Why an Award-Winning Writer Turned Her Attention to Evangelicals

FitzGerald has read most of the scholarship on evangelicals and synthesized it into a masterful narrative

“She begins the story, appropriately, with the 18th-century revivals of the First Great Awakening, the birthplace of American evangelicalism. She demonstrates that from the beginning the movement was primarily religious and theological, with political overtones, and quite diverse.”   I first encountered Frances FitzGerald in the 1970s when I read her Pulitzer Prize-winning book on the Vietnam... Continue Reading

Not Every Square Inch But 25% of the Columns

One place neo-Calvinists seem to have forgotten is Kuyper’s Netherlands

“For centuries, the Dutch knew just who they were: mostly blond- or red-haired, blue-eyed, white, straight-talking, Calvinist capitalists who believed in God, family, hard work, and doing the right thing. Looking around, a Dutchman saw himself in his neighbors, and that was reassuring.”   Here is a good overview of what taking every square inch... Continue Reading

Bible Conferences: Puritans and their Conferences

The church has historically sought to bring about encouragement and strength through informal times of gathering with the wider church catholic

One local pastor described these conferences as “very necessary for the increase of knowledge to all ministers.” The archdeacon of Essex, John Walker, said that there was in these events “an increase in learning, and edifying of the people to have grown thereby.”   “Post-Christian” is just one of the many titles being used these... Continue Reading

10 Things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know

What if the church were the first place an abuse victim knew to go to for help and healing?

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a good time to honor the many brave souls who shared their experiences with me. These are brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered. By attending to their stories, listening to them and believing them, we honor them. As a professor, I like to use Facebook as an... Continue Reading

Alabama Senate Votes To Allow Briarwood PCA To Form Its Own Police Dept

For the third consecutive year, the Alabama Legislature is considering a bill that would let the Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham create its own police department.

This isn’t the first time Briarwood’s effort to form a police force has been endorsed by both houses of Alabama’s Legislature. As The Associated Press reports, a similar bill that was approved last year eventually failed after then-Gov. Robert Bentley didn’t sign it into law. A large church in Alabama is one step closer to... Continue Reading

Attack In Egypt Is The Latest Strike In The War On Christians In The Middle East

80 per cent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians.

According to the International Society for Human Rights, a secular observatory based in Frankfurt, Germany, 80 per cent of all acts of religious discrimination in the world today are directed at Christians. Statistically speaking, that makes Christians by far the most persecuted religious body on the planet.   At least 36 people have died in... Continue Reading

Some Montreat College Employees Question Signing ‘Life Covenant’

Montreat’s new “community life covenant,” defines expectations for Christian living that includes affirming “the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman.”

The covenant refers to the Bible as “the infallible Word of God and fully authoritative in matters of life and conduct …” and spells out behavior to avoid, such as sexual immorality and “sinful attitudes and behaviors.” It also affirms the “worth of every human being from conception to death.”   MONTREAT, N.C. – Some employees at Montreat... Continue Reading

One in Four British Christians Say Resurrection of Jesus Didn’t Occur: Survey

One in four people who identify themselves as "Christians" in England say that they believe that the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ did not happen.

Those polled were also asked whether or not they believed in some kind of life after death. Forty-six percent of said they did while another 46 percent said they did not. Options of life after death in the survey included reincarnation, Heaven, and Hell, and others like “we go to a parallel universe/the astral plane... Continue Reading

Remembering the Rural: Do Modern Church Plants Focus too Much on the City?

One of the notable features of this new church planting movement is the near exclusive focus on planting churches in cities.

Yes, Christians evangelized cities in early Christianity, but not only cities.  In fact, there is quite a bit of (overlooked) historical evidence that the earliest Christians had a robust mission to the countryside. Indeed, Robinson argues that, numerically speaking, most early Christians might have actually been rural and not urban.   One of the wonderful... Continue Reading

5 Lessons from Fallen Pastors

As pastors are removed from ministry, the implications on churches and families are far-reaching.

Leaders who ignore rebukes and corrections must not be ignored. A common thread in the stories of fallen ministry leaders is that when people called them on their drifting, they ignored the rebukes and corrections. When a leader ignores correction, others must not ignore their shunning of correction. God is merciful to us to provide... Continue Reading