Three American Heroes On French Train Are Strong Christians
“They’re all Christians, they’re all very religious.”
Sadler is the son of a Baptist pastor in Sacramento, California. All three young men were childhood friends who attended California’s Freedom Christian School together and regularly played military games in their youth, according to the Gospel Herald…. Pastor Anthony Sadler, who ministers in Sacramento’s Oak Park neighborhood, told reporters that he believes his son and... Continue Reading
Augustines For The 21st Century
The church needs more pastors who write and preach top-notch theology
“Today,” Hiestand and Wilson write, “we find ourselves in a context where to be a theologian is, almost by definition, to be a professor in the academy. And to be a pastor is, almost by definition, to be anything but a theologian.” Most pastors act as “passive conveyors of insights from theologians to laity. A... Continue Reading
I’m Sick Of Your Moral Relativism
It’s time to quit waffling: Babies are humans at conception. Period.
“For those still clinging to their pro-choice flag, willingly ignorant of science, please know: Your moral relativism is nauseating in its consequences, annoying in its logical fallacies, and disgusting in its devastating effects on political and cultural debate.” For all their fervor, the center-left media still struggle to condemn Planned Parenthood for selling baby’s... Continue Reading
Is There Any Actual Demand for Same-Sex Marriage?
Of the population that identifies as LGBT, a mere 4 percent are in a “same-sex marriage.”
“Same-sex marriage became the law of the land without anything close to proportional demand by homosexuals to actually marry someone of the same sex. There are likely many more polyamorists who would be interested in getting married than same-sex couples. Indeed, when polygamy is legalized (an issue we’ll consider in a future article), the number will... Continue Reading
The Prosperity Gospel Creates Poor Christians
This bad theology results in misplaced hope, skewed reality, and wishful thinking
“Name it; Claim it!” is their mantra. And the number of goodies God doles out—whether in the form of a lucrative job, an increased bank account or even physical healing—depends entirely upon your faith (sometimes shown by how much you’re willing to give first). Earlier this year, the Internet erupted over the fact that... Continue Reading
Sex-Selection Services in Demand at U.S. Fertility Clinics
A growing number of clinics in the United States now offer a controversial service called “family balancing” or “nonmedical sex selection.”
Fertility Institutes, a network known for sex selection services in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico City, says nearly 90 percent of its clients have no medical fertility issues, but instead come from the U.S. and abroad to ensure their next child’s gender, The Wall Street Journal reported. For about $18,000, the clinic offers parents a... Continue Reading
I’m 67 now, and statistically 3/4 of my way through life
“Millions of Christian men, baby boomers they call us, are facing the last 1/4 of life and if we’re not careful, we’ll end up like so many, simply killing time pleasantly in warm places.” A decade ago, Bob Buford wrote a wonderful book called Half-time. In it, he begs Christian men and women approaching... Continue Reading
The Silence of the Sheep – Why Is The UK Church Quiet About Abortion and Planned Parenthood?
Abortion is one of those shibboleth issues that is considered a ‘secular’ value and therefore cannot be criticised, which is why the PP scandal has been kept quiet
“What about the Church? In the US there have been many Christian commentators who, appalled by the videos, have not been slow to comment. But in the UK the silence has been almost deafening – apart from the Catholic Church and various campaign groups. But what about the rest of us – especially the evangelical... Continue Reading
‘My Pastor Is on the Ashley Madison List.’
Too many Christians have been caught using Ashley Madison, many of them pastors and church leaders. What now?
God’s grace is sufficient for the shepherd who falls, and the flock left vulnerable. We have a Great Shepherd, a Chief Shepherd, who is for us what earthly shepherds can never be: perfect, absolutely trustworthy, and never failing. It is He who leads us beside still waters in and into green pastures. Let us place... Continue Reading
There Were Only 3 ZIP Codes in America Without Any Ashley Madison Accounts — Here They Are
There are precisely three ZIP codes across the country that have no record of Ashley Madison users.
