 2015. Its users intend it as a rebuke to those who offer prayers after a massacre but will not take any political steps, such as new gun laws, to stop future attacks. One paper blared the headline: “God Isn’t […]

Blogs of note for November 10, 2017

For today’s post we’d like to highlight a few blogs we noticed recently that are worth your time to read. Here are the headlines: Where Do Catholics Go When They Die? Review: Martin Luther – A Spiritual Biography Christian Taste in Entertainment Stop Looking for the Perfect Friend See below for excerpts and links:

What Are You Thinking?

Ken Endean FrontLine • May/June 2008 Almost 350 years ago, with the restoration of the English monarchy, King Charles II sought to control the churches. The Act of Uniformity was passed in 1662, requiring all churches to use the Book of Common Prayer and follow the direction of the Church of England. It also sought […]

Paul’s Amazing Statement on Christian Suffering

Matt Recker Colossians 1:24: Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the church. Paul’s statement on suffering is amazing on a number of levels. First, it is amazing that Paul rejoices in suffering. […]


George Stiekes Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you. John 15:16 There have so many disputes, arguments, and even church splits over the issue of predestination. It is sad when brothers and sisters in Christ divide over the issue of free will or election because both are taught in the Bible.

Why a Universal Call to Salvation is Essential

Kevin Schaal It is hard to believe, but there were some mid-19th Century London Baptists who accused Charles Haddon Spurgeon of having a “a second-hand ministry, deeply tainted with an Arminian spirit.”[1] Yes. Spurgeon was called a closet-Arminian by some of his peers. Earthen Vessel, 1855, p. 241, quoted by Iain Murray in Spurgeon v. […]

The Routine of the Tabernacle Worship

Taigen Joos Most Christians are familiar with the first half of the book of Exodus. The calling of Moses, the ten plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea, the giving of the Law, etc. The latter part of the book may be less appealing because it is largely about the instructions for making the components […]