Compiled December 2022
Below you will find a compilation of all the articles we have published at Trinity Reformed Church. Some might wonder why we are committed to writing. The answer is this: We write because we know our people are surfing the internet looking for articles to read. And while that article over at missionalreformedjourneygospelcentered.com might say something useful, it wasn’t written for you by people that love you. We don’t write for a larger audience. Our essays are written for the congregation of Trinity Reformed Church in Huntsville, Alabama. We write because our love cannot be contained.
We are also committed to publishing articles that are high in quality. They must meet a certain standard of style and content before they are published. This is a safeguard against that pesky evangelical problem of lowering everything to the least common denominator. In 1961 Martyn Lloyd-Jones lamented this very problem:
Everything is being brought down to the same level; everything is being cheapened. The common man is made the standard and the authority; he decides everything, and everything has got to be brought down to him. You are getting it on your wireless, your television, in your newspapers; everywhere standards are coming down and down. Are we to do this with the Word of God? I say, No! What has always happened in the past has been this: an ignorant, illiterate people in this country and in foreign countries, coming into salvation, have been educated up to the Book and have begun to understand it, and to glory in it, and to praise God for it. I am here to say that we need to do the same at this present time.”Martyn Lloyd-Jones
With the advent of the Internet, then the smartphone, then social media, the problem of everything being lowered to the least common denominator has worsened. Our target audience is not professional Christians. But neither do we write in a way that makes immature and “worldly Christians” the standard. Could it be that appealing to the hollowness of the modern attention-deficit mind makes for even more hollowness? There has been a gradual realignment where people, even church members, take pride in their ignorance rather than their knowledge. God opposes the proud either way (1 Pt. 5:5). It’s a phenomenon of the absorption of all theological reflection into 280 characters. To meet the challenge of the rewired mind of smartphone addiction, don’t we need to boil God’s truth down to 280 characters?
The answer is, yes, at times. But neither should we refuse to read things longer than 280 characters. While it is harder and harder to generate enthusiasm for deep-delved learning in the pew today, perhaps that’s because in the minds of the watch-glancing pew sitter, to be educated up to the things of God is to become a professional Christian—a stuffy Christian-academic who parses verbs, translates Hebrew, and insufficiently loves the poor. For the record, the Christian academics I know are far from stuffy and don’t live as if translating ancient languages and loving the poor are mutually exclusive.
To seek to be educated up to the things of God is not a call for more stuffy Christian academics who cough in ink. Rather, it is to confess that the tastes and preferences of the natural man need to be put to death (Rom. 8:13), the inner self needs to be renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16), and Christians ought to grow up in every way into Jesus Christ (Eph. 4:15).
In sum, the purpose of the Trinity Reformed Church blog is to help the members “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pt. 3:18).
Books and Reading
Engaging the Culture
Family and The Household
The Great Commission
 D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Knowing the Times (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth 1989), 112.