May 12

Ask Pastor: What is the Christian’s Response to Sin in their Life? (EDITED)

What do we do in those times when we feel God’s accusing finger – the finger of His law. We can be certain that there are no fingers pointing back at Him. We cannot deflect our guilt or our shame and blame others. What happens when we are burdened and heavy laden and we feel the reality of our sin deeply and inwardly. What do we do? How do we deal with it? Who shall save us from this body of death?

To answer these questions, God does not calls us to look inward at whether or not we believe our sins are forgiven. Rather, God points us outward to see the work He has done and He continues to do. Continue reading

May 11

Singing in the Assembly as a “Governed Practice”

This is Part 2 of a series on the goings on in the public assembly of the Church. In Part 1 a threefold distinction of pious practices was discussed. The first was “Free Practices” or true adiaphora, the second was “Commanded Practices” , and the third category is “governed practices” which are those things that God, in His Word, commands but does not prescribe the manner in which it is to be done. In part 2 of the series, the argument will be made and defended that corporate singing, when it is used in the assembly, falls into this third category. Continue reading