“Gay Christian” Explains Why She Now Accepts Same-Sex Marriage
Rodgers’s explanation—like her previous one—is long on personal experience and short on Bible
If she has a reasoned biblical rationale for her views, she doesn’t really share it. In fact, she says that when she held to the traditional view, it wasn’t based as much on biblical teaching as it was on her trust in what certain Christian leaders were telling her. When she stopped trusting those leaders,... Continue Reading
Can We Trust the Four Gospels to Tell Us the Truth About Jesus? (Part 2 of 3)
It's become very commonplace to say that the Bible is full of errors and full of contradictions.
Approximately 40 lines out of ~20,000 lines in the New Testament text are in doubt, mostly the longer ending of Mark’s Gospel and the first 11 verses of John 8. So, the total number of seriously disputed lines in the New Testament is less than 1/2 of 1% of the total text. The New Testament... Continue Reading
How China’s One-Child Policy Led To Forced Abortions, 30 Million Bachelors
Fong explores the wide-ranging impact of what she calls the world's "most radical experiment" in her new book, One Child.
In a city setting they could maybe, if you worked for a [civil service-like] job they might threaten to fire you. … This is for having a child. If you went for a termination, all of this would go away. But, of course, then there were people who really wanted the child and then they... Continue Reading
Strangers And Aliens (15a): Turning The Other Cheek (1 Peter 3:8–12)
Peter’s approach is in sharp contrast to the way that post-19th century evangelicals and liberals have often talked about unity.
It is not possible to survey theological liberalism here but those liberals who continue to profess some degree of adherence to the Christianity usually redefine the faith in subjectivist terms. Christianity becomes the quest to recover Jesus’ religious experience. Doctrine becomes a metaphor for personal experience, not claims about objective truth and reality. Liberals have... Continue Reading
That Awkward Conversation
Have you ever been in a conversation with a person you care about who is recommending a so-called Christian book that you know is full of bad theology?
Let’s face it, we become defensive when our judgment is challenged. And who wants to be the continual Debbie Downer in the conversation? And yet at the same time, you want to help encourage people whom you care about to discerningly engage with the content of what they are reading. Truth is important and our... Continue Reading
What’d J’ya Say God?
When that little voice speaks in my head, is that the Spirit?
So we must be careful when talking about our inner voice and the Spirit’s speaking to us. The Bible tells us that the inner voice IS NOT the voice of the Spirit. Instead, the inner voice, as it grows more and more to echo, to repeat what the Bible says, is evidence to us that... Continue Reading
Secularization and the Sexual Revolution: Evangelical Theology and the Cultural Crisis (Part 1)
The challenge of the moral revolution threatens to shake the very foundations of Christianity in the United States and far beyond
Hobson is arguing that this moral revolution, having turned the tables of Christianity, now robs the Christian Church of the moral high ground it had previously claimed. The situation is fundamentally reversed. For the first time in the history of Western civilization, Christianity appears to be on the underside of morality, and those who hold... Continue Reading
Here Comes Trouble. Now What?
Here comes trouble. Cast them on Christ.
This family might be trouble, but they might also be fellow sinners saved by grace, on the road to the heavenly Jerusalem, and growing in Christ day-by-day. The Lord may yet soften and mature them, and he may do it in the very pews of your church. God is still turning the pages on their... Continue Reading
Wheaton Professor Who Said Muslims And Christians Worship The Same God Decides To Leave College
Wheaton College political science professor Larycia Hawkins has decided to part ways with the college.
“The Administration and Dr. Hawkins have come to a place of resolution and reconciliation,” Ryken said in his email. “With a mutual desire for God’s blessing, we have decided to part ways.” In a separate email to the faculty, Wheaton provost Stan Jones said in an email Saturday that he has withdrawn charges for firing... Continue Reading
Dead and Obese Substitutes
If I am not careful, I give faith, honor, glory, and worship to the church of Christ and not the Christ of the church.
