Far From Rome – Near to God

“[I] would say the rosary even more than was required. I was truly religious, but far from God.”

“Day after day I participated more and more vigorously with a penitent heart in morning meditation, the Mass, Friday adoration hour, and prayer before the Monstrance.  What else could I do since I was taught that cleansing myself was my responsibility?  I tried harder and harder.”   “[I] would say the rosary even more than... Continue Reading

4 Reasons Why Every Christian Ought to Know the Traditional Creeds

In his book “What Christians Ought to Believe,” Bird follows up his magnum opus on evangelical theology with a guide to the bedrock of Christian doctrine: the Apostles’ Creed.

Bird argues the creeds offer us the best interpretive lens for reading Scripture: “This is because the creeds should be regarded as a biblically generated tradition that meets with the consensus of the universal church about what the main teachings of the Christian faith are…The creeds provide a kind of “Idiot’s Guide to Christianity” by... Continue Reading

The Dark Pessimism of American Christians

Eberstadt argues that the way to end the moral panic about Christians and their institutions is for the two camps in the culture wars to acknowledge their differences and then agree to disagree.

“What’s unfolding today is not a drama in which secularist progressivism is slowly but surely eclipsing antiquated religious faith at last, but a contest of competing creeds, and competing first principles. Only when we acknowledge that truth can we see that there is only one way out of this cantankerous, riven place.”   In her... Continue Reading

A Serious Challenge to the New Perspective on Paul

NPP advocates are facing a new and robust challenge from Lee Irons’ recent volume, The Righteousness of God: A Lexical Examination of the Covenant-Faithfulness Interpretation

One of the major flash points in this debate is the term “righteousness of God.” Paul uses this phrase in a number of places, but it takes center stage particularly in Romans. Indeed, one might suggest that the “righteousness of God” is the theme of the entire book: “For in it [the gospel] the righteousness... Continue Reading

Distraction, Busyness, Diversion (Pascal)

Surely Pascal is right. Busyness and distraction divert us from thinking deeply.

Since God has “put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecc. 3.11), people know there is such a thing as true joy and rest.  But since humans are sinful and fallen (Rom. 3), we sinfully think we can find joy and rest in the diversions and distractions of this passing away world.   In several different places of his... Continue Reading

Book Review: Shifting Patterns of Reformed Tradition

Reformed authors interacted with one another as they sought theological unity and consensus

“Campi is an internationally respected scholar who is published in English, French, Italian, and German. This volume makes his valuable research accessible to English students of historical theology.”   Emidio Campi’s, Shifting Patterns of Reformed Tradition, Reformed Historical Theology vol. 27 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014) is an outstanding collection of essays that illustrates unity... Continue Reading

Drunks and Pigs (Luther)

Sadly, some Calvinists think it’s cool to cuss and drink.

To be sure, cussing is neither calvinistic nor is it Christian. A person who really understands Calvinism will seek to keep his tongue from evil (1 Pet. 3:10). And though drinking alcohol is not a sin, 1) it isn’t something to brag about because it has to do with Christian liberty, and 2) drinking too... Continue Reading

Who Was Jesus? On Historical Inquiry

If a person is doing research on a historical person or event he needs to assemble the sources in a right, proper, and honest way.

The next time you read or hear a critic attacking the NT portrait of Christ by quoting other sources (like the ‘Gospel of Thomas’ or Q), remember that they have a certain bias and are not using the sources in a right, proper, or honest way.  Don’t let the critics shake your confidence in Christ... Continue Reading

The Grand Design: A Review

It’s time to pay attention to what’s being taught in the name of complementarianism.

I believe that the view of complementarianism taught by Strachan and Peacock in The Grand Design is a dangerous distortion of Biblical truth. They start with a faulty and unorthodox understanding of the Trinity. They build on that foundation a narrow and unhelpfully limited view of the nature of men and women. They elevate their understanding of gender... Continue Reading

Book Review: Trouble I’ve Seen

Hart’s idea of isolating and dismantling overt racialism apart from a plan that includes nonwhite minorities as co-laborers in the multi-ethnic family of Christ is inadequate and destined to fail.

Throughout the book, Hart demonstrates in himself the inherent difficulty of negotiating the condemnation of white Christians for preserving a racialized culture while at the same time desiring to be acknowledged and addressed, racially. To be clear, if it’s wrong for white Christians to engage in racial preservation for divisiveness, it’s also wrong for non-whites... Continue Reading