China Honours Christian Missionary And Olympic Athlete Eric Liddell
British Olympic champion and missionary to China, Eric Liddell, has been honored with a statue in his native China.
The British educated athlete who was nicknamed ‘the flying Scotsman’ and born in Tianjin, returned to China in 1925 to serve as a missionary teacher, where he mostly remained until his death in 1945, in a Japanese civilian internment camp. On Monday, the marble sculpture of Liddell, captured in mid-stride, was unveiled in Tianjin… ... Continue Reading
The Imminent Decline of Contemporary Worship Music: Eight Reasons
By imminent decline of contemporary worship music, I do not mean imminent disappearance.
“Contemporary worship” to me is an oxymoron. Biblically, worship is what angels and morning stars did before creation; what Abraham, Moses and the Levites, and the many-tongued Jewish diaspora at Pentecost did. It is what the martyrs, now ascended, do, and what all believers since the apostles have done. More importantly, it is what we... Continue Reading
Who Am I?
Knowing who we are as Scripture defines us
I am so grateful I have not been left to my own wisdom to understand who I am and who we are as human beings. What conflicting ideas exist among us! Thankfully, God’s Word makes sense of what would otherwise be senseless and random….the Word is robust enough to give clarity amidst the complexity. ... Continue Reading
A Review: ‘Perspectives On The Extent Of The Atonement: Three Views’
There is genuine profit in reading an exposition and defense of varying views that goes beyond the needs of the beginning student.
Carl Trueman defends “Definite Atonement,” arguing that Christ died with the intention of saving his elect. His essay consists of two primary planks: 1) The Particularity of Intention in Christ’s Saving Mission, and 2) The Objective Efficacy of Christ’s Work…. Grant Osborne defends the “General Atonement” view in a series of steps that Christ died for everyone,... Continue Reading
Why Aren’t Calvinists Pacifists?
Pacifism has gained much more traction among Anabaptists, and among liberal Catholics and Protestants, than among Reformed believers.
I am a Reformed evangelical Christian, and I am not a pacifist. I do not see a consistent pacifist requirement in Scripture, especially for rulers and governments. But Reformed Christians could use more skepticism about the wisdom and value of war, and about the aims of the nation in which they live. Why have so... Continue Reading
‘Conflict of Rights’: Christian University Takes Battle For Law School to B.C. Supreme Court
Trinity Western University is asking B.C. Supreme Court to overturn the society’s decision to deny accreditation to graduates.
The cases pit religious freedoms against same-sex equality rights, with each side arguing discrimination. Boonstra said Trinity’s covenant is central to the private university’s identity as an evangelical Christian institution. It enrols about 4,000 students annually. They are not screened for sexual orientation but must abide by the code of conduct. It asks students to... Continue Reading
S.C. Church’s Stance On Homosexuality Challenged
The South Carolina Baptist Convention asks First Baptist Greenville to either reverse its decision on marriage ceremonies, church membership and ordination to homosexuals or withdraw from the convention.
Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said the church’s claim not to have made a decision on homosexuality “is theologically, biblically, morally and even logically incoherent. The church certainly did make a decision regarding homosexuality.” Mohler wrote in a blog post that SBC moderates’ refusal to affirm the doctrine of scriptural inerrancy... Continue Reading
Video Whistleblower: Planned Parenthood Does Some Good In Addition to ‘Things Like Fetal Trafficking’
Republican lawmakers have called for an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood
A vote to divert Planned Parenthood funding to community health centers and hospitals that do not perform abortions failed when Senate Democrats filibustered the legislation, although two of their colleagues voted with Republicans. “There would be absolutely no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health,” said Senator Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) during... Continue Reading
Missions Without Discipleship Is Tourism
Making disciples must remain at the center of our efforts in obedience to God’s Great Commission.
Short-term teams, mercy ministries and missions supporters must help to refocus our missions efforts so the lost are directed into the disciple making process. These other aspects of missions are valuable in demonstrating God’s grace and mercy to the lost. Frequently, the lost can be directed to Christ through short-term or mercy ministry work. But,... Continue Reading
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