Sex, Dating, and Relationships

A review of a book that discusses the whole problem with contemporary dating and attempts to offer a solution.

Sex is about the gospel, just like every other thing in life. That’s why these two authors can say, “[God] desires your sexual satisfaction more than you ever will, for through the proper expression of your sexuality, both you and the world will have a window through which to see the window of the gospel”... Continue Reading

Sanctification in the Westminster Confession of Faith

An excerpt from Chad Van Dixhoorn's Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Our struggle [against sin] emerges as all the more necessary because the remaining corruption in Christians may sometimes even get the upper hand – it ‘may much prevail’, at least ‘for a time’, as the pastors of the Westminster assembly remind us in the final paragraph of this chapter on sanctification. Our Lord claims us... Continue Reading

A Christian Reading List for Atheists

In the spirit of enlightenment, I offer the following admittedly eccentric and selective bibliography for the study of atheists (and under-educated Christians)

“Many other books could be added, and no doubt better selections are available. I deliberately avoided systematic theologies (except in the case of Aquinas) and tried to stick to more readily accessible material (except for Edwards, which is a tough read). I have also tried to reflect the broadness of the Christian intellectual tradition (though... Continue Reading

My Thoughts on “Boyhood”

I went in expecting to do cultural analysis. But instead I just prayed and groaned, and realized how dependent I am on my Father to be a father.

More than that, I wept as I saw short-sighted, impatient adults who just couldn’t have mercy on this hurting, awkward kid. I wept as I considered all the time when, in the whirl and bustle of our lives, I am diligent to maintain discipline and order (as is absent in this family often), but I... Continue Reading

Review: No Dissenting Views Allowed: The Giver and the Hero’s Journey

The Giver as a book is a parable of existentialism. Humanity is defined not by culture, rules, or religion, but by the raw passion of human emotion.

You have to track with me that hero’s journey (monomyth) movies perpetuate a certain philosophy, a certain religion, if you will.  They are not existentialist—they are neo-Platonic or gnostic.  There are similarities with existentialism—a distrust of reason, society, and rationality, to name a few.  Existentialism stands firm, however, in the conviction that there is no... Continue Reading

Merit and Moses (Part 4)

Concluding assessments and comments on “Merit and Moses”

I’ve increasingly come into contact with people who are using the RP to argue against any place of the law in the Christian life. They hear RP teachers saying that Israel obeyed the law to merit the land, but the NT believer is no longer under that arrangement. Thus they conclude, we don’t need to... Continue Reading

Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ Makes One Serious Summertime Movie

This is the accomplishment of “The Giver”: It ennobles our terrors

“The Giver” will provoke political commentary. Few movies make a stronger case for the value of diversity. No movie, in my memory, involves a more explicit depiction of infanticide, conducted at the Nurturing Center by Jonas’s father with a horrifying cheerfulness. “They hadn’t eliminated murder,” Jonas realizes, “they had brought it home. They had just... Continue Reading

Merit and Moses (Part 3)

Was the covenant of works republished in the Mosaic covenant? ‘The Law is Not of Faith’ says Yes. ‘Moses and Merit’ says No.

The WCF says that under the covenant of works, man’s works are accepted and rewarded on the basis of perfect and personal obedience. However, in the covenant of grace, man’s sincere yet imperfect obedience is accepted and rewarded on a principle of grace – on the basis of the imputed righteousness of another (WCF 16.6)…The Republication... Continue Reading

Eight Traits of Good Teaching

A brief review of John Piper’s ‘The Marks of a Spiritual Leader’

John Piper points to an “inner circle” and an “outer circle” of traits. The inner circle is “the absolute bare essentials,” or what must happen in the leader’s own soul if he is going to take even the first step in leading others spiritually… The outer circle, then, is comprised of “qualities that characterize both... Continue Reading

Merit and Moses (Part 1)

Was the covenant of works republished in the Mosaic covenant? ‘The Law is Not of Faith’ says Yes. ‘Moses and Merit’ says No.

What’s foundational to the covenants? Law or grace? John Murray’s answer: The succession of covenants in the Bible was a sovereign administration of grace and promise (this includes the Mosaic covenant). Meredith Kline’s answer: Law rather than grace was foundational (including a works principle in the Mosaic covenant).   I want to outline and assess... Continue Reading