Self Denial and Evangelical Parenting

Are we living routine patterns of self-indulgence to which evangelical Americans have become accustomed?

Why would our kids listen to us telling them to pursue purity and godly restraint when we are giving in to shopping addictions, gluttony, love of money, love of pleasure, and other self-indulgent behaviors? We live with an entitlement attitude, bending Scripture’s commands to holiness when they are too uncomfortable or costly. Why are we surprised when our kids sleep around?

When Breast Cancer Leaves You Grasping for Words

As a religion professor, I can talk about the big questions of life. Until now.

How, then, do you have cancer? And how do you talk about it?

Dangerous Meditations

What harm is there in achieving a higher state of consciousness through meditation?

No amount of chanting, breathing, visualizing, or physical contortions will melt away the sin that separates us from the Lord of the cosmos—however "peaceful" these practices may feel. Moreover, Paul warns that "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14). "Pleasant" experiences may be portals to peril. Even yoga teachers warn that yoga may open one up to spiritual and physical maladies.

Only traditionalist Archbishop of Canterbury can save Anglican church

Unless someone committed to traditional values is chosen as the new Archbishop of Canterbury

“At a time when the Christian faith faces challenges from other religions as well as secular worldviews, the new Archbishop of Canterbury must be committed to uphold the orthodoxy of the Christian ‘faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints’” --from a letter by 17 bishops.

Experts: Politicians can’t legally block Chick-fil-A

"They would be violating the civil rights of Chick-fil-A"

The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe editorial boards -- normally not sources of traditional beliefs -- have defended Chick-fil-A's right to open restaurants. "Which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand?" a Globe editorial read July 25. "A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license."

Dr. Harold Lamont Richardson, pastor in both the ARP and PCA, died on July 21

Received two degrees at Reformed Theological Seminary: MDiv in 1974, DMin in 1986

Rev. Dr. Harold L. Richardson passed away on July 21, 2012, at his home after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Visitation was held on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Winona, MS followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. The current pastor, PCA Teaching Elder Grover Gunn officiated at the service, which included eulogies by Jerry Ellis and Kay Weaver.

Jonathan Merritt Shares his Story

LGBT blogosphere has exploded in attempt to 'out him'

It's from my brokenness, that I feel I can now be transparent, honest, and authentic about these accusations. Those close to me know I have actually been planning to share the story of my brokenness for some time. Because it is part of my spiritual journey. And because it underscores the power of the Gospel to transform lives.

PCA Teaching Elder Marvin Padgett ‘retires’ from Publishing

Worked 15 years in acquisitions for Crossway and P&R Publishers

Close friends have learned not to use the words 'War Eagle' within hearing range of Marvin as he Roll Tides about as strongly as any non-Alabama born University of Alabama alum is allowed to.

Former Saint’s Remorse: Jason Stellman’s conversion

Leaving the Reformed Faith for Roman Catholicism on Scripture and Soteriology

What is striking about Rome’s teaching in Stellman’s account is its consequence for how we think about sainthood. According to Protestantism, I…am a saint already here and now by virtue of faith in Christ and the imputed righteousness and holiness that come by through saving faith. This is why most Reformed creeds and catechisms teach about the communion of the saints.

10 Books (and One Letter) Every New Calvinist Needs to Read

Most Christians are ill-prepared to state, much less defend, the biblical doctrine of Justification

When I first discovered Reformed theology, I was a student at Dallas Theological Seminary. I didn’t know what I should read first as I attempted to learn more. I was on my own.

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