‘Heaven Is For Real’ — NOT!
To accept this story without comparing it to Scripture is foolishness and is an open door for all kinds of fanciful doctrines that the world may conjure up for the masses.
The point being, if you want to know what heaven is like, and know it for real, read the Bible. What the Bible tells us about heaven is authoritative. It is not speculation or imagination. It is what Jesus told us it would be. I was driving home today listening to Sean Hannity and his... Continue Reading
It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship
So much of what is presented as modern biblical and theological scholarship is an effort to destroy the very idea of orthodox Christianity
As a matter of fact, the pattern of marginalizing false renderings of Jesus is found even in the New Testament, where the apostles are continuously defending one understanding of Christ and rejecting all others. The apostles unapologetically rejected false teachings about Christ and argued for what the Apostle Paul called the “pattern of sound words.” ... Continue Reading
Slaughtering Conventional History’s Sacred Cows
An excerpt from Rodney Stark’s How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
Belief in the Dark Ages remains so persistent that it seems appropriate to begin by quickly revealing that this is a myth made up by eighteenth-century intellectuals determined to slander Christianity and to celebrate their own sagacity. Historian Rodney Stark writes books that are models of popularly accessible scholarly writing. After reporting for the Oakland... Continue Reading
10 Facts About Biblical Diversity
Lessons from Trillia Newbell’s book, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity
I’ve just finished re-reading Trillia Newbell’s book, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity (only $2.99 on Kindle today!). It’s an excellent introduction to the duty and delight of building more diversity into our lives and churches. I want to recommend it to you by highlighting ten major lessons I carried away from the book. 1. Biblical diversity... Continue Reading
Hobby Lobby, George Marsden, and the Challenges of Religious Diversity in America
Review of George Marsden, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment
“Marsden examines the increasingly prickly issues of religious tolerance and diversity in America, and he argues that both the mainstream liberalism of the 1950s and the more recent Religious Right have gotten it wrong, with serious negative consequences for the nation. The focus here, however, is primarily on that earlier liberal consensus.” Review of... Continue Reading
Old Testament Books and Ancient Near East Texts
Are Ancient Near East texts always relevant to the study of the Old Testament?
It is common now in Old Testament studies for scholars to think that they are studying the Old Testament when they are in fact studying Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) parallels. I was reading a book on an OT book this morning (which will remain anonymous) that had some really excellent essays on the theology of... Continue Reading
Review: ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’
Review: ‘Is God Anti-Gay?’
There is a difference between a gay lifestyle and same-sex attraction. “Gay Christian” is probably not the best term to use. For Allberry, it is an identity issue: he does not identify himself as a gay person; he identifies himself “in Christ;” he is a Christian who has to fight the sin of same-sex attraction... Continue Reading
When Parenting Gets Lost in the Details
In a wave of books for modern moms, Gloria Furman’s gospel meditations offer a simple goal.
Furman’s point is simple. Frazzled mothers don’t need more time, or better strategies, or even renewed resolve. They need more of the gospel—the good news that God sent his Son to die for sinners so that their sin might be forgiven, their guilt atoned for, and their souls reconciled to God.Treasuring Christ intentionally does not read... Continue Reading
What’s Your Worldview
A review of What’s Your Worldview: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James Anderson
In summary, this is a good book for the right audience: those who want a brief introduction to various worldviews and those who are open to thinking through the worldview issue(s). It doesn’t go beyond the basics, so a person will have to do further reading on these areas if he or she wants more... Continue Reading
Deconstructing Noah’s Arc: Godawful Storytelling
The Noah movie is ugly. It’s anti-human exceptionalism. It’s enviro-agitprop. And it’s poorly done.
Christians, you are tools being played if you think that this movie is anything BUT a subversion of the Biblical God and an exaltation of environmentalism and animal rights against humans. Don’t listen to those who say that hurting the earth is just part of the sins of mankind in the story. No matter what... Continue Reading