A Review of Kenda Creasy Dean’s ‘Almost Christian’ – Putting the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR) into Laymen’s Terms

The cancer underneath, according to the NSYR, is not that our kids have become detached from the faith of their parents and elders, but rather they are swallowing it whole. Dean goes a long way to clarify this assertion. Kenda Creasy Dean’s ‘Almost Christian’ is a response to a longitudinal study by Christian Smith and... Continue Reading

2010-2011 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff released

Every church and its employees want to feel confident that their compensation plan is reasonable and fair. Now you can know for sure by comparing your plan with those of thousands of other church workers nationwide. Based on a national survey of nearly 5,000 churches, the 2010-2011 version of the well known and highly respected... Continue Reading

How To Avoid Christless Christianity

A Review of Justified: Modern Reformation Essays on the Doctrine of Justification, Michael Horton, Editor This past Thursday I got to spend the day with my friend Mike Horton and others at Westminster Seminary in Escondido. Mike Horton asked if I would come and speak in chapel, meet with the faculty, and have a time... Continue Reading

Complete, Detailed Review of Justification by N. T. Wright – 28 page document available for downloading

White Horse Inn has published this blockbuster review on the web for downloading in a PDF formatting. Read the conclusions in this article and then download the entire document for further reading. Conclusion Reared in a pietistic evangelical environment, I recall the revolution in my own faith when the eschatology of the prophets and apostles... Continue Reading

A Review of James Davison Hunter’s To Change The World: The Irony, Tragedy, and possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World

…it contains a plethora of thought that is sorely needed… Sadly, I also think the book falls short in a number of areas. My objective…is to highlight both the strong points and not-so-strong points There is no subject that invokes as much passion in me as that of a Christian’s interaction with culture. I was... Continue Reading

Review: Jonathan’s Franzen’s novel, Freedom

The novel should prompt us to ask whether we’re living as if Christ is our real freedom, or whether we’re putting too much hope in political or relational freedom. Just as the tsunami of attention for Jonathan Franzen’s new novel Freedom began, I was looking for a topic for a Christian Legal Society talk at... Continue Reading

Max Lucado on Compassion: The Best Apologetic

How would you address some critics who suggest your writing is simplistic? I would give them a good John Stott book or a John Piper book. I realize that I’m kind of nightstand reading. Some people write lullabies; I write lullabies. Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, by Max Lucado –... Continue Reading

Review: The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality

Particularly helpful were the chapters on the history of the gay rights movement in America…. Most people sitting in the pew have no understanding how homosexuality has become so normalized in our society Authors Joe Dallas (Desires in Conflict, The Gay Gospel, When Homosexuality Hits Home) and Dr. Nancy Heche (The Truth Comes Out) team... Continue Reading

Book Review: Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission (Part III)

“Contextualization is speaking to people with their terms, not on their terms.” “Contextualization is not giving people what they want but rather it is giving God’s answers to questions they are asking and in forms they can comprehend” Tim Brister completes his review of Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission by Darrin Patrick... Continue Reading

A Review: Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative by Carl Trueman

Sacred cows die hard. And tipping them is not just anyone’s game. When it comes to conservative American evangelicalism, there may be no cherished belief that needs to die more than its explicit allegiance to one political party. An evangelical attachment to the history of America and to patriotism has colored its views on how... Continue Reading


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