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7 WAYS TO BECOME A WELCOMING CHURCH

by Ryan Kron

Pastor Nick Batzig writes: “In his important book, Outgrowing the Ingrown Church, Jack Miller recounted an experience he had at a church in which he had been invited to speak. As he and his wife walked around and met people in the church, they continually heard the members saying things like, “We’re one of the friendliest churches in the […]

When the Honeymoon is over: Four Ways to Love a Disappointing Church

by Ryan Kron

Pastor Matt Damico writes: “My wife and I often have the privilege of guiding couples through premarital counseling. Meeting with these couples forces me to ask myself a helpful question: “How much of a hypocrite am I?” The question comes up because I spend time in these sessions expounding on the glory of marriage: the […]

The 4th Commandment

by Ryan Kron

Sinclair Ferguson writes: “In almost any discussion of the role of the law in sanctification there is one commandment that causes considerable debate—the commandment on the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11). It is certainly the commandment that seems to give evangelical Christians the greatest difficulty. Many, while holding that the other nine commandments remain in place, believe that the fourth commandment has ceased […]

The Selfish Reasons We Skip Church

by Ryan Kron

Pastor Scott Slayton writes: In the last several years, observers of American church life have noted that the definition of a regular church attendee is changing. With increasing affluence, mobility, commitments and entertainment options, many Christians gather with their church family less often than they did 10 years ago. Previously, a regular church attendee was a person […]

What is encouragement?

by Ryan Kron

Jared Olivetti writes: “Everyone wants to be encouraging. No one wants to be discouraging. Which isn’t to say that all of us are very good at it. The place to start (or restart) seems to be discerning how the Bible speaks of encouragement. In my studies of Scripture, I see four main, overlapping ideas about […]

What is the role of the law of God in light of the Gospel?

by Ryan Kron

by Sinclair Ferguson “Since the time of the Reformation in the sixteenth century, the question has been asked endlessly: “What is the role of the law of God in light of the Gospel?” The apostle Paul found himself asking it (for example, Gal. 3:19: “What purpose then does the law serve?” NKJV). He had a profound sense of […]

What do you need?

by Ryan Kron

“Do I need salvation? I find it in his name Jesus, which means “Savior.” Do I need the gifts of the Holy Spirit? I find them in his title “Christ,” which means “Anointed One.” Do I need purity? I find it in his holy conception. Do I need redemption? I find it in his suffering. […]

7 Reasons You Should Pray the Psalms

by Ryan Kron

Christopher Ash writes: “I think every Christian should learn the habit of praying through the Psalms. What can I do to persuade you to do this, if you don’t already do so? I have developed the arguments at greater length in Teaching Psalms, volume one. But here are seven good reasons. 1. Praying the Psalms teaches […]

The Power of the Gospel

by Ryan Kron

Pastor Shane Lems tells us: “On November 20, 1842 Charles Hodge gave a chapel message to the students at Princeton Seminary.  It was on Romans 1:15, where Paul says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… (NASB).  In this chapel message Hodge did […]

What Wifely Submission Does Not Mean

by Ryan Kron

Reformed Pastor Barry York (RPCNA) writes: “Though the Scriptures are perspicuous, or clear, the human heart is not. For it is “more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9). Consequently, even the most direct and simple parts of the Bible, under the interpretation of men being guided by […]