Dr. R. C. Sproul reads “The Calvinist”

R. C. Sproul reads ‘The Calvinist’
R.C. Sproul, author, pastor, founder of Ligonier Ministries, and dear brother in Christ, passed away on December 14, 2017. Four years ago, Desiring God asked Sproul to record John Piper’s “The Calvinist,” a poem that captures God’s sovereign intersection with the life of a sinful man.
We initially released a video-poem in December of 2013 that featured Sproul, Piper, and five others reading various stanzas of the poem. John Piper wrote of the collaboration, “I love these men. And you will hear why in the way they read.” In these four minutes, hear Sproul’s original recording of the entire poem – and hear the conviction of a man who loved his sovereign God, lived to make him known, and died in the truth of the poem’s last stanza:
See him nearing death.
Listen to his breath,
Through the ebbing pain:
Final whisper: “Gain!”


Transgender Male Conversion to Christ

Woman who lived as a transgender male for nearly a decade shares conversion to Christ
The Baptist Messenger has posted an interview with Laura Perry, a woman who spent nearly a decade living as a transgender male. She describes years of male hormones and a sex change surgery and how she came to faith in Christ. Click on the link below to to watch the video.

Heterosexual Job Discrimination

Basketball coaching hopeful was denied a job.
She says it’s because she’s no longer gay.
by Rick Maese for
The Washington Post
Camille LeNoir thought she’d landed a dream job last year, an entryway into the competitive world of coaching college basketball.
She was a former player herself, having starred at the University of Southern California. The WNBA’s Washington Mystics made her a second-round draft pick and she played the game professionally overseas. But since her playing days ended, LeNoir had focused on working with young players. She was excited when her former college coach offered her an assistant position on his staff at New Mexico State University.


Honor the Reformation’s African Roots

Honor the Reformation’s African Roots
by Dr. David D. Daniels
This year marks the 500th year anniversary of the launching of the Protestant Reformation in Germany. Commemorations will be held from Memphis to Mombasa to Mumbai to Munich.
Yet, most events and books on the Reformation explore it without any reference to African Christians.


The 95 Theses, A Reader’s Guide

The 95 Theses: A Reader’s Guide
by Kevin Armbrust
October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Yet it is not the anniversary of any great statement Luther made as a reformer or in front of any court. There was no fiery and resounding speech given or dramatic showdown with the pope. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted the “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” to the church door in a small city called Wittenberg, Germany. This rather mundane academic document contained 95 theses for debate. Luther was a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg, and he was permitted to call for public theological debate to discuss ideas and interpretations as he desired.


What You Miss When You Don’t Gather with Your Church

In the last several years, observers of American church life have noted that the definition of a regular church attendee is changing. With increasing affluence, mobility, commitments, and entertainment options, many Christians gather with their church family less often than they did ten years ago. Previously, a regular church attendee was a person who “only” gathered with their church one time a week. Now a regular attendee is a person who may attend twice a month.


Deliver Us from the Evil One

Dear Covenant Family,
The link below is to an article by Martin Luther on Prayer, “Deliver Us from the Evil One”.  It’s so good that I highly recommend your taking the time to read and meditate on it and put it into practice.  Our church and school depend on it.  Prayer is our deadliest weapon against the Devil and his schemes.
Pastor Cory

Truth Is Worth the Fighting

Don’t Be Caught without a Confession
by Michael Reeves for 
The Aquila Report
Christians have always written and cherished summaries of their beliefs. The Bible records the earliest of these confessions of faith (1 Tim 3:16). Then, the early post-Apostolic church produced definitive statements of essential Christian belief, such as the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, still considered benchmarks of orthodoxy. In the centuries that have followed, Christians have continued to produce confessions: the Augsburg Confession (1530), the Thirty-Nine Articles (1562), the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), the London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689), and so on. The church has never been without a confession or creed.


Please Stop Saying “Christianity Isn’t a Religion, It’s a Relationship”

Please Stop Saying

 “Christianity Isn’t a Religion, It’s a Relationship”

by Kevin Halloran

I’m sure you’ve heard it or said it yourself: “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” Please stop.


This statement has good intentions.
I have a personal relationship with Christ and don’t just go through the motions in religious rituals.


But to say that Christianity isn’t a religion?


There are two simple ways to prove that it is a religion:


Biblical Preaching

10 Things You Should Know about the
Necessity of Biblical Preaching

 by: Sam Storms