Bullets For All
A trifecta of spiritual rebellion-secularism, radical Islam, and multiculturalism-combines various seductive forms of Oneism (what Paul calls the Lie in Romans 1:25) and draws people away from life-giving Truth.
Only this unique Trinitarian Creator God, source of personhood, of intelligent complexity, and of love, can make sense of the world around us and thus reveal secularism, in its practical atheism, to be deadly nonsense; multicultural spirituality to be finally occultic; Islam to be bathed in inevitable human cruelty. Only the God of Twoism makes... Continue Reading
May I Ask a Question?
I haven't ventured very far in the Christian blogsphere before I've learned that some questions are not welcomed
Some teachers are considered, by their followers and perhaps even by themselves, to be above such things. Or worse, why even bother? Why not just stop with the questions already? Just believe everything my favorite guru (Christian or otherwise) says. Isn’t the Holy Spirit going to lead me into all truth so all I need... Continue Reading
How To Baptize: The Mode
Biblically speaking, what is the proper mode of baptism?
Here’s how J. G. Vos explains it: “The mode of baptism is a matter of indifference. That is, the quantity of water to be used and the manner in which it is to be applied are not matters which have been appointed in Scripture. In the history of the church there have been three modes... Continue Reading
5 Reminders for Christian Parents
We trust God that He will do a mighty and supernatural work in the souls and lives of the children that He has entrusted to us
As parents we want immediate results. Why? Because in this fast-paced world, we get everything else, so it seems, immediately and without much delay. But the souls of our children are like well-watered gardens that grow a healthy crop over time. The hearts of our children must be like a field that produces a vast... Continue Reading
Following Rob Bell: The Edges of Orthodoxy and the Center of the Zeitgeist
These days, the real adventurers are those who set sail for the risky land of Christian orthodoxy
For Dobson, he’s been on a journey which started one place and is leading him to another; specifically, to the edges of faith. In actual fact, he’s exactly where he’s always been. His self-professed goal was always to be the cool pastor with the cool shoes. It’s not that he’s journeyed away from the “center”... Continue Reading
Like a Nightmare? Marx, Machen, and the Significance of History
That history is a nightmare is surely one of the defining convictions of this present age
“Machen’s concern for history, however, is broader than just the biblical story and its importance for doctrine. Because he held to a high view of the church as an institution, and of her offices, officers and confessions, history was inevitably of vital importance to the particularities of Christian belief and practice in the present.” ... Continue Reading
Theological Error Seeps In
Theological error, like water, seeks its level.
“Theological error should not be ignored. It seeks its level. It manifests itself in places we might not expect. It is up to us to know the signs and to pay attention. Naiveté in such matters does not serve us well.” Years ago, in the second house in which Mrs Heidelblog and I lived,... Continue Reading
An Apostle To The Intellectuals
The author stands up boldly for Calvinism. But not all Christians will recognize her creed.
Any book written by Marilynne Robinson will sell, and that may be the problem. “The Givenness of Things” is billed as a collection of essays, but it consists preponderantly of discursive half-baked musings. Ms. Robinson prefaces one of her many inchoate ideas by admitting—I suppose in this case to her credit—“My thoughts on the subject... Continue Reading
5 Ways To Pursue Peace In a Difficult Relationship
Here are a few things I tell myself when I’m in the thick of a difficult relationship
“I’m naturally sensitive and have a history of taking things too personally. But by God’s grace, I’m working hard against this tendency because I want to love people, not react to them. Sometimes it’s as simple as growing thicker skin in order to love someone past their rough edges.” My friends are good forgivers.... Continue Reading
When Terrorism Works
For the stiff upper lip we put up against acts of terror, the fact is sometimes they work
“The point of terrorism—and what makes it appealing to those who cannot fight traditional-style battles—is to inject fear into others. To freeze economies by making people too afraid to go out shopping. To tear societies apart since people are too afraid to gather in public places. In short, the point is to make us too fearful.”... Continue Reading
Nine Reasons Christians Don’t Evangelize
I cannot recall ever seeing a strongly evangelistic church led by a non-evangelistic pastor
“I am still surprised by the number of churches that have no intentional, strategic plan to help Christ followers do evangelism. Ideally, of course, believers will naturally talk about Jesus, but even passionate people sometimes need direction and equipping.” I’ve been a professor of evangelism for almost twenty years. Over the years, I’ve continually... Continue Reading
The Fruits Of The Spirit
None of us are perfect trees, and therefore none of us have perfect fruit.
