About Jonathan Dorst

Jonathan Dorst was born in Pittsburgh, PA and has lived a number of places on the East Coast and in the Southwest. He went to seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary- Charlotte. After seminary, Jonathan was an Assistant Pastor at two churches in South Carolina and Virginia. In 2003, he moved to Stillwater, OK to plant Grace Church Stillwater (PCA) and lived there for 11 years. In June of 2014, they moved to Tulsa, OK for Jonathan to work at RiverOaks.

Echoes of Calvin Onscreen: Baby Driver and Wonder Woman

Two of this Summer’s biggest movies are works of fiction with a strong moral sense. While neither of the films was written, to my knowledge, by someone who claims Orthodox Christian faith, they both arrive at truths that are consistent with Christian, particularly Calvinistic, doctrine. [Read more…]

Why You Should Never Separate The 10 Commandments From The Prologue

If all we have is the law, we have no hope; the Prologue tells us about our hope. [Read more…]

Memento and The Lord’s Supper

Every Sunday, we quote Jesus calling us to remember His person and work when we come to the Lord’s Table. The minister says, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” I used to wonder, why is Jesus so concerned about our memory? I mean, of course, I can remember that Jesus died on the cross for me. [Read more…]

How Should We Raise Smart Kids? A Review of Gifted

The new film Gifted (2017) plays up our love for, and fascination with, brilliant, sassy kids, as well as our disdain for overbearing parents. It is, at core, a moral exploration of the challenges of parenting, namely, what should a parent want for a child? Complicating the situation is that the usual decision-makers for the child, her biological parents, are either dead or completely out of the picture, and there are two adults competing to answer that question with, or maybe for, her. [Read more…]

Must I Avoid the Appearance of Evil?

If we’re to avoid not just evil, but the appearance of evil, where do we draw the line? And how do we know what appears evil to other people? [Read more…]

Why is an Evangelical Pastor Excited About Moonlight Winning Best Picture?

I am an Evangelical pastor who is conservative theologically, believing the historic orthodox doctrines of Christianity, including the inerrancy of Scripture, the unique sufficiency of Christ, and the establishment of marriage as between one man and one woman. And I’m also excited that Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards just a few weeks ago. [Read more…]

Jesus: The Comforting and Threatening Light

Jesus is like fire, both a comforting and threatening light. He’s comforting to those who are tired of the darkness and want to see; to those who are willing to come into the light and to be known. But He’s threatening to those who don’t want to be known. He is a threat to those who are building their own kingdoms in the dark, and who are making money off of other people being in the dark [Read more…]

Martin Scorsese’s Silence: Is Some Soil too Rocky for Jesus?

In the song “The Silence of God,” Andrew Peterson sings: It’s enough to drive a man crazy, it’ll break a man’s faith It’s enough to make him wonder, if he’s ever been sane When… Heaven’s only answer is the silence of God It’ll shake a man’s timbers when he loses his heart When he has [Read More…]

Drowning in His Own Private Ocean: Denzel Washington’s Fences

My father grew up in a poor neighborhood in Pittsburgh, PA called Hazelwood in the 1950’s and ‘60’s. He used to play basketball with a kid from the neighborhood named Freddie Kittell. All the kids thought Freddie was pretty strange because he almost never talked and would often play ball barefoot, even in the winter. [Read More…]

Jesus Is For Losers (Did You Know That, Mary?)

Mary was the perfect mother for Jesus. Because she was poor and lowly, and willing to be used of God. She was a loser in what most people think is important in life. But, God loved her and blessed her. She would lose everything through this experience, but she would gain everything through God’s plan. [Read more…]