The Gospel and the Christian Life

Faithfulness in a COVID-19 School Year

I think we can all agree that this year has been strange. Covid-19 rushed in with a vengeance and changed life as we knew it. For most of us, nothing is going according to plan, everything feels chaotic and uncertain, and we are having to settle into a new normal that...

Obedience In Suffering

Hebrews 5:8-10, “8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.” Reformed...

Suffering and Obedience

Hebrews 5:7–8, “In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he...

Draw Near With Confidence

Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive...

Striving Toward God’s Rest

Striving Toward God’s Rest

Hebrews 4:11, “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.” For the past week and a half, we have studied the Sabbath rest that Hebrews 4 promises to the people of God. This rest, as we have seen, is the same...

Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture

Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture

In an ever-increasingly hostile environment, contentiousness seems to be a default posture. It really doesn’t matter what we’re talking about; we come ready to argue. And we come intending to win. One of the most piercing aspects of those gripped by the gospel of...

Rest for God’s People

Rest for God’s People

Hebrews 4:9–10, “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.” In Hebrews 4, the author tells us about the Sabbath rest that is yet to come for the people of God....

Christian, Be Like Beloved Gaius

Christian, Be Like Beloved Gaius

I have now been a pastor for almost 20 years. In a year in which a mounting list of issues threaten the peace of society in the West, and the peace of individual churches as well, I have grown to appreciate mature, peace-making Christians. Such men and women, whether...

Another Day Later On

Another Day Later On

Hebrews 4:8, “For if Joshua had given them rest, God[a] would not have spoken of another day later on.” Again and again, chapter 4 of Hebrews tells us that there is still a rest to come for the people of God. This rest to come is none other than the fullness of God’s...