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
Do Churches Practice Age Discrimination in Hiring Pastors and Staff?
Age is important. But it should not be everything.
I am seeing many churches experiencing difficulty finding pastors and other staff that meet their criteria. The solution could be in looking at candidates who just might be younger or older than they originally anticipated. Don’t be surprised if you find some outstanding candidates either younger or older than you expected. It’s a simple... Continue Reading
5 Warning Signs of a Spiritual Narcissist
A Spiritual Narcissist is someone who uses the Gospel to build themselves up while they tear others down.
Perhaps the easiest way to identify a Spiritual Narcissist is to see if their works match their words. Many will claim they have nothing but love and compassion in their hearts for those they rebuke, but their actions prove otherwise. Matthew 7 teaches us that we can judge a prophet by the fruit of his... Continue Reading
Ashley Madison, Sin, and Judgment
Secret profiles are secret no more–so much for the promise of invisibility and anonymity.
But before we let this be an occasion for us to point a self-righteous finger, or derive some twisted sense of satisfaction, or luxuriate in the knowledge of these revelations, perhaps we should use it to reflect on the sobering reality of final judgment. Sometimes I hear people blithely say, “God is my judge.” I’ve... Continue Reading
Christian Unity without Doctrinal Indifferentism
For all his polemical instincts, there was a deeply ecumenical side to Witherspoon, but it was an ecumenicity with a definite center and with defined boundaries.
This ecumenical streak in Witherspoon was not borne out of doctrinal indifferentism. His desire for unity, for example, did not encompass Socinians, Pelagians, Catholics or any other group holding religious views he deemed antithetical to true biblical Christianity. Witherspoon had no patience for the latitudinarian kind of unity he found among his colleagues in the... Continue Reading
One Year Later
One year ago was the public announcement of my disqualification from pastoral ministry.
I still have many regrets. Many. Regrets over the things I have done and the people I have hurt. These regrets are not only over those things directly related to my ministry-disqualifying sin, but over a whole host of other things – things that my exposure in this area brought to light in other areas. At... Continue Reading
12 Reasons We Don’t Change
We believe that we are above needing structure
“We chronically underestimate the time it takes to get anything done AND we believe that time is open-ended and sufficiently spacious for us to get to all our self-improvement goals eventually.” Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts–Becoming the Person You Want to Be, by Marshall Goldsmith, is a secular book about the environmental and psychological triggers that... Continue Reading
5 Myths and Truths in Loneliness
I'm amazed at how significant human loneliness is to the triune God
Aloneness isn’t just important to our triune God; it’s central to his design for our dealings with each other and with him. Nor is loneliness simply a result of personal choices or the world’s groaning under sin. Before the fall in Genesis 3, God proclaims, “It is not good for man to be alone” even as he evaluates his sin-free world. Having been... Continue Reading
Presbytery Finally Pays Church The Sanctions Imposed On It By Civil Court
It took two years, but the Presbytery of South Louisiana has finally paid $390,000 in sanctions
“The church had been in the process of selling its property to its contiguous neighbor, The Stuart Hall School for Boys, when the presbytery tried to block the sale by asserting that the denomination – not the church – owned the property. The court ruled in favor of the local church, as did the Louisiana... Continue Reading
4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty
These were questions to which Paul in particular gave a great deal of thought
“You do not need to exercise your liberty in order to enjoy it. Indeed, Paul elsewhere asks some very penetrating questions of those who insist on exercising their liberty whatever the circumstances: Does this really build up others? Is this really liberating you — or has it actually begun to enslave you?” It was... Continue Reading
Teaching Our Children the Raw Parts of Scripture
You don't have to move out of Genesis to come across the "raw parts of Scripture."
“In fact, the central message of the Bible is the most raw–namely, the murder of the Son of God, who was torturously beaten, scourged and nailed to a tree by men in order to bleed to death for the raw sins of His people. Surely, we are to teach our children that raw truth from... Continue Reading
7 Signs You Were Raised as an Evangelical in the Last 25 Years
The last 25 years have been monumental for the evangelical subculture
“There’s a lot to love about evangelicals — especially when you think about the many ways evangelicals demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit to the oftentimes thankless world around them. But sometimes, one of the most humble things we can do is have a laugh at ourselves.” The last 25 years have been monumental... Continue Reading
Wilberforce Didn’t Quit. Neither Will We
Forty-six years. That’s how long he labored to end slavery in the British Empire
“The whole deal with a Wilberforce moment, as my friend Josh called it, is it’s not a one-and-done event. One can only imagine how many sleepless nights Wilberforce endured during those 46 years; how each defeat led to new renewed vigor because the cause was just. Wilberforce didn’t quit, and neither will we.” Forty-six years. That’s... Continue Reading
Life is Short. Don’t Have an Affair.
The Madison tag line does what all good temptations do — tell you a partial truth
“On Tuesday, a list of adulterers was laid bare for all to see. We know no one expected this to happen. That’s why they used a site that promised anonymity for their adultery. They assumed, like we all do, that lies can be hidden. We all do this don’t we? We think no one will... Continue Reading
Tullian Tchividjian Files for Divorce
Tullian Tchividjian filed for divorce on Thursday in Broward County, Florida.
There was little public information available about the divorce filing. Under Florida law, one party must establish that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” in order for the union to be dissolved. Tullian and his wife, Kim, married in 1994 and have three children. Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham’s grandson, filed for divorce on Thursday in Broward... Continue Reading
The Whole Truth
To the Christian Woman Who Just Discovered Her Husband’s Affair
Your husband did not make this choice because you weren’t pretty enough, available enough, submissive enough, talkative enough, quiet enough, sporty enough, or smart enough. He did not make this choice because you’ve spent the last five years pregnant or breastfeeding. He did not make this choice because you’ve been in the throes of hot... Continue Reading
The Problem of Evangelicalism’s Unstated Confessions
Evangelicals often have at best very minimal doctrinal statements and a range of other, often confessionally unstated, cultural concerns which guide policy.
If evangelicalism is to have long term theological stability, it needs to learn from churches with properly elaborate confessions and catechisms. That will involve a major culture shift which might well cost its current leadership significant power and indeed money. A movement built on broad-based networks of churches and parachurch organizations will inevitably fragment when... Continue Reading
Saving the Prize Organ—An Aborted Baby’s Brain
New undercover video features abortion industry insiders talking about how babies born alive make the best research ‘specimens’
Planned Parenthood’s game plan evidently involves maneuvers to procure an intact aborted baby in order to obtain the baby’s brain. But the brain is the most difficult organ to collect in a condition that preserves its value for later experimentation. “They want both hemispheres intact with the brain stem, which usually doesn’t happen,” says Holly... Continue Reading
Teaching Our Children the Raw Parts of Scripture
As a pastor, I sometimes have parents express concern about that to which their young children are being exposed in church.
In fact, the central message of the Bible is the most raw–namely, the murder of the Son of God, who was torturously beaten, scourged and nailed to a tree by men in order to bleed to death for the raw sins of His people. Surely, we are to teach our children that raw truth from... Continue Reading