Resources on Theology

Ascension Day

By Charlie Wingard · May 10, 2018 · 0 Comments
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Today many Western Christians celebrate Ascension Day, an annual reminder that forty days after his resurrection Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1-11). As a Presbyterian minister, I am not bound by any church calendar. Still, the day prompts me to reflect on Christ’s ascension. When in the pulpit the following Lord’s Day, I preach on the ascension of Christ and on Pentecost the next week. Like the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, Christ’s ascension and Pentecost are unrepeatable events in the stunning history of God’s mighty work to redeem sinners. The Heidelberg Catechism asks: “How does Christ’s ascension into heaven benefit us?”  First, he pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of his Father. Second, we have our own flesh…

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Ascension Day

By Charlie Wingard · May 10, 2018 · 0 Comments
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Today many Western Christians celebrate Ascension Day, an annual reminder that forty days after his resurrection Christ ascended into heaven (Acts 1:1-11). As a Presbyterian minister, I am not bound by any church calendar. Still, the day prompts me to reflect on Christ’s ascension. When in the pulpit the following Lord’s Day, I preach on the ascension of Christ and on Pentecost the next week. Like the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection, Christ’s ascension and Pentecost are unrepeatable events in the stunning history of God’s mighty work to redeem sinners. The Heidelberg Catechism asks: “How does Christ’s ascension into heaven benefit us?”  First, he pleads our cause in heaven in the presence of his Father. Second, we have our own flesh…

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Tips for RTS Students: Five Important Strategies for New Seminarians

By Charlie Wingard · August 8, 2017 · 2 Comments
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1. Find a church home quickly. Sanctification of the Lord’s day, sitting under God’s word preached, receiving the Lord’s supper, and caring for and being cared for by God’s people is indispensable to your spiritual well-being and (if married) your family’s. Don’t prolong your search. Your adjustment may be tough. Don’t be discouraged. It’s part of your preparation for ministry. All pastors work with people who struggle to fit into new church homes. A few years from now, you will too. Therefore, right now, you and your family’s struggles to fit in are equipping you for ministry. They are one of many ways God is at work to make you a sympathetic shepherd of your flock. 2. Don’t pit your…

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Wherever The Spirit of Christ Is

By Charlie Wingard · August 8, 2017 · 0 Comments
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Wherever the Spirit of Christ is, He . . . Reveals Christ to the understanding, Enthrones Christ in the affections, Gives Christ the control of the will, Endears Christ to the heart, Glorifies Christ in the soul, and Conforms the person to the lovely likeness of Christ. – James Smith (1802-1862) In Mark Jones, Knowing Christ (Banner of Truth, 2015), 61.

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The Duties and Services Christ Requires

By Charlie Wingard · September 10, 2015 · 0 Comments
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“It is a sad and dangerous thing to have two eyes to behold our dignity and privileges, and not one to see our duties and services. I should look  with one eye upon the choice and excellent things that Chris hath done for me, to raise up my heart to love Christ with the purest love, and to joy in Christ with the strongest joy, and to lift up Christ above all, who hath made himself to be my all; and I should look with the other eye upon those services and duties that the Scriptures require of those for whom Christ hath done such blessed things, as upon that of the apostle: ‘What, know ye not that your body…

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