The Story After ‘Chariots of Fire’

“The Last Race,” a follow up film to “Chariots of Fire,” is about the ministry of Eric Liddell in China after the 1924 Olympics.

The film first shows Liddell, played by Joseph Fiennes, trudging into an internment camp in 1943, then flashes back to the eastern port of Tianjin and his years in the city as a teacher and missionary after his Olympic victory. After the Japanese invade, he sends his pregnant wife (Elizabeth Arends) and their two daughters... Continue Reading

Evangelical Exodus: The Protestant Seminary That Produced Dozens Of Catholic Converts

A new book tells the story of how numerous faculty members and students of a North Carolina Evangelical seminary found their way to the Catholic Church.

I’d say the fact of authoritative Church councils weighed heavily on me. They essentially were the answer to the above issues of canon and orthodoxy, and they also pointed to what the historic Church was—if the Catholic Church was behind the councils that determined the biblical canon and its orthodox interpretation, was it God-guided or... Continue Reading

Lutherans Armor Up to Defend Women

The U. S. Senate wants to mandate female draft registration—starting a war over conscience.

Last week in Milwaukee ,the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s triennial convention passed a resolution, by a 946-89 vote, committing to support “those who have a religious and moral objection to women participating in the selective service system and being subject to a possible draft.” The text of the final resolution built on proposals by more than... Continue Reading

Wisdom and Biblical Principles of Complementarianism

What should complementarianism in the marital relationship look like in a biblically faithful and nuanced fashion?

The Holy Spirit gives us broad principles and examples to follow–thus admitting a measure of subjectivity and necessitating that we seek to proceed with the wisdom that is needed commensurate to the particular situations that may arise. The idea that the Scriptures give us general principles rather than detailed prescriptions for marital situations also tends... Continue Reading

Spin Of The Year

Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year.

“A school that has taken on racism, sexism, heterosexism, and multiple interlocking oppressions is now called to rethink its delivery of theological education in a new and changing world,” said the Very Rev. Gary Hall ’76, chairman of the board, in introducing the resolution. “Ending unsustainable spending is a matter of social justice.” Translation: “Having... Continue Reading

The Practicality of God’s Word

In a culture that has largely rejected the One True Living Triune God the desire for practicality is often controlled by pragmatism.

The practice of God’s word can only be rightly understood when we recognize these two truths: God’s word gets to define all the words we use and all our words are part of a system of truth, apart from which we cannot arrive at these definitions. Everyone has a system of truth, or a systematic... Continue Reading

Seeing Through Rose Colored Glasses

The struggles that you face are likely different from mine, but we share our human condition and our need for the righteousness of Christ.

The glory of the Christian faith, however, is that when God looks at me, he cannot see my scarlet letters, because he is looking at me through rose colored glasses, tinged with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t wear glasses because his eyes are faulty, but he chooses to view me and my... Continue Reading

Another Look at the Earliest Complete List of the Canon of the New Testament

Around 250 A.D., in his typical allegorical fashion, Origen used the story of Joshua to describe what seems to be the complete New Testament canon.

In other words, it seems that we have good reasons to think that Origen’s list of NT books in the Homilies on Joshua is authentic.  And therefore we have good reason to think that there was a fairly well-established NT canon further back than many have thought.   Last year I posted an article entitled “What Is... Continue Reading

What Is the Will of God for My Life?

What does the Bible say about God’s leading?

“The secret things” belong to God, not to us. “The secret things” are not our business because they are not our property; they are His. However, God has taken some of the secret plans of His mind and removed the secrecy, and such things do belong to us. He has taken the veil away. This... Continue Reading

Daddy Needs a Vacation

I crave quiet, low-key, relaxing days that allow me to lie still and read and pray and ponder

“My children may need a vacation, but I need it more. I work harder than they do. I have greater responsibilities. I carry more stress. I have accumulated a lot more mileage. This leaves me with a deep need for rest.”   I need a vacation. Over the years I’ve learned to identify the signs. I’ve... Continue Reading

Southern Honor and Evangelical History: An Interview with Robert Elder

Church discipline, however unevenly practiced, was an acknowledgement of an enslaved person’s moral agency, something the Southern legal system didn’t acknowledge

“Nobody had written a full-length study of it, but most recent histories agreed that early evangelicals challenged the South’s honor culture, especially the violence, drinking, and rigid hierarchies or gender, race, and class that were integral to it.”   I recently had a chance to interview Robert Elder, assistant professor of history at Valparaiso University,... Continue Reading

Women Face The Draft After Lawmaker’s Protest Amendment Backfires

The House of Representatives likely will take up the next National Defense Authorization Act and with it a controversial proposal to require women to register for the draft.