And there you have it. Those are the last vestiges of the US left untouched by Ashley Madison — though of course there is the possibility that there are other bastions of innocence that have fake accounts registered to them. Even so, the ubiquity of Ashley Madison is striking. One of the reasons why... Continue Reading
The Ideal American Woman of the 19th Century
I would argue that we are influenced not only by the present day but by strongly held, cultural ideas of the past.
The following is an excerpt regarding the ideal 19th century woman, which historians have called the cult of true womanhood. If you read it in the light of the ongoing debate about gender roles, it has a familiar ring to it. Of particular note, this ideal could not be achieved by poor women or slaves.... Continue Reading
Ministering to the Suffering
Here are a few reminders for Christians as we minister to others in their suffering
Suffering is a time during which we experience the weight of the curse in heavier-than-usual ways. As people are pulled and pressed under previously unexperienced pains, people often say and do things spiritually uncharacteristic of how you’ve known them. And as much as we’d like the Spirit to ooze out of suffering’s squeeze, sometime it just... Continue Reading
Should We Read Expository Commentaries?
Some considerations on what use to make of expository commentaries
This question is a matter of debate over at Ref21, with Rick Phillips taking the pro side, and Paul Levy taking the con side. I have to say, having read many expository commentaries, that I whole-heartedly agree with Rick. Paul raises some important points, however, which deserve careful consideration. The first point he raises is... Continue Reading
God Keeps His Covenant of Love
God loves you, mom. He is faithful to complete the good work He began in you.
I realize that not every pastor’s wife has children or the prospect of grandchildren. Not every pastor’s wife has offspring who are following the Lord and bringing her joy. I know this can be painful. Although God is not blessing you in the same way that He is blessing me (and vice versa), He is blessing you... Continue Reading
Should We Watch Murders on Social Media?
I don’t think we should watch the video. I don’t think we should post it. And I don’t think media outlets should run it.
A videotaped massacre can easily be a kind of pornography, turning human beings—made in the image of God–into spectacles, all while giving the illusion of a safe distance between their suffering and the audience. We can justify watching this as “being informed,” but there is a very thin line these days between news and entertainment.... Continue Reading
Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy
The furor and grief over the Ashley Madison revelations point to the underlying reality that even those supposedly liberated from conventional sexual morality really do know that adultery is wrong.
But in the larger secular culture, the big question is whether adultery really matters or not. Marriage and monogamy have been subverted from an array of cultural forces. Moral revolutionaries declared war on monogamy, declaring it to be unrealistic, patriarchal, repressive, and antiquated. Popular culture and entertainment glorified virtually any experiment in sexual gratification and... Continue Reading
Noisy Quiet Times
Some of us may be surprised to find out how many hours we have actually spent with our Lord Jesus when we meet him face to face.
Late one night I was reading a Christian book on the disciplines of the Christian woman. When I got to the part that suggested setting my alarm clock at 3:00 am to have my quiet time, I slammed the book closed and threw it at the wall. That book has probably been a blessing to... Continue Reading
Already & Not-Yet
We may speak of the kingdom of God – the rule and reign of Christ – as being already here, but not yet come in its fullness.
There is a real danger of falling into one of the ditches on either side of the road when it comes to our understanding of the coming of the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God was inaugurated at Christ’s first coming and will be consummated at His second coming. Living between these two epiphanies,... Continue Reading
The Radical Assault on Marriage and Family, from Karl Marx to Justice Kennedy
An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor, author of "Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage"
The key here is the rise of the New Left, or the so-called “cultural Marxists.” They switched the fight against the West away from the Marxist class/economic-based revolutionary model to one of culture and sex. Their inability to sell economic Marxism to the world meant that a new means would be needed to bring down... Continue Reading
I Will Not Treat You Fairly
What do we want from God, the Judge? Will we really demand fairness from him?
This is the simple Gospel. Those who demand equitable fairness will spend their days receiving such in the place of eternal condemnation. Contrarily, those who say, “Forget Fairness” will receive mercy and grace from the Son of God who took their sins upon his shoulders, placed his righteousness upon their account, and “forgot fairness” for... Continue Reading
Why San Francisco’s City Church Is Wrong About Sex
San Francisco's evangelical City Church will no longer require members to abstain from homosexual practice, so long as the homosexual activity occurs in the context of marriage.
