A Kinder, Gentler Calvinism?

Dr. Stewart does not believe Calvin’s developed view of predestination should be accepted as the standard view of the doctrine. He regards the developed view as less pastoral and more analytical than Calvin’s earlier treatment of the doctrine. To put it simply, Dr. Stewart wants Calvinists to hold to single predestination, not the objectionable double... Continue Reading

Doug Giles’ ‘Righteous and Rowdy’ Delivers

Warning: for those with a literary palate for mild evangelical fare, this book is Habanero hot. It’s a PG-13 kick in the pants for fathers trying to bring up righteous and rowdy girls in a XXX world. Book Review: ‘Raising Righteous and Rowdy Girls’ by Doug Giles, White Feather Press (March 29, 2011) Dads, when... Continue Reading

Book Review: Perspectives on the Sabbath

MacCarty and Pipa have much in common. MacCarty argues that the seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday) remains binding on the new covenant believer. Pipa holds a similar view, the primary difference of course being that he holds that the Sabbath has been moved to Sunday, the first day of the week Book Review: Christopher John Donato, ed.,... Continue Reading

Book Review: Christians Get Depressed Too

David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has written the most helpful, concise, and pastoral Christian treatment of this subject that I have encountered. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1 out of every 10 adult Americans currently suffers from... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Secret of Contentment by William B. Barcley

After 24 years in pastoral ministry I’ve realized there are some constant issues with God’s people: I’m going to have a certain percentage of people who seem to struggle with the assurance of salvation over and over again (I’ve seen some people agonize for decades). I’ve recognized that a (growing) number of marriages are chronically... Continue Reading

Reforming The Reformed – A review of ‘Ten Myths About Calvinism’ by Ken Stewart of Covenant College

Stewart chides major personalities of the current Calvinist upsurge for thinking as though it “appeared Melchizedek-like, ‘without genealogy.’?” He names two heroes of the mostly 20-something crowd of new Calvinists, John Piper and Mark Driscoll, as culprits of this de-historicized vision of contemporary Calvinism. Type “Calvinism” into any web browser and you’re likely to find... Continue Reading

An Evangelical Professor/Author claims: “Heterosexuality is an Abomination.”

The Thesis: According to Messiah College professor, Jenell Williams Paris, “Heterosexuality…is an abomination” (43). This statement is doubtless meant for maximum effect, since the Bible declares male on male sex as “an abomination” (Lev 20:13). One is led to ask how an evangelical Christian scholar, published by a Christian publishing house (IVP) justifies such a... Continue Reading

“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” SimChurch provides an introduction to the virtual church.

Review of SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World, by Douglas Estes, Zondervan, 2009, 256 pages (paperback), $16.99 In his book SimChurch: Being the Church in the Virtual World, Douglas Estes gets defensive about an accusation that no one seems to be leveling. I, for one, was only peripherally aware of the “virtual world”... Continue Reading

A boy’s view of ‘Heaven’ – Is it real? 3.4 Million books in print is certainly true!

Jane Love, buyer of books in the religion category for Barnes & Noble, calls the mega best seller a “crossover,” meaning the book isn’t being bought by just evangelical Christians. Colton Burpo is having a late lunch at a T.G.I. Friday‘s in Manhattan. He orders a Mountain Dew, then shares some baby back ribs with... Continue Reading

Challenging Christian Criticism – A Review of ‘Vampire Defanged’

Book Review: Vampire Defanged, The: How the Embodiment of Evil Became a Romantic Hero, Susannah Clements, April 1, 2011, Brazos Press Clements’ analysis requires an active reader who doesn’t mind thinking. This comes out further in that her conclusions are inevitably controversial….But for active, curious readers, Clements may be the most lucid, readable critic to... Continue Reading


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