As a minister, believe it or not, the church can be my Buddha; it can be my dead and obese idol of choice. The temptation is always before me to over-value increased membership, happy and unified elders, more and better facilities, additional staff, fantastic programs, theological degrees, blog readership stats, church fame, personal notoriety, hearing... Continue Reading
What the Bible Means to Me
This is my short chapter in What the Bible Means to Me published by Christian Focus.
Of course there are great difficulties in the Bible – what else would you expect? There is variety of genre, apparent (though not real) contradictions, and even the apostle Peter found some things hard to understand! But as the living and enduring Word of God, it is still as fresh, and dynamic as the day... Continue Reading
‘Risen’: Hollywood Gets Jesus Right
Overall, this film provides a stunning portrayal of the events behind the Christian teaching that this one man, after being fully dead, was Risen.
Risen isn’t just thematically and historically accurate, it also succeeds as a film. Impressive cinematography captures each powerful scene…. Events unfold in front of a frantic, soaring score, adding even more depth of emotion to such stunning scenes. The pacing is spot on, between Roman questionings, the pursuit of fleeing Jews, and the contrasting peace... Continue Reading
Elbert McGowan Takes Helm at Jackson’s Redeemer PCA Church
Redeemer PCA in Jackson, Miss., calls Elbert McGowan as pastor.
When longtime Redeemer pastor Mike Campbell announced his departure in late 2015, McGowan’s name was immediately on the minds of many congregants as a possible successor. “Elbert preached a sermon before he was voted in, and people were just lit up — it was like electricity,” said pastoral assistant Steve Lanier. “Then he did another... Continue Reading
Can Social Justice Be Rescued?
This book promises to rescue the term from “its ideological captors” by clarifying “the true meaning of social justice.”
To end with one down-to-earth example: How is it that the most Catholic continent of all, South America, with an open field for continuously implementing Catholic social thought ever since 1891, should come into the twenty-first century with the second-largest population of truly poor persons on the planet? With so many structural deficiencies? For all... Continue Reading
Bad Homiletical Models of Expository Preaching
Despite the many books on preaching, bad homiletical models of expository preaching still exist
“Those who favor what is called redemptive-historical preaching tend to be deeply critical of expository preaching styles of the past. They regard the homiletical styles of Augustine and Calvin as guilty of mixing Judeo-Christian theology with classical pagan methodology in their use of the grammatico-historical hermeneutic.” Despite the many books on preaching, bad homiletical... Continue Reading
NARAL: Little Sisters of the Poor ‘Not A Religious Enterprise’
Official at one of the top abortion groups in America: An order of Roman Catholic nuns does not qualify "a religious organization,"
Crane’s views have more traction with the federal government. The HHS regulation mandating free contraception defines a “religious employer” as a group that primarily employs and serves people of a given religion. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops argued, when the rule was released, that most religious organizations and people wouldn’t qualify for an exemption... Continue Reading
Having Trouble in Ministry? Just Face it. Literally.
I want to fear God and love people in such a way that when something comes along that is problematic that I fall on my face and petition the Lord
“Recently we have been reading through the Book of Numbers with the family. I have been struck by Moses’ response to the seemingly incessant grumbling and divisiveness by the people. Surely when God tells us that Moses was more humble than any who were living in his day (Num. 12.3) then we have something to... Continue Reading
Tor and the Trinity
It started with a hijab during Advent, and ends with a foundational lesson in the Trinity
The Second Vatican Council declared that Muslims profess “to hold the faith of Abraham, and together with us they adore the one, merciful God.” Later: “Muslims worship God, who is one, the Creator of heaven and earth,” and said that the “Muslim religion” is “deserving of our admiration for all that is good and true... Continue Reading
Eavesdropping On Two Non-Christian Deathbeds
In the past week, two articles have given insights into how non-Christians face death
“When I read these articles I was struck by the contrast with so many Christian deathbeds that I’ve been present at. Yes, some Christians do look back with regret on parts of their lives, but they also know that all their sins, failings, shortcomings are covered with the blood of Christ.” In the past... Continue Reading
Overture To PCUSA Seeks To Extract Apology From Those Following Biblical Teachings On Sexuality
A Presbyterian Church (USA) presbytery is asking the 222nd General Assembly to apologize to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ/Q) community
The overture asks that the PCUSA affirm, confess and apologize for “the teachings and actions that have created marginalization of our sisters and brothers, adding to the erroneous belief that people who identify as LGBTQ/Q should be considered unworthy to serve fully or be honored as family within and without the church.” A Presbyterian... Continue Reading
It may look like a church, sing like a church, have stained-glass like a church, and call itself a church, but be careful: It might not be a church.
