Happy New Year 2017

by Pastor Hartley

This from seminary professor, Dr. Donald Whitney: Consider the Direction of Your Life  – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5) Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them […]

Antinomians All

by Pastor Hartley

One thing we can all admit is that we are more antinomian than we should be. A very wooden definition of antinomian is to be against (anti) God’s law (nomian). Every child of God has more than just a little bit of an adversarial spirit toward the law of God. A few virulent strains of […]

How Fit is Your Faith?

by Pastor Hartley

When the strong and holy winds of the Protestant Reformation swept into England in the 1520’s, one of the Englishmen who was converted by the gospel of Jesus Christ was a priest named Hugh Latimer. Latimer was soon meeting with men like Thomas Bilney, William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale and Thomas Cranmer. The gang met regularly […]

Diagnosing with the Lord’s Day

by Pastor Hartley

Three years ago pastor Kevin DeYoung of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan posted an article titled, “The Scandal of the Semi-Churched” (available here). Pastor DeYoung is concerned about those who made a public profession of faith in Christ, united themselves to a local church in membership, but have become more absent than present […]

Bread and Wine

by Pastor Hartley

In 1550, Thomas Cranmer, then Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote a book on the subject of the Lord’s Supper. For Cranmer the topic was one for which he had labored until he had significant expertise. The book, A Defence of the True and Catholick Doctrine of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ, […]

Living Our Eternal Citizenship Now

by Pastor Hartley

In his comments on John 4 our faithful brother, John Calvin, makes a penetrating observation on the nature of religious pride. His comments are of a particular help in answering the question, How now shall the church live when boundaries of public life, once more pluralistically welcoming toward God’s moral law, are now rapidly contracting against […]

Nourishing At The Table

by Pastor Hartley

As we meet the Lord at his table this Sunday it will help us to think on the relation of Old Testament sacrifices to “the body and the blood” we find on the table. The late Louis Berkhof, in his wonderful 1938 work, Systematic Theology, spells out the connection for us: Just as there were […]

A God of Our Own Invention?

by Pastor Hartley

The 17th century minister and Scotsman, Alexander Nisbet, said, “the most dangerous heretics have many followers; every error they introduce turns out to be a friend to some lust in the heart of man.” Case in point: Several years ago a friend of mine discovered his pastor had committed adultery with a woman in their […]

The Trinity: The Triune God for Exiles

by Pastor Hartley

How do you explain to yourself why you are a Christian? Why do you think your life is a Christian life and not some other kind of life? Do you tell yourself you have a Christian life mostly for social reasons? It’s good for the children. Your parents raised you in a Christian church. Your […]

Prepared To Be Faithful

by Pastor Hartley

Earlier this week Professor Carl Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary posted another essay to verify the Christian church is quickly losing its privileged status in American culture. The essay relates two stories. The first is the story of Chad Vegas. Mr. Vegas is a widely respected school board member in the Bakersfield, CA public school […]