At a recent conference of conservative activists, retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin said historically, women have not been included in the draft for two reasons. First, they were ineligible for frontline combat positions. Secondly, “it runs counter to the values of America. It runs counter to our ethos, and that is that we don’t... Continue Reading

Prophets, Prostitutes and Politicians

It is clear that we live in a shallow, confused and increasingly distorted society

“If one set of servants of God are not fulfilling their God appointed duty – what about the others? The church of Jesus Christ and especially those who profess to be leaders within it? Where have all the prophets gone? In the week that I read about all the above events I happened to be... Continue Reading

Why Married Sex Is Social Justice

It’s not only a solid biblical model — it’s also good for human flourishing

“What possible logic is there in criticizing something as appealing as extramarital sex? These are questions that teenagers want answers to. They will make sacrifices, but they need to know that the sacrifices make sense. Our rules and norms in local churches must be presented as rules and norms that will lead to our children’s... Continue Reading

The First Church of Secularism and Its Sexual Sacraments

This new orthodoxy regards sexual acts as inviolable

“In the new dispensation, traditional restrictions and attitudes are viewed as judgmental, moralistic forms of socially sanctioned aggression, especially against women and sexual minorities. These victims of sexuality have become the new secular saints.”   Surveying some of the sweeping social changes out there — from the legalization of same-sex marriage last year, to the... Continue Reading

Christian Iraqi Population Shrinking With Persecution ‘Worse Than Under Saddam Hussein’

Minorities in Iraq, including Christians, are facing a "catastrophic" reality

“The Christian population was as many as 1.4 million in Iraq back in 2003 during the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, but that number has dwindled since. In October 2015, Aid to the Church in Need said that only 300,000 Christians were left, but MRG says that number is now down further to somewhere between 50,000 to... Continue Reading

As Seemed Best to Them…

It is incumbent on us to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach to disciplining our children because each of our children are different.

While the Bible speaks both directly and indirectly to every aspect of parenting, it does not give us a detailed checklist that–if husbands and wives would simply consult in each and every interaction with their children–would guarantee a favorable outcome. On account of this, quite a number of parachurch ministries (e.g. NCFIC and the formerly influential Vision Forum) have, in... Continue Reading

All Our Works Excluded

When it comes to being right with God – being declared righteous by God and accepted by him – all our works are completely excluded.

“The effective cause (causa efficiens) of justification is God, more accurately God the Father, and still more accurately His grace and righteousness. The meritorious cause is the obedience of Christ the Mediator (causa meritoria). The instrumental cause (causa instrumentalis) is faith worked in the heart through the Holy Spirit and then put into action. The... Continue Reading

Methodism’s Prohibition Bishop & Lesbian Bishop

The United Methodist Church’s Western Jurisdiction has defied church law regarding sexual ethics by electing as bishop an openly avowed lesbian married to another woman.

For many liberal United Methodists, LGBTQ affirmation is the primary justice cause of the day demanding church affirmation. Political social justice advocacy has been a theme of liberal Methodism and much of Mainline Protestantism since early in the 20th century, with a presumed univeralism/syncretism that doesn’t prioritize evangelism or discipleship. Instead, the church’s primary calling... Continue Reading

From a Bloodthirsty Lion to a Blood-shedding Lamb

Faith neither fights nor flies but rather repents and casts all on the Savior’s mercy.

