Intro to My New Blog

Greetings! Welcome to my new blog, the Gordian Knot. By definition the title means "an exceedingly complicated problem." It rhymes a bit with my last name, so it satisfies the creative bug within me. But in all seriousness, I am speaking to a very sad problem that has infiltrated the American church. In Michael Horton's new book Christless Christianity he opens with a scenario the late Rev. Donald Grey Barnhouse posed to his radio audience years ago. Horton writes, "Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took over Philadelphia, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, "Yes, sir" and "No, Ma'am," and the churches would be full every Sunday...where Christ is not preached."

I am a pastor in the United Reformed Churches of North America, and have been preaching at the Lynden United Reformed Church http://www.lyndenurc.com/ for over four years. Lynden is a beautiful city in the Pacific Northwest. But it is also a unique city. Lynden, WA is in the Guinness World Book of Records for the most churches in any city. There really is no other place like this on earth--wonderful is so many respects. Within city limits there are over 13 Reformed churches! If there is any place, however, that the above scenario could be true, the most churched city in the US would be a good candidate. I take the above scenario to be a warning first and foremost to me as a minister and steward of the gospel.

It is out of this great burden to preach Christ faithfully that I have decided to enter the blog world. Blogging is a fascinating phenomenon to me. Some blogs are downright destructive. Others have been of real help in promoting the truth. Still others have made me wonder if this whole practice is an attack on good scholarship. Nevertheless, it is how people are communicating. My goal is to write about my convictions, burdens, and responsibilities as a minister of the Word and Sacrament. Hopefully it will encourage some, shake-up others, and ultimately convict all that we need a recovery of the preaching of the cross.


  1. It's never too late to enter the blogosphere - welcome and I'm looking forward to the dialogue