July 20, 2018

“Come to Me”: God’s Invitation

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. John 7:37 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has […]

A Moment of Refreshment and Exaltation: Jesus is Our Mediator

I Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus… It is the simplest of verses, but its truth creates worship, rejoicing and exaltation in me every time I think about it. There is one, one and only one, that stands between God and […]

“Thank You, and I Am Not A Christian.”

Several weeks ago, I removed all specific references to where I work from this web site. Without violating that, I want to tell you a story from yesterday, when our high school had its 104th graduation ceremony. For the past 30+ years, our school has taken many internationals and children of internationals as students. A […]

John 3:16 and the Importance of the Old Testament

My adult Bible study is starting an Old Testament survey for the summer months in preparation for studying I Kings this fall. I did this little exercise with them this morning. I guess it’s kind of original with me. I’ve never seen anyone else do it. Consider it all yours for the glory of God. […]

A Response to Roger (Questions on my review of “The Truth War”)

“Roger” is a co-worker who asked several questions about my review of Dr. John MacArthur’s “The Truth War.” I’d like commenters to suggest good books on postmodernism and the emerging church. Thanks. Roger asked me for complete definitions of postmodernism and the emerging church. That’s a lot of reading, listening and work, Roger. There are […]

Jesus and My Stuff

My men’s Bible study has been reading and discussing John Piper’s book Don’t Waste Your Life. If you aren’t familiar with DWYL, it is a small book that Piper wrote to persuade college-age young people to live missional, Kingdom-building, God-glorifying and passionate lives. If you want to give the “Piper” experience in short form, this […]

Evangelical Anxieties 1: Is Christianity a Religion of Fear?

This is the first in a new series of posts exploring the increasing role fear is playing in evangelicalism. I anticipate ten or more posts in the series, and I hope they will be helpful to my readers. I could write more on these topics, but this is a blog, not a book. I look […]

A Crowd of Witnesses

One of these days I am going to write a tribute post to the wonderful reformed historian and biographer, Iain Murray. Murray has created a legacy of something we desperately need in Christianity: the lives of the “saints” that surround us on the journey. That’s a valuable and powerful gift to the church. Consider how […]

Remembering The Stutterer

When I was a child and a teenager, I stuttered. For several years, quite badly. Those who know me will notice that I can still get into some stuttering patterns when I’m nervous or stressed, but for the most part, my stuttering left me around age 15 when I started preaching regularly. There are different […]

Christmas Eve 2006: A World Just Beyond Our Grasp

It is traditional for me to post something about Christmas. The following is adapted from a sermon preached at a local Baptist Church, December 24, 11:00 a.m. 2006. A Christ-filled, joyous Christmas to all my Internet Monk readers.. A World Just Beyond Our Grasp. (Luke 1:46-55; Hebrews 10:4-10) At the Spencer household, Christmas traditions are […]