Part 2: Singleness in its ungodly forms
In Part 1 of my letter, I talked about Paul’s teaching on the value of singleness. In order to understand how to live in our day and time, though, more needs to be said on the issue.
I’m told that one in seven people lives alone in the United States. That’s about 31 million today compared with four million in 1950. As your pastor, I need to say a number of things about this.
Not all singleness is equal.
Continue reading Dear Single People, From Your Local Pastor (Part 2)
Part 1: Prolonged Singleness As a Non-Normative Blessing
In the most recent sermon from our Onward series, we considered the significance of the family within the kingdom of God, looking specifically at both marriage and singleness. Since churches are prone to giving attention to marriage and parenting to the neglect of singleness, even though single men and women make up a growing portion of our churches, I wanted to give some extra time to a Biblical reflection on singleness. Continue reading Dear single people, from your local pastor (Part 1)
In the first week of our Onward series (based on the book by Russell Moore) Pastor Nic demystified the idea of the “kingdom of God” and set the stage for the following six weeks in which we look to the Bible to help us engage the culture without losing the gospel.
You can find the rest of the series on our website here.
The founders of the United States asked the question, “Now that we have won our liberty, how can liberty continue, when no nation has ever been formed on the basis of liberty?” Our teachers in school taught us that they organized a government that had a declaration of rights and the separation of powers, both in federalism and in the division of the federal government. These were aimed at keeping any person or party from consolidating enough power to be tyrannical. They then formed a government just strong enough to prevent weakness from producing anarchy, which would cause people to call for tyranny in order to have peace and safety.
The Necessity of Virtue
Yet this was not the primary foundational conviction of the American fathers. All of our structures are built upon a more basic set of convictions about human nature. The fathers so assumed these ideas that they are rarely made explicit in their writings, but you can find evidence of them everywhere. Continue reading The Golden Triangle of Freedom
From time to time, I have a conversation with someone via email that gets at ideas that I think will be helpful for the broader High Point body. In this exchange, I was asked about the Bible’s teachings on matters of the Holy Spirit and his gifting of us, and how we should think about and prepare for spiritual opposition.
I hope this will serve as a helpful addition to your personal study of the Bible as you try to understand this critical aspect of life in Christ.
What does the Bible teach on speaking in tongues? And what does the Bible teach on deliverance? I have looked for answers myself, but I’m still not 100% sure what the answers are.
It turns out that is a little bit bigger question than you might think, though the answer really isn’t all that difficult on the face of it. Continue reading Questions: On Spiritual gifts and warfare
This morning, our lead pastor Nic Gibson spoke about the impact of wisdom on the power of the tongue. Here are the verses and the lists referenced in the service. Let’s pray for God to convict us when we use our words for harm – and to empower us to use our words for giving life.
What Proverbs says about wisdom and the tongue:
(18:7) A fool’s mouth is his undoing, and his lips are a snare to his soul.
(29:20) Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
(18:13) He who answers before listening – that is his folly and his shame. Continue reading Proverbs: Wisdom and the Tongue