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The Five Solas of the Reformation: A Reformation Day Meditation

by Ryan Kron

By Dr. James M. Boice (1938-2000) “Dr. Boice was a PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) pastor and scholar who pastored Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.  He was especially noted for his systematic theology book Foundations of the Christian Faith and many commentaries.  He reminds us all of the essential truths handed down to us by […]

What Sexual Theft Says About You: A LETTER TO A WOULD-BE ADULTERER

by Ryan Kron

D.A. Carson writes: “Dear Husband, After reading the contributions and pleas of the earlier contributors to this series, there is little that I might add that does not fall under “vain repetition.” If your conscience is not strengthened to repel sexual temptations after you have read what they have written, how will anything that I add […]

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 […]