“When we look at a tree and see bad fruit, we conclude it is a bad tree (Matt. 7:17-20). When we look at the same tree and it has good fruit, new fruit, we conclude the tree has changed. There’s not just new fruit but a new tree. This is what God does for His... Continue Reading
Why Controversy Is Sometimes Necessary
There is no genuine unity apart from unity in God’s revealed truth.
“There are times when believers are divided over serious and consequential questions, and controversy is an inevitable result. The only way to avoid all controversy would be to consider nothing we believe important enough to defend and no truth too costly to compromise.” I recently watched as a young mother acted quickly and decisively to... Continue Reading
The Two-Kingdoms Theology and Christians Today
2Ktheology: Christians should view themselves as citizens of two distinct kingdoms (the church and the world), and that efforts to transform society on the basis of Christian principles are wrongheaded.
We will cheerfully admit that 2K advocates have some legitimate concerns, particularly that the mission and witness of the church not be hijacked by political and cultural agendas. But in this instance the cure is worse than the disease. While 2K theology may well scratch the itch of Christians who need a theological excuse to... Continue Reading
How “Safe Spaces” Kill Human Dignity
“Safe spaces” attempt to reduce public discourse to self-admiring yes-fests that ban disagreement or critiques that could potentially hurt someone’s feelings.
However, our culture no longer derives the concept of human dignity from either the imago Dei or from an understanding of man as a rational animal. We are an agnostic society. We no longer uphold mankind as metaphysically superior to animals, and we are plagued by a sinking suspicion that we will not always be... Continue Reading
Evangelical Theological Society 2015
The Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting is different for everyone; a few highlights.
Here is the bottom line question. Given that Jesus would not condone same sex activity, what would he do and say to people struggling with homosexual desires? How would he communicate God’s grace and truth without pushing them over the edge? Don’t tell me that my views are hateful bigotry unless you can answer that... Continue Reading
When Did the Church Turn Into Amway?
Is it Amway or a Mega-Church? Not to worry, it’s the same thing.
The Evangelical Industrial Complex has copied many of the very things that have “worked” so well in Amway: *Tell people that Christianity is all about getting your Dreams and realizing your Destiny. Check. *Tell people that having lots of money is a good thing that God wants for you (so you can help others, of course). Check.... Continue Reading
What the Lord’s Prayer Cinema Controversy Tells Us About Religion In The UK Today
What does this little pre-Christmas spat on The Lord’s Prayer teach us about the state of religion in Britain today?
The reaction to this advert is quite revealing at another level. While the political secularists seek to remove every last vestige of our Christian heritage from public life, it seems as though the majority of the great British public don’t agree. Most people don’t go to church, but nonetheless many still regard Britain as a... Continue Reading
Should Christians “Disown” Gay Children?
Whether or not a gay son, daughter, or other family member calls himself or herself a Christian, Christians should love them as family members
But Christian parental love denies neither the child nor God’s law. It insists on loving both child and God’s law, which may be the hardest challenge of all, requiring strength, flexibility, tenacity, resilience, hope, faith. Such love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things (1 Cor. 13:7). So, love your... Continue Reading
Three Reasons Why Big Events Are Ineffective in Most Churches
Not all church events are intended to be outreach events but those that do, do not fare well in that regard.
The Great Commission cannot be limited to special holidays. The event should be only a part of an overall heart and strategy to reach people with the gospel. This issue is much like churches expecting the stand-and-greet time during the worship services to make them a friendly church. Genuine friendliness is not limited to a... Continue Reading
Tears for Gosnell’s House of Horrors
Healing and forgiveness can be found, even with tragedies like 3801 Lancaster.
