Category: Theology

The Importance of Vocation and Marriage…

I get a lot of questions about how to help young men know what their calling may be in life.  Of course I send them to the Book of Proverbs and for younger men I also suggest working their was through Prepare Thy Work which can be purchased at this link.

There are also good sermons that I have suggested over the years.  One is by Pastor Doug Wilson which you can listen to here:

There is also a two part sermon by Pastor Dennis Tuuri that you can listen to with these links…

Part one:

Part two:

In addition to vocation there are always the questions about marriage!  Here I always suggest a series of lectures given by Pastor Steve Wilkins some years ago at the Reformation Covenant Church family camp on the Oregon coast.  It is very thorough and challenging for young people and I also encourage young couples to listen through them together.  And yes, even I have listened to them several times and always learn something new!  I have used these lecture extensively in my pre-marital counseling down through the years.

Sunday Message:  The Mystery of Marriage

First Lecture: Marriage is not for you!

Second Lecture: Marriage is Dying!

Third Lecture: Do You Know Who Your Children Are?

Fourth Lecture: Ten Ways to Destroy Your Children!

Fifth Lecture: Singles in the Church

Sixth Lecture: Preparing Children for Marriage

Seventh Lecture:  Getting Serious About Getting Married

I trust any or all of this will be helpful for those interested in these subject and please feel free to share all of this far and wide!

Why did Noah take more clean animals on the Ark?

As I work my way through Genesis I come this week to chapter seven where we see among other things that God is going to bring more clean animals to Noah than the unclean one.  One pair of unclean, but seven of the clean animals.  Here is a piece published last year by our CREC pastor in Japan, Ralph Smith that can bring some additional insights into how these animals relate to our redemptive history AND why it is good to eat bacon!  Click here for the article.

The Question of Evil

The existence of evil in our world has been debated for centuries and I will not pretend to offer any final thoughts on the subject.
But this short video from Pastor Wilson and two sermons from Genesis that I gave some years ago will provide a good Biblical foundation for approaching any discussion of this serious subject.

Understanding the sovereignty of God by Pastor Doug Wilson
A short video with several helpful analogies.

The Trees of the Garden : Does Man Have Free Will?
A sermon from Genesis with no audio but you can read this introduction with the provided text link to the .pdf file:

A Dragon in the Garden : Why Did Sin Enter God’s Good Creation?
A sermon from Genesis with audio & a text link