“J. Gresham Machen recognized nearly a century ago that some views that go by the name Christianity are really a different religion altogether. Like the African bishops, orthodox believers everywhere need to be prepared to distance ourselves—not from people, but from a secular agenda masquerading as Christianity.” The big religion story of last year?... Continue Reading
5 Things That Are a Total Waste of Time in Leadership
How do you eliminate things that are a total waste of time as a leader?
“When you’re starting up, everything happens in a frenzy and making it to your next weekend or next milestone is itself a victory. You don’t have time to manage well because you’re so busy creating. But eventually, every organization gets out of start-up phase. Which means you have more time for managing.” You know the scenario.... Continue Reading
The Blessing of Visiting the Sick
Our Savior spent a large portion of His earthly ministry in the presence of the sick
“I am writing this post because, over the past three weeks, I have spent more time at various hospitals (visiting congregants and the family members of congregants) than I have spent in almost every other year of ministry combined.” In 1892, John D. Wells delivered three lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary that were transcribed... Continue Reading
“No Bad Children, Just Bad Choices”
Pelagius had the view that children are born as clean slates
“Augustine’s view was that we are born into sin and this is why all men sin. In other words, we are not born with a good nature, but born sinful and need correction from the beginning. Not only does Romans 5:12 declare this truth to us, we see it in reality when we have children.”... Continue Reading
The Whole Christ
Ferguson is going far beyond church history and bringing clarity to the way we are to live the Christian life.
In other words, Ferguson looks at this controversy, dissects it, and then applies it to our day. And, as it happens, we, too, are struggling with issues related to legalism and antinomianism. That makes his book perfectly timed and a valuable contribution to the discussion about the role of the law, the role of obedience,... Continue Reading
Black Lives Matter or black lives matter?
There is no question that Black Lives Matter (BLM) advocates positions which are antithetical to God's Word.
My goal in this piece is to address the problem of Christians associating with and/or promoting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization and perhaps make a suggestion or two along the way. Since some of my brothers and sisters within the PCA are positively inclined toward BLM to the extent of association and promotion I... Continue Reading
When a Christian Sins
As Christians in this world, we are sinners and saints. Redeemed, yet still needing to repent.
A repentant and confessing Christian has much to remind themselves of when they fall into sin. We need the comfort of the gospel and its strong encouragements. We need reminders to quite our souls with peace regarding the past and reminders to galvanize them for action going forward. We have a great God. Let us... Continue Reading
Can We Trust the Four Gospels to Tell Us the Truth About Jesus? (Part 1 of 3)
Why should we consult these four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) and no others?
If you’re suspicious of the four Gospels because they were accepted and used by the church so early and so widely, keep in mind that this is not the established, government-supported, corrupt church of the Middle Ages. The early church, before Constantine, was known for its loving community, sacrificial concern for one another and for the needy... Continue Reading
Let’s Stop Snuggling the Wolves
Let's fiercely protect our dear brothers and sisters from the dreadful jaws of deception
There remain many more wolves circling the sheep pen. They are not as easy to spot as Bell was; they are humble, they are respected, and if there were problems with their doctrines then surely the flock would be able to chew on the meat and spit out the bones, right? There remain many more... Continue Reading
It’s Just the Way I Am …
There seems to be a lot of praise for offensive “honesty” lately. But being offensive is not a virtue.
As believers, there will be times that we have to “speak the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15), and it may very well offend. When we confront others for their sin, we can do it gently and lovingly and with kindness towards them. They may be offended by what we say, but let it be the... Continue Reading