Some years back, I offered the following advice to a young Christian man interested in finding a mate. If you presently find yourself in his shoes, may the Lord soon give you rest; and may these counsels prove helpful to you. 1. It is better to marry than to burn. Let’s cut to the chase. If […]
“Whose hands are clean, whose heart is pure.” (Psalm 24.4) The metaphor of clean hands As the days shorten and get darker we Britons brace ourselves to get through another year end. This year it will be with all the added difficulties of our first full Brexit and Covid Winter and we need to be […]
This post originally published by Rev. Michael Ives at West Port Experiment on October 29, 2012. Only a few days away from Halloween, I’ve been thinking more about why we don’t celebrate it, as well as reviewing online why other Christians do. I realize that there are many good believers who don’t see a problem […]
Pastor Mohon of Stockton Presbyterian Reformed Church wrote two booklets of meditations to help us cope with the lock-downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As preachers, they were all remarkable. There are some who preach before their people, like actors on the stage, to display themselves and to please their audience. Not such were the self-denied preachers of Ross-shire. There are others who preach over their people. Studying for the highest, instead of doing so for the lowest, in intelligence, they elaborate learned treatises, which […]
Head Coverings in Worship? Preached on the Lord’s Day of March 18, 2018 by Pastor Michael Ives, of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Rhode Island Transcribed from the recording by Paul Barth and originally published at Purely Presbyterian. Part of the practice that our Presbytery has adopted is that in the public worship of God, women have […]
by B. B. Warfield The Shorter Catechism is, perhaps, not very easy to learn. And very certainly it will not teach itself. Its framers were less careful to make it easy than to make it good. As one of them, Lazarus Seaman, explained, they sought to set down in it not the knowledge the child […]
Some time back I was listening to a prominent Reformed speaker. He contended that while our confessions and catechisms were right and useful, yet we tend to freeze-dry them and rigidly force them into cultural contexts where they are not always immediately relevant. He suggested that we need to be sensitive to the questions that […]
The Presbyterian Reformed Church Stockton-on-Tees, England is looking for a spiritually minded successor to the present Minister upon his retirement.
Let’s face it. Those of us who practice family worship usually don’t feel like it, often fall into formalism, and end off hopping down way too many bunny trails. How many times, too, is the whole business interrupted because the little one has a runny nose (or worse, smelly drawers)? The boy isn’t sitting up? Or older sis is annoying the […]