This glimmer of comfort enables you to lift your eyes heavenward. And there you sense the root cause of all your troubles—the face of your God, justly angered by your backsliding and compromising. Eyes meet. Time stands still. Fight or flight? Or faith?   I will go and return to my place till they acknowledge... Continue Reading

The Church of Jesus Christ: True Israel

The church of Israel in the Old Testament and the Israel of God in the New Testament is one body of the Lord Jesus Christ

Even if one has never heard the word “dispensationalism” or received formal teaching on the doctrines of dispensationalism, it has had a great influence on modern evangelicalism. So, many evangelical Christians read the Old Testament and (perhaps even subconsciously) dismiss portions of God’s Word, thinking that they only apply to national Israel or those physically... Continue Reading

Playing with Fire

The State of California, the teaching of history, and the human condition

The action of the State of California may well be driven by the trendy politics of the day, but it represents a phenomenon of comprehensive social and political importance, not just the ascendancy of a particular political stance. The new curriculum represents the confusion that lies at the very heart of modern Western identity; it... Continue Reading

Putin Can’t Stop the Gospel

Every once in a while, a leader, whether it be a judge, a king, or a Czar, tries to do the impossible and shut down the Gospel.

Putin, like Nero before him, arrogantly thinks that he can stop the Gospel. But when the Lord changes the heart of a man or woman and gives them a great love for the souls around them, it doesn’t matter if you threaten them with fines, higher taxes, or even prison and the loss of life.... Continue Reading

Of Conventions, Prayers, And Church

The Importance Of Distinguishing Sacred And Secular

Both the opening and closing of last night’s events are a good argument for doing away with public, shared prayers in such, common, secular events. It’s not that delegates to political conventions should not pray. They should. It’s not that candidates should not pray. They should. It’s not that voters should not pray. They should.... Continue Reading

Racism, Prejudice, and Christ

When the eternal Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us, he crossed an infinite chasm—from the infinite to the finite, and from immortality to mortality.

There is a fine line between legitimate probability judgments and sinful prejudice. It is a real line. God sees it even when we don’t. And my concern is to plead with you not to let the legitimacy of probability judgments function in your heart as a subtle self-justification for sinful prejudice.   Probability and Prejudice... Continue Reading

10 Things You Should Know About Shame

Guilt’s message: “I did something bad,” and needs justification and forgiveness. Shame’s message: “I am bad,” and needs an identity shift and relational connection.

Relational disconnection is often rooted in shame. If I don’t believe that I can be loved, I will find it impossible to be in authentic relationship with anyone. I will find ways to distance myself from others, or to protect myself from being truly known. My core belief is that if you really knew me,... Continue Reading

Denominational Diversity And Cultural Normativity

White Normativity is that set of unwritten cultural precepts that serve as a source of minority alienation in a majority culture—even in the Church.

  Multicultural Normativity is when the Church confesses racial integration as the biblical norm— and the cross-cultural family of Christ as the way things ought to be. Multicultural Normativity means your congregations’ worship and relationships and ministries are so defined by the presence of ethnic minorities—so built from the ground up on a racially integrated... Continue Reading

Recovering the Priority of Personal Holiness

In an age when the church is emulating the world, where it is no longer distinguishable from our pleasure-oriented culture, the example of John Owen shines like a beacon on a stormy night.

The Word of God is the means employed by the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ, so if preaching and evangelism are to be effective, private communion with God in His Word must be more important than discovering the latest ministry technique.   “If the Word does not dwell with power... Continue Reading

For ’90s Teens, Free Condoms Led To More Pregnancies

New study shows the pitfalls of condom distribution in high schools

“Access to condoms for the entire high-school-aged population in a county would lead to about five extra births per 1,000 teenage women, or a 10 percent increase relative to the mean,” wrote Buckles and Hungerman. “Since the average program covered about one-third of the teenage women in the county, the typical program led to an... Continue Reading

How Skipping Church Affects Our Children

The church is losing its young people because the parents never taught their children that it was important.

Maybe the reason why our children have no love for Christ is due to the fact that we as parents do not show any love or passion for Christ, evidenced by how we prioritize our time both on Sundays and during the week. When television, sports, school, hobbies even family itself are elevated to a... Continue Reading