Pastors’ Journal

13 Reasons Why… Life #3: God cares about your tears

by Kirk Blankenship | July 7, 2017

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Professor Snape lies dying and asks Harry to catch his tears so that the memories they contain could be taken and preserved for others to learn from them.  Harry would then take Snape’s tears and “review” the memories in them so he could understand more fully the trials and agonies Snape endured and the sacrifices that were made on Harry’s behalf.   Tears that reveal the secret struggles… Tears that can tell the story… (Read More)

13 Reasons Why…Life #2: You have value.

by Kirk Blankenship | June 6, 2017

Back in the day, if you were king and wanted to remind all the people in your kingdom just who was in charge, you’d set up statues of yourself at strategic places.  When your citizens saw this statue – when they saw your image – they would know just who had power over their lives.  So when God says in the very first chapter of the Bible, “Let us make man in our image… (Gen 1.27),” He is saying something… (Read More)

13 Reasons Why…Life: You are not alone

by Kirk Blankenship | June 6, 2017

I can’t imagine how he felt, returning home with his step-dad after burying his mom.  I can’t imagine how she felt, being the only one wearing long-sleeves in July to hide her fresh wounds.  I can’t imagine how he felt, moving in with a different family because the last one “couldn’t handle his issues.” I can’t imagine how she felt, looking on the smiling faces of the couples at school when her boyfriend had cast her aside like last summer’s… (Read More)

13 Reasons Why… You Have Good Reasons to Live

by Kirk Blankenship | June 6, 2017

Casey lived just down the street from me growing up.  He, my older brother, and I would play basketball until our muscles ached and it was too dark to see the hoop.  He used to call me “Crazy Legs”.  He was so full of humor and laughs and goofiness.  We began to run with different crowds once we got into high school, but we would still shoot baskets from time to time.  And he still kept calling me “Crazy Legs”,… (Read More)

More Than a Monument

by Kirk Blankenship | May 5, 2017

The link below is to the pamphlet that will be available in hard copy this coming Sunday pertaining to how the Westminster Confession of Faith and its Catechisms help us understand and apply the Ten Commandments to our lives today. More Than a Monument – 10 Words for Today

Parents Wading in Deep

by Kirk Blankenship | July 7, 2015

I have fielded private questions from three of our youth since this past Saturday concerning the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage.  What this tells me is that many of our young people have questions that this recent SCOTUS ruling is causing to bubble to the surface.  Dear parents of youth, I say this to you to ask… no… implore you to talk to your teenager(s).  And when I mean “talk” to them, what I don’t mean is give… (Read More)

Gay Pride… Christian Shame

by Kirk Blankenship | July 7, 2015

I have just posted a new post at my blog titled “Gay Pride… Christian Shame“.  If the link doesn’t work, just copy and paste the following URL into the address field of your search browser. https://boat14nc.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/gay-pride-christian-shame/

50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

by Kirk Blankenship | March 3, 2015

As we approach the season of the year when the church most poignantly focuses on the death of Christ on the cross and His subsequent resurrection, many of us struggle to know how to refresh our vision.  Here is where reading wise and devotional words from other saints can be of great help and a boost to our souls.  And here is where John Piper and Desiring God Ministries has given the Church a gift through the offer of a… (Read More)

A new post on my blog

by Kirk Blankenship | January 1, 2015

Click here (https://boat14nc.wordpress.com/) to read my blog post about Newsweek’s horrid (and lengthy!) article that casts stones at anyone who wants to take the Bible seriously.  The blog post has a link to the Newsweek article and, more importantly, a link to the first half of an answer by RTS-Charlotte professor, Dr. Michael Kruger.

Dread and Our Religion

by Kirk Blankenship | November 11, 2014

Here is a new blog post, “The Danger of Dread“, from a very astute counselor and author whose writings I have grown more and more fond of in recent years.  Even if we are not as far down the dreadful road Dr. Welch describes in this post, he very succinctly and very accurately puts his finger on so many of our propensities to want to take control of our religion.  But our religion isn’t a system that we can control. … (Read More)

New Class on Stewardship

by Kirk Blankenship | September 9, 2014

Consider the following interest piece on the Adult Bible Hour (a.k.a. Sunday school) class on biblical stewardship that starts this Sunday.  It is written by Russ Stevens, the featured teacher and member at Meadowview Church: Money can be a very sensitive topic and it seems that money is a major irritant in many marriages. It doesn’t have to be that way. God has a plan for how we handle our money, single or married. And as we know, God’s plans… (Read More)

What happened at the PCA’s General Assembly in June?

by Kirk Blankenship | August 8, 2014

This year Paul Koeppel, Dan Rhodes, and I went as our congregation’s representatives to the PCA’s General Assembly in Houston, TX.  What follows is a report of the highlights from our perspective. The 42nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA, our denomination) was held in Houston, TX June 17-19 this year and was largely uncontroversial, gathering very little national media attention. However, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (the largest and theologically liberal Presbyterian denomination)… (Read More)

Zealously Seeking Normalcy

by Kirk Blankenship | June 6, 2014

Recently I talked to a professor from a Christian college about an experience he had with one of his students in which the student had a panic attack in his office. Why did this student have a panic attack? Because they were afraid their life wasn’t going to be significant enough. They feared a life of suburban obscurity in which everything in their life like a spouse, children, home, cars, and job would be part of a bland and unexceptional… (Read More)