Although the City Church letter appeals to Jesus’ mission to outcasts as a basis for jettisoning a male-female requirement for marriage, it is difficult to claim that the Jesus we encounter in Scripture would have countenanced homosexual sex in the context of a “marriage.” Jesus appealed to the two-sexes requirement for marriage (and thus for... Continue Reading
Editorial: Doctors Must Put Patients Before Personal Views
The Canadian Medical Association is proposing that doctors who object to assisted suicide should be required to refer patients to an independent third party.
Laws prohibiting medically assisted death in Canada were struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada in February. The court gave the federal government a year to deliver a new law allowing consenting adults with an “intolerable” – though not necessarily terminal – condition the right to seek medical help to end their lives. Making... Continue Reading
Ben Carson: #BlackLivesMatter Misfire
Our righteous anger misdirected at politically convenient targets, not real culprits.
We should go to Washington. For decades they have fought the “War on Poverty.” Poverty won. We lost. Over 19 trillion dollars has been wasted, but can anyone identify a single battle won as a result? We certainly have not helped the poor “lift themselves out of the ruts of poverty” as Lyndon Johnson promised — far from... Continue Reading
“Textual, Expository, Redemptive-Historical, Applicatory” Preaching?
If all expository preachers differ in their style, structure and approach to preaching, is one specific way of preaching that we ought to be aiming for?
A hermeneutical principle can never take the sole place in a homiletical method. This danger can occur with systematic theology as well. We have to integrate the redemptive-historical elements into the sermon as they are naturally highlighted in the immediate context of the text. This is not always an easy task. We have to give ourselves to a... Continue Reading
Anti-Church Evangelical Trends
Six anti-church trends among American evangelicals
Spectator Christians: “Spectator Christianity feeds on the delusion that virtue can come through viewing, much like the football fan who imagines that he ingests strength and daring while watching his favorite pro team. Spectator sports and spectator Christianity produce the same things – fans who cheer the players on while they themselves are in desperate need... Continue Reading
Kenya Moves Forward with Strict New Church Regulations
In mid-August, Deputy President William Ruto said the government will tighten regulations on the registration of religious organizations and their leaders in an attempt to tame rogue pastors.
The new rules, announced earlier this year, would require pastors, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders to obtain certificates of good conduct from the police and clearance from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. Religious leaders opposed the move and asked for more consultations with government officials. (WNS)–The Kenyan government is cracking down on churches in... Continue Reading
Accidental Feminist or Vlad the Impaler?
To help the dazed and clear up the confusion, here is a final helpful summary of what we actually claim
While I have little interest in complementarianism as a social movement myself, I worry at the influence such voices may have on congregations and Christian families. It would thus be very helpful for groups like CBMW to make it clear where they think the acceptable rightward boundary of their movement is. And, while we’re at... Continue Reading
Killing Sin by the Spirit
"Be killing sin or it will be killing you." - John Owen
Killing sin is not a one-time, simple procedure. There’s no easy seven-step program of sin killing that you can complete in a week or a month or a year. As long as we remain in this flesh, we will be subject to temptations and we must constantly, vigilantly, diligently and ruthlessly kill sin. We cannot... Continue Reading
Bumper Sticker Worldviews: Do They Make Sense?
Although the non-Christian worldview might seem like a steady structure on the outside, we can have confidence that it won’t hold up under closer scrutiny.
The other day I pulled up behind a car that contained a litany of bumper stickers expressing their view about all sorts of things. They were not hiding their worldview (or at least parts of it). But, as might be expected, this individual apparently took very little time to consider whether the content of these... Continue Reading
A Brief History Of Covenant Theology
The roots of Reformed covenant theology are as deep as the Christian revelation and tradition is old.
It is clear that, through the 20th century, the great consensus which had been sustained since the Reformed covenant theology since the 1520’s has fragmented. The causes seem to be three: The influence of Barth, even among confessional theologians has been greater than many recognize. Second, in reaction to Modernity, many have become practical fundamentalists,... Continue Reading