The Problem with the Islamic View of Paul (Qureshi)
Many critics of the NT – including Muslim scholars – say that Paul was the founder of Christianity, that Paul was deceptive, that Paul hijacked the church
“The common Muslim view of Paul has significant problems even when considered from an Islamic perspective. First, what happened to the disciples? How were they so easily overcome by Paul that either they were convinced by his trickery and followed him, or their voices were completely drowned out and there is no record of their... Continue Reading
Am I a Controlling Person?
Considering the myth that perfect control can be achieved and can guarantee a safe and successful life.
The price of this attempt to control is an inability to show or share feelings, reluctance to trust anyone, loneliness, the stress of being perfect in everything, the fear of embarrassment, an over-sensitive conscience, a phobia about trying anything new, and an inability to relax and enjoy the moment. In pages 10-12 of Too Perfect,... Continue Reading
Imago Dei—Male and Female
A review of A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World by Katelyn Beaty
In western culture the onset of the industrial revolution in the early 18th century radically changed the role of women. When paid work moved increasingly outside the family and into the factories and office buildings, women were left in the home to care for children and other family members, and when they did enter the... Continue Reading
The Blessing of Humility (Book Review)
A book on humility would make a fitting final work for a man who exemplified that virtue
Bridges insists “A life of humility is not an option for a believer to choose or reject. It is a command of God.” To teach the beauty and value of humility as well as to start on down the path toward humility he turns to the Beatitudes saying, “these expressions of Christian character are a description of... Continue Reading
The Most Important Book I’ve Read This Year
Tthe most important book I've read so far has been written by a secular Jewish social psychologist named Jonathan Haidt
“Countless reviews have appeared online, most of them glowingly positive, so I don’t want to rehash any of that here. But because I think his book is so helpful, I do want to draw attention to the three main points Haidt makes about the way we make moral decisions, and the three controlling metaphors he... Continue Reading
NT Commentaries Withdrawn Over Plagiarism Allegations
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing received allegations against one of its NT commentaries
The author, Peter T. O’Brien, was presented with the findings and provided the following response: “In the New Testament commentaries that I have written, although I have never deliberately misused the work of others, nevertheless I now see that my work processes at times have been faulty and have generated clear-cut, but unintentional, plagiarism. For... Continue Reading
Three Causes of Controlling Behavior
Regardless of whether the causes are psychological, biological, or spiritual, the engine room of a an obsessive is a constant effort to control everything in the world around them (and inside them)
These are helpful observations for understanding how such traits can develop, and should increase our compassion and understanding for such sufferers. However, as Christians with Calvin’s spectacles, we have to go further in three ways. First, we have to say that even if the causes have parental or genetic components, we must believe that the... Continue Reading
The Relative Value of Temporal Things (Wilberforce)
Wilberforce compared and contrasted true Christianity and nominal Christianity
“This disposition alone must constitute a vast difference between the habitual temper of the real Christian and that of the mass of nominal Christians. The concerns of the present world dominate them almost entirely. They know indeed that they are mortal, but they do not feel it. For the truth finds its way only into... Continue Reading
White Christian America Is Dying
The American religious landscape is being remade, most notably by the decline of the white Protestant majority and the rise of the religiously unaffiliated.
I begin the book with an obituary for White Christian America, and I conclude the book with a eulogy. This construction is consistent with the book’s stark title. My argument in the book is that we have already experienced the passing of White Christian America. While this claim is grounded in demographic changes, it is... Continue Reading
Will the Real John Calvin Please Stand Up?
There have been wildly differing assessments of John Calvin, some very wide off the mark.
In his latest book, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography, Bruce Gordon—professor of ecclesiasitical history at Yale University—traces the fate of Calvin in general and his Institutes in particular all the way to the present day. As author of the standard biography on Calvin, Gordon is well equipped to do this. ... Continue Reading