The Philadelphia police who had seen a lot in their work on the streets had never seen anything like what they found at the address of 3801 Lancaster. What they found was a filthy medical facility. For example, a cat roamed freely and there were uncleaned litter boxes through the building. There was nothing that... Continue Reading
Same-Sex Marriage: Hamilton Princess Cancels Talks
Hamilton Princess, Bermuda was both applauded and criticised for pulling the plug on two talks by a prominent same-sex marriage opponent.
Mr Federer told The Royal Gazette he was not aware of the nature of the forums until media coverage. But the organisers said the hotel never asked for specifics about the talk. “Hamilton Princess was fully informed that the venue and arrangements were being made for and on behalf of Preserve Marriage,” said their statement.... Continue Reading
Colorado Springs Pastor Killed in Planned Parenthood Shooting
Attack at abortion clinic leaves three dead and nine wounded.
Among the victims was Garrett Swasey, a 44-year-old campus police officer for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The Washington Post profiles Swasey’s role at Hope Chapel, a nondenominational evangelical church, where he served as a co-pastor for seven years and played on the worship team. Police confer at an intersection near the scene of... Continue Reading
We Are Living In The Midst Of The Greatest Turning Of Muslims To Christ In History
With all news of the persecution around the world by Islamist groups, there is a lesser-known story of growing numbers of Muslims who are turning to Christ as Lord.
One group of converts in Central Asia said they tell each other: “If you’re persecuted just thank God that you haven’t been beaten, if you’ve been beaten, thank God you haven’t been thrown in prison, if you’re in prison, thank God you haven’t been killed, and if you’ve been killed, thank God that you’re with... Continue Reading
Reviving the Black Church
A review of Thabiti Anyabwile’s Reviving The Black Church: A Call to Reclaim a Sacred Institution
Reviving the Black Church offers a robust biblical and theological exposition of how dead black churches can be made alive in Christ by the power of the Spirit and the preached Word, just like those dry bones in Ezekiel 37. But Reviving the Black Church isn’t just for the black church. Pastors and church leaders from a variety of... Continue Reading
Questions Through The Decades
Questions that characterize each decade of our lives.
Seventies: How do I handle the sense of loss? Questions of grieving and rearranging. Eighties: What can I offer a world that sees me as feeble and obsolete? Living with obscurity. Nineties: How do I deal with end of life issues? What is my legacy? How will I die? Who will remember me? On... Continue Reading
Take Down Of A Liberal Icon
Princeton University is under pressure from the Black Justice League, a student group, to remove the name and image of Woodrow Wilson, whom they accuse of being a racist
Woodrow Wilson’s views were appalling—his published, philosophically founded, intellectually consistent views. But if the campus activists were at all interested in understanding, not just denouncing, they would follow the trail from Wilson’s racial views to the progressivism and scientific of his day that continue to misshape our own views of human worth. College and... Continue Reading
Race and University Admissions: Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas II
Fisher v. University of Texas II is scheduled to be heard in the court’s new term. The outcome will shape college and university admissions policies nationwide.
What should the Supreme Court do with this appeal? First, it is time for the justices to insist that public colleges and universities produce convincing evidence that a diverse student body produces enough clear, compelling, benefits to justify race-conscious admissions. The court should retreat from its policy of “deferring” to universities on this issue. Secondly,... Continue Reading
Abortionists Admit Emotional Toll Of Grisly Work
In video footage the National Abortion Federation tried to suppress, conference panelists admit the horror of killing unborn babies
Evidently, many abortionists cannot escape the psychological toll their violent work takes on them. NAF’s San Francisco conference focused on providing psychotherapeutic help for second trimester abortionists. Harris spoke at that conference as well, talking about “stigma” workshops she runs, in which abortion providers share their experiences. She laments the risks, mentioning ruptured family relationships... Continue Reading
No More Football, Guys
“Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?” – Professor Higgins
The relationship between Christ and the church is the pattern. Does Christ submit to the church so that somehow the church does not submit to Christ in everything? No, Christ does not submit to the church, but he does love the church, sacrificially so to the point of death…. The note in the ESV Study... Continue Reading