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 In a separate email to the faculty, Wheaton provost Stan Jones said in an email Saturday that he has withdrawn charges for firing...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

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

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

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

Which Christianity?

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

Sufficient in our Insufficiency

The wonder of God's grace is that we have everything we need to do what God has called us to

So being in a place where we feel insufficient, incapable, and weak is exactly where we need to be. We don’t have to fear being there. We don’t have to fear not knowing what to do because we have everything we need in Christ. He is our sufficiency both in our salvation and in our... Continue Reading

One of the Most Original Books on Homosexuality in Years

A review of Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition by Don Fortson and Rollin Grams

And I can tell you, the result is absolutely devastating for the claim that Christianity and homosexuality go together.  A person might be able to convince themselves that the Bible allows it (by reinterpreting even the plainest of passages), but it is a bit hard to explain away 2000 years of absolutely consistent church history.... Continue Reading

Control What You Can Control and Enjoy the Benefits

A problem with focusing on weight is that when people fail to achieve their weight goals despite vigorous efforts they may get discouraged and give up.

To my friends who began the new year with hopes of a buff body: stick with the exercise even if you are still portly. Hunger and weight are complex and are still being researched. Our bodies were engineered for a world in which famines were inevitable. Some of us may simply have been endowed by... Continue Reading

Why Can’t People Just Be Rational? The Visceral Turn in American Culture and Politics

Evangelicalism is not a movement of thoughtful reflection; rather, it is an activist impulse driven by a certain understanding of religious experience.

But when moral judgments are no more than expressions of individual sentiment at least two things take place. Because the locus of moral authority is the self rather than larger principle, disagreements are often personalized, and there is less room for agreements to disagree regarding matters over which good people may differ. In addition, because... Continue Reading

If Necessary, Use Words?

Lifestyle evangelism by itself, without using words, is not enough. Faith comes from hearing.

The fact of the matter is that words are necessary. That doesn’t mean that conversion is dependent on us, as the Finneyites would have us believe. The Holy Spirit is the one Who converts. So, we should not get ourselves into a sweat about whether we have the right words or not. Our best arguments,... Continue Reading

Survey: Prepubescent Porn Exposure Has Doubled In A Generation

A new study shows childhood exposure to pornography has doubled in a generation, and porn usage and addiction reaches far into Christian churches.

In the report, seven in 10 youth pastors said a teen had come to them in the last 12 months seeking help with porn. With that said, 21 percent of youth pastors and 14 percent of all Christian pastors reported currently struggling with porn themselves. More than 66 percent of teens and young adults reported... Continue Reading

Standing For Life In An Abortion Culture

Thousands come out in the snow to remember the unborn on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade

A looming winter storm shut down most of the nation’s capital Jan. 22, but the forecast did not stop thousands of pro-life advocates from taking to the streets in the 43rd annual March for Life. “It’s inspiring to see so many people here, even with Snowmageddon bearing down on us,” said Carly Fiorina, the lone... Continue Reading

Here’s Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter

Typing is fast. Handwriting is slow. Weirdly, that's precisely why handwriting is better suited to learning.

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” he said. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain, it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize.” The result? “Learning is made easier,” he concluded.... Continue Reading