Should Christians Be Patriotic?
by Raef Chenery on July 4th, 2024
Once upon a time, not too long ago, you would be hard pressed to find a Christian who wondered what the answer to this question was. Love for one’s own nation was a Christian duty, rooted deeply in rich biblical Christian theology. Today however, many in the Western Church dismiss patriotism as a form of idolatry and sin. This error has caused many Christians to take an incredibly passive approach...  Read More
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Episode 86: David Brainerd - A Man Mightily Used of God
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
In this episode Pastor Raef looks at the life of David Brainerd, an early American missionary to the Native Americans. By studying his life together, not only will we get a wonderful picture of a life lived for the glory of God, but we’ll pull out three principles for living godly lives in our own day and age.https://banneroftruth.org/us/store/history-biography/five-pioneer-missionaries/...  Read More
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Living in the Worldview of Isaiah
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
This post is actually the final concluding section of a lengthier paper I recently wrote on the book of Isaiah. The title of that paper was How Creation & Eschatology Form an Integrated Worldview in Isaiah. A full pdf is available for download at the end of this post. For most of my readers however, what will be most interesting is the conclusion, the takeaways from my study in Isaiah. These takea...  Read More
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Listening to Experiential Sermons Well
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
Over the course of a Christian’s life, they will engage with hundreds, if not thousands, of sermons. For many, the expectation of a Sunday is that the preacher will include something novel in their explanation of the text. Their hope is to walk away thinking “I learned something new today, an insight I was unaware of previously.” This deficient view of absorbing a sermon is unfortunately shared by...  Read More
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Six D’s of Eldership
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
By the grace of God I have been able to serve as a Pastor/Elder of our Church for 10 years. I pray, the Lord may grant me many more decades of service in this role. In this role I have also been able to serve alongside a number of incredibly godly men, who have taken the role of eldership very seriously. I have seen in them, and very often learned from them, the weight of this responsibility. I wr...  Read More
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Are Christians Required to Honor the Sabbath?
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
A common question I receive from both members and visitors to our Church is whether or not Christians are supposed to keep a Sabbath one day a week. Recently, I preached on the theme of the Sabbath out of Luke 6:1-11, and I felt a responsibility to speak into this underlying question which causes much confusion in the modern Church.The question at hand—whether or not Christians are to practice a S...  Read More
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The Madman on Your Nightly News
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
We find ourselves as Christians living in a modern secular age. Just as Judah, in the Old Testament, was forced to live as exiles in Babylon, so are we as Christians in the West forced to live in a society vastly at odds with our core Christian doctrine and ethics. This reality, that we are once again exiled, ought not surprise Christians. No matter how optimistic one’s vision of the future is (an...  Read More
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Experiential Preaching with the Puritans
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
Reformed Experiential Preaching was a common method of preaching among the Puritans as well as later Reformed preachers beyond the Puritan era. The target of the experiential sermon is the entire of life of the hearer. Rather than focusing simply on doctrinal ideas that are to be known in the mind, experiential preaching aims to forge those doctrinal ideas into the heart and life of the believer. ...  Read More
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Should Christians Use the Enneagram?
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
The Enneagram is a popular tool used by many individuals, as well as corporations, to sort people into various personality profiles. There was a season where it was not uncommon to be in a conversation with somebody and have them explain their behavior by referencing their Enneagram number, or by asking you what your Enneagram number was. I actually saw a Church in my own city host an entire sermo...  Read More
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Alistair Begg and Attending LGBTQ Weddings
by Raef Chenery on June 26th, 2024
Recently in Christian headlines there has been a controversy concerning one of modern protestantism’s great teachers, Alistair Begg. Begg has been under fire for comments he made when answering a grandmother’s question about whether or not she should attend her grandchild’s wedding to a transgender person. Begg suggested that the grandmother could attend the wedding in order to “build bridges” so ...  Read More
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10 Remedies Against the Sin of a Wandering Mind in Prayer
by Raef Chenery on January 28th, 2024
To pray, and to know one is heard by God, is a wondrous event. To pray is to be ushered into the very presence of God where Christ Himself is seated, and delights in our petitions. To pray is to grasp at heaven, and draw its reality and its power down into our world. To pray is humbling, for we know the one to whom we bow is both tender and firm, delighting in both blessing and fatherly discipline...  Read More
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Crucify Him
by Raef Chenery on January 19th, 2024
When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” John 19:6 Perhaps there are no more haunting words ever spoken than the cry of the chief priests and the officers when they chanted, “Crucify him, crucify him.” One must read these words through the lens of the entire Gospel of John in order to feel their weight. The one to whom this chant of death was rec...  Read More
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