Compassion without Compromise

An introduction to a new book, Compassion without Compromise: How the Gospel Frees Us to Love Our Gay Friends Without Losing the Truth

There are dozens of questions like this in the book, each one answered with biblical insights and with good sense. I can’t imagine any Christian not being helped by this book. Adam and Ron are clear about the Bible’s prohibition of homosexual activity. They are informed on the latest scholarship. They are discerning when it... Continue Reading

Support For Those Weak In Faith

The strength of our faith does not save us; the strength of our Savior does!

In one section of his book, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ, Thomas Brooks gives some biblical examples of what it means to be weak in faith: those weak in faith have a fair amount of worldliness in their hearts, they fret and worry excessively about troubles and trials, they often think more of their sin... Continue Reading

Christ our God

Christians have always confessed that Christ is divine – not a being less than or subordinate to God, but God himself.

Christians have always confessed that Christ is divine – not a being less than or subordinate to God, but God himself.  Heretics in the early church fought against this doctrine; modern-day cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses still rail against it.  But the deity of Christ is one of the fundamental truths of biblical religion.  Jaroslav Pelikan... Continue Reading

Mindscape: What To Think About Instead Of Worrying

Mindscape is an easily readable, practical theology on how the reality of who Christ is and what He has done transforms our thoughts and actions

“Godly thinking leads to action, and Witmer outlines practical ways this happens. One is simply that we should express our admiration to others. But there is also a dark side to admiration that he addresses here as well. Witmer warns of the weed of covetousness, and points to the seed of contentment to replace it.... Continue Reading

When Our Prayers Take On A Different Flavor

What do your prayers sound like when you are going through a hard time?

“Sometimes we know exactly why we are in a trial. We knew we were sinning all along, and we were just hoping it wouldn’t catch up with us. It’s just a matter of paying the consequences for our actions. But other times, we may be the victims. There may not be a particular offense that... Continue Reading

Was Jesus Married with Children? Here We Go Again

Responding to claims made in the new book, The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Sacred Text that Reveals Jesus’ Marriage to Mary Magdalene

There is absolutely zero evidence from early Christianity that Jesus was married.  Not a single historical source anywhere tells us such a thing. The closest any source comes to doing so is a fragmented portion of the third-century Gospel of Philip where we are told that Jesus kissed Mary “on the…”, but the text is... Continue Reading

The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage

If Christianity were outlawed and a mob amassed to burn Christian books, The Zimzum of Love would not be at risk.

So what should we make of this book generally and the trajectory of Rob Bell’s ministry specifically? Are we just shortsighted, unable to see how this book is really a super-missional missive written from the frontlines to dislodge comfy Christians entrenched in the church? I don’t think so. There’s no bad news in zimzum, so no... Continue Reading

Not Sentiment, Prejudice, or Tradition: Exploring the Nature of Marriage

Review of a book on marriage that establishes that the case for conjugal marriage is not based on irrational prejudice or sentimental appeal to tradition but on a series of sophisticated arguments

The book’s final chapter (“Marriage and the Law”) concerns questions about what view of marriage should be reflected in our laws. Lee and George argue that because conjugal marriage is uniquely real marriage, it would be unjust for the law to say otherwise. This chapter includes rebuttals to several arguments for the legal recognition of... Continue Reading

Augustine of Hippo

It is almost impossible to overstate Augustine’s influence upon the Christian Church

“We sometimes forget that Augustine was the Bishop of a small port town in North Africa called Hippo Regius and that he was living in a turbulent time in the waning days of the Western Roman Empire.  We forget that he had to deal day in and day out with the pastoral pressures and distractions... Continue Reading

Gospel-Centered Discipleship

A critical review of Jonathan Dodson’s Gospel-Centered Discipleship

There are also some weaknesses in Gospel-Centered Discipleship.  First, there was a ton of repetition in the first two sections which made them sound the same.  Second, there were tons of trendy evangelical phrases in the book that were ambiguous to me.  For example, not to be snarky, but I do not know what the... Continue Reading