What I Learned in My First Pastorate

A few years ago Towers invited me to reflect on what I learned in my first pastorate at Baptist Church of the Redeemer. I now post what I wrote then in this space. —- A small group of nobodies in a big room seemed really unimpressive, but I confess vanity and pride. To be honest, […]

Can A Presbyterian Join a Baptist Church?

How does one’s stance on baptism affect membership decisions? If a person is a convinced paedobaptist (i.e., one who holds to infant baptism) and declines to be baptized (i.e., immersed) as a believer, should that prohibit him or her from being a member of the church? My attempt to answer these questions is on The […]

How Often Should a Church Take the Lord’s Supper?

How often should a church take the Lord’s supper? Let’s cut straight to the chase: I think the New Testament indicates that the early church took the Lord’s supper every Lord’s day, that is, every Sunday. My key piece of evidence for this is in Acts 20:7, “On the first day of the week, when […]

The Lord’s Supper in Paul

Thomas R. Schreiner and Matthew R. Crawford have done us a great service in editing The Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ until He Comes, which has just appeared from Broadman and Holman. I’m honored to have contributed to this project, and I’m grateful that Broadman and Holman has kindly granted me permission to post […]

Praise God for True Religion at Kenwood (James 1:27)

I remember hearing John Hannah say at DTS: There are two things that you need to learn at seminary. First, the Bible is God’s word. Second, the Bible is the tool God uses to conform his people to the image of the Lord Jesus. To see God’s word at work in the hearts and lives […]

1 Peter 5:1-11, Shepherd, Submit, Stand

It was my privilege to preach at the installation of Ryan Bishop as the Pastor of Graham Bible Church in Graham, TX this past Sunday. The apostle Peter, the rock, follows Christ by humbling himself to serve others, identifying himself as a fellow-elder as he exhorts elders to model Christ-like self-sacrificing shepherding (1 Pet 5:1-4). […]

The Office at Redeemer

This is pure joy. Even if you don’t know these people, you’ll appreciate this humor. Travis Cardwell writes: Here it is. . . the video that introduced our Family Camp this year—an exclusive look at the elders ironing out the final details of our retreat. Big thanks to Jason Allison for his wonderful work on […]

See You in Bowling Green?

I’d love to see you in Bowling Green if you’re in the area. You can register here. Schedule August 13, 2010 5:30pm – 6:30pm Check-In 7:00pm – 10:00pm Session 1 – A Theological Vision—Churches that Display God’s Glory Session 2 – Preaching & Biblical Theology Q&A August 14, 2010 8:00am – 9:00am Continental breakfast (provided) […]

Sermons on Titus

The past four weeks at Kenwood we were in Paul’s letter to Titus. Here are the sermons: April 18, 2010, Titus 1:1-4 Truth Produces Godliness April 25, 2010, Titus 1:5-16 Elders in Response to False Teachers May 2, 2010, Titus 2:1-15 Behavior that Commends the Gospel May 9, Titus 3:1-15 Behavior Based on the Gospel […]

Interview with Thabiti on Being a Healthy Church Member (particularly as a seminarian)

Thabiti Anyabwile was kind enough to interact with me on topics related to his new book, What Is A Healthy Church Member? Our exchange is below. Enjoy! [JMH = me; TMA = Thabiti M. Anyabwile] ——— JMH: Dear Thabiti, Thanks for your service to us, brother. If I may, I’d like to ask you for […]

Denton Bible Holding the Line

I am glad to see that Denton Bible Church is standing strong on the complementarian point of view by hosting an important series of messages on Women in Ministry. If you’re in the Dallas area, I would encourage you to attend the events described below in the letter from Tom Nelson of Denton Bible. May […]