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Speaking about Jesus to those we love

Posted by Stephen Witmer on January 31st, 2021

Have you reached a seeming stalemate with a non-Christian friend or family member whom you dearly love? Maybe you’ve shared the gospel with them (perhaps numerous times). They know what you believe but they don’t believe it, and you’re not sure where to go next. You feel stuck. I’ve written an article for Desiring God in order to help and encourage you. Check out the article here. I pray it will help you to persevere in the important work of evangelism. 

The motivation for missions – Jesus is glorious

Posted by Stephen Witmer on December 21st, 2020

Here’s the stirring testimony of one of PCF’s global partners — a man I deeply respect and admire. 17 years of ministry among Muslims. Seemingly little fruit. Why do he and his family stay and persevere? Watch this two-minute video and hear why.

Deeply personal reflections on the sovereignty of God

Posted by Stephen Witmer on December 4th, 2020

We talk quite often at PCF about the sovereignty of God – God’s total ability to do what he will, his wise and meticulous control over all things. ‘Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases’ (Psalm 115.3). ‘Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps’ (Psalm 135.6). ‘I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose”’ (Isaiah 46.9-10). Not only do we talk about God’s sovereignty, we celebrate it. It’s good news – the best possible news. We believe, in the words of the Heidelberg Catechism that all things come to us not by chance but by God’s fatherly hand. We can rest in that.

But it can also be hard - very hard - when God’s sovereign plan involves suffering for us. The son of author and speaker Tim Challies (www.challies.com) recently died, and Tim Challies, who affirms the sovereignty of God in all things, has written a deeply personal, deeply honest, deeply theological reflection on how he’s feeling toward God these days. Read it here. It’s a powerful insight into what it means to really believe in the sovereignty of God.

Going deeper with an important new book

Posted by Stephen Witmer on November 16th, 2020

I preached recently on what the Bible teaches about gender (you can listen to that sermon here), and in my sermon I engaged in some ‘cultural exegesis’ — seeking to understand the dynamics, values, and goals of our broader culture that lead to the radical rethinking of gender that’s underway. Drawing on Vaughan Roberts’ excellent little book Transgender, I suggested that our culture values freedom and authenticity, and that these deeply-held values help to explain our rethinking of gender. Every Christian should be seeking to understand the major shifts occurring in our culture, because it’s crucial for Christians seeking to navigate our times, and seeking to present a faithful witness for Christ, to understand who we’re speaking to.

In order to plunge deeper than I was able to in the sermon, I highly recommend a book that’s just been released, called The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, by Carl Truman, a professor at Grove City College.

This book is clearly and beautifully written, and hugely insightful, as Truman digs down into the historical developments that have led to a culture in which the following statement is considered coherent and meaningful: ‘I am a woman trapped in a man’s body.’ If you invest the time to read this book carefully, you’ll come away with a much deeper and richer understanding of what makes many people (including ourselves, because we’re children of our culture) tick.