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Dec 2019 16 Dec 16, 2019

One often hears from the cessationist that a distinction should be made between certain, so-called “sign” gifts such as tongues, prophecy, miracles, and healing, which, they contend, are no longer given to the church, and all other gifts of the Spirit. However, much to the surprise of many, the phrase “sign gift” appears nowhere in Scripture. Cessationists often (always?) create a special category for certain miraculous gifts and speak of them as...Read More

Dec 2019 9 Dec 9, 2019

In his new book, Against the Darkness: The Doctrine of Angels, Satan, and Demons (Crossway, 2019), Graham Cole makes this important observation: “One of the questions that animates so many today is whether we are alone in the universe. The thought that humanity is the lonely product of blind evolutionary processes chills. . . . Indeed the human imagination is not content with such solitariness, and so we find all sorts of alien beings frequenting popular enterta...Read More

Dec 2019 2 Dec 2, 2019

One of the more astounding things that Jesus said is found in John 8:24. There he declares that “unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins.” The personal pronoun “he” is not in the original Greek text. Most times in John’s gospel this sort of statement is followed by a more explicit declaration of who Jesus is. For example, he will say things like, “I am the bread of life,” or “I am the good shepherd,” o...Read More

Nov 2019 25 Nov 25, 2019

The news has been filled of late with stories of so-called “de-conversions,” especially among some high-profile professing Christian leaders. I’m not here to analyze their lives or their purported reasons for turning away from Jesus. But it did get me thinking about why I am a Christian and am determined, by God’s sustaining gracious presence and power, to remain one forever. There are, of course, numerous reasons why I find Christianity compelli...Read More

Nov 2019 20 Nov 20, 2019

This will most likely be the last article I write in response to my friend Denny Burk. In case you are just now dropping in on the conversation, Denny has responded twice to my argument that “pastor” in the NT is a spiritual gift, not an office. My conclusion from the way that the terminology is used in the NT is that women may well receive this gift. So, yes, I still maintain that it is compatible with complementarianism for a woman to be called a “pas...Read More

Nov 2019 4 Nov 4, 2019

My friend Denny Burk recently wrote a blog article in response to mine on whether or not it is biblically permissible to call a woman a “pastor”. I appreciate his taking the time to give serious consideration to my argument, but I fear that he has misunderstood the primary point that I labored to make. Denny cites the development of the Baptist Faith & Message (hereafter BF&M) by pointing out that “all three terms (bishop/elder/pastor) are mere...Read More

Oct 2019 31 Oct 31, 2019

[This article of mine was posted at the Desiring God website, www.desiringgod.org, on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. I’m posting it here in case you did not see it. Blessings!] I’m a sucker for news articles with headlines such as “The 10 Most Enjoyable Places to Live” or “The Least Expensive Cities in the US” or “The Best Places in the US to Retire.” But it’s not because I want to know where my state or city ranks. My c...Read More

Oct 2019 30 Oct 30, 2019

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Oct 2019 28 Oct 28, 2019

The internet has been abuzz ever since the comments of John MacArthur concerning Beth Moore and whether or not women are permitted to preach. For the sake of clarity, let’s put aside the latter question and instead address the issue of whether or not it is biblically permissible for a woman to be called a “pastor”. Many would argue that there is no difference between the two. They insist that those who are “pastors” are the ones who regular...Read More

Oct 2019 23 Oct 23, 2019

A Review by John Lathrop in Pneuma ReviewOctober 17, 2019 Sam Storms has served the Lord in a number of different capacities. He is a pastor and has served as an associate professor of theology at a major Christian college. These experiences show that he has served the church in both the practical “grass roots” expression of Christianity in the local church and in the academic setting, where he has helped train people for Christian service. In addition, he h...Read More