Idolatry and Ingratitude (Luther)

Unthankfulness and idolatry are related, and Luther very well explains Paul’s teaching on that fact.

“Ingratitude, namely, and the love of vanity (i.e., the sense of self-importance and of self-righteousness or, as one says, of “good intentions”) delude people terribly, so that they become incorrigible, unable to believe anything else but that they behave splendidly and are pleasing to God. Thus, they make themselves a gracious God, though this does not correspond to reality. And... Continue Reading

Book Review: When Heaven Invades Earth, by Bill Johnson

Johnson speaks of God impersonally, which is the first reason why I believe his teaching is heterodox

“Johnson rejects the sufficiency of Scripture, insists on new revelations, and chastises pastors and teachers who insist on sound doctrine (85, 91, 103). Most evidently, he speaks of the Spirit as something like a drug to experience and Jesus as a powerful model to imitate, not an incarnate Lord to worship. This is the first... Continue Reading

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance

The final culmination of the city of man is in eternal punishment, but the final state of the City of God is consummated Glory.

This work will defend the City of God against those who prefer their own gods as the founders of their city. The city of this world is controlled by a lust for domination. During the sacking of Rome, even the enemies of God were sheltered and safe in Christian holy places, yet now those who... Continue Reading

Vindicating the Vixens

A fresh look at some women in Scripture who have been given an unfair bad reputation.

As Bauckham points out, the women’s voice in Scripture corrects any promotion of androcentrism. The canon itself corrects this kind of promotion (see Gospel Women, 15). And as Carolyn Custis James points out, “stories such as Tamar’s, Rahab’s, and that of the sinful woman who wept and poured perfume on Jesus’s feet give the church opportunities... Continue Reading

Cultural Marxism is at the Heart of Our Moral Disintegration

The ideas of Cultural Marxism, Critical Theory and the Institute for Social Research are coursing through all of society and your own veins, whether you know it or not.

The Cultural Marxists of the Frankfurt School believed economic Marxism would fail because of the resistance of the working classes. They believed Marxism could only ever be achieved by undermining the institutions, all of them. They began what they called the long march through the institutions. Who would have thought even a few years ago... Continue Reading

Grace: More Than Unmerited Favor!

God shows grace and mercy in sending Christ to save us – to both obey the law and suffer the curse in our place.

“Theologically it is of the greatest importance to recognize that the idea of demerit is an essential element in the definition of grace.  In its proper theological sense as the opposite of law-works, grace is more than unmerited favor.  That is, divine grace directs itself not merely to the absence of merit but to the... Continue Reading

N. T. Wright’s The Day the Revolution Began: A Few Reflections

The problems with this book so outweigh the good things that the net effect of reading it is spiritually dangerous

Wright is vague on how the crucifixion works because he thinks the New Testament is. At times he tries to explain that in Jesus’s death the powers of evil are conquered and we idolators (not sinners so much as idolators) are freed through that great act of self-giving love. But even in these places where... Continue Reading

IVP Academic Set to Release Book on the Second Century

Michael Kruger’s introductory survey examines how Christianity took root in the second century

“If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the church after the apostles, how the church began to expand and grow, and why it developed its particular beliefs, then Michael Kruger has written the book for you.”   Last year (2017) my book on second-century Christianity was released with SPCK in the UK:  Christianity at the... Continue Reading

Love Thy Body

This is a powerful book that brings Pearcey’s unique and uniquely-helpful voice to crucial issues

In Love Thy Body she shows how this very divide is at the heart of so many of today’s moral issues. The world around us neglects the core unity of human beings and instead divides us into two-tiered beings. “Christianity holds that body and soul together form an integrated unity—that the human being is an... Continue Reading

Village Atheists and Their Fight for Religious Liberty

In our secular age perhaps Christians and atheists will share a plot of peculiar common ground.

If you care about religious liberty, this is a story you should familiarize yourself with. Village Atheists is really a religious liberty narrative told from the perspective of grassroots atheists. It’s a survey of “that charged terrain that atheists and unbelievers have long occupied between tolerance and intolerance, civility and incivility, equal and unequal citizenship in American... Continue Reading