Why Did Christ Mention His Atonement So Rarely?

Fulness is more important that frequency. And so full are these references that Christ mentions every possible blessing connected with the atonement.

How many times did Christ mention his atonement? So few times that heretics have often used this to argue against Christ’s death being an atoning sacrifice for sin. Christ did not believe this himself, they say; rather it was a later addition or perversion by the apostles. In Christ’s Doctrine of the Atonement, George Smeaton takes on... Continue Reading

Broken?

Instead of sin in evangelicalism today you’ll notice words like broken, numb, shattered, and wounded

“This psychologizing of sin and salvation has an immediacy about it that is appealing in this troubled age, this age of broken beliefs and broken lives. The cost, however, is that it so subverts the process of moral understanding that sin loses its sinfulness, at least before God. And whereas in classical spirituality it was... Continue Reading

Google Knows Who You Really Are

Google knows who we are, sometimes better than we know ourselves. But Google doesn’t love us.

“Google searches tell us more than surveys or social media posts, the book points out, because all the factors are there to make people honest. No one is there in front of you. You’re alone. You’re seeking out the answers to the questions you really have.”   Imagine if you had a truth serum that... Continue Reading

Men and Women Are Not the Same

Society is fraught with conflict over one of the most basic human realities—the difference between men and women.

McGuire presents case after case in which the lie that there’s no significant difference between the sexes is embarrassingly exposed. A noncompliant natural order reasserts itself, despite all our attempts to resist it. Unfortunately, in the single-minded pursuit of ideology, the rebuffs of nature are answered with redoubled efforts to erase sexual difference, accompanied by... Continue Reading

Stretched Thin? Why Seeking Coherence over “Life Balance” Is the Answer

In Wonder Woman, Harris posits that instead of searching for balance we should aspire to find coherence in our vocations and stewardship.

A life well-aligned is one that keeps in perspective the greater story for which we have been created. This requires humility and perception because it means that we must accept that we cannot—and should not—do everything. This also means that we are now free to pursue true excellence in the things we are called to... Continue Reading

The Church Is Greater Than Her Pastors

In a rightly ordered church, everything doesn’t collapse when the pastor leaves or dies.

Turretin did say more, but this is a good reminder for pastors (myself included) that we are called to serve the church and humbly minister to her.  The church doesn’t revolve around the pastor.  The church does not exist to serve the pastor.  The pastor is not the church’s lord and ruler.  Jesus is.  The... Continue Reading

What Is So Important About The Second Century?

The church was at a serious crossroads in the second century

“The second century has much to teach the modern church.  My research about what second-century Christians were like, and the opposition they received, made me see that there is much more in common between the second-century Church and the twenty-first century Church (at least in the Western world) than I originally thought.“   Due out... Continue Reading

The Anxiety Beneath All Your Anxieties

Prior to the industrial revolution and the advent of modern medicine, our experience of death was more direct and immediate. Death was a daily reality.

Beck argues that the removal of the immediate presence of death during the industrial and technological age has not only instilled a heightened fear of death, but also inflamed the manifestations of anxiety in our daily lives. Through the changes in our food preparation and consumption, the popularity of funeral homes, and the availability of... Continue Reading

Civil Religion

There's always been a level of syncretism in this nation where Christianity and patriotism become so intertwined that America begins to don the mantle as God's chosen people.

“America’s religious heritage also contributed to a sort of deification of the national enterprise. In recent years, this tendency, first seen during the American Revolution, has been tagged “civil religion.” Civil religion is the attributing of sacred character to the nation itself. Throughout history rulers had claimed divine sanction either by saying they themselves were... Continue Reading

America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

Gosnell: The Untold Story of American’s Most Prolific Serial Killer attempts to put the spot-light back on Gosnell’s atrocities and those who allowed them.

Abortion remains a mystery to the legal world. Because abortion doctors won’t testify against something as barbaric as even Gosnell, people don’t really know what is normal in those clinics. Is it normal for abortion doctors to keep jars of feet on display? Is it normal for them to keep “fetal remains’ in jugs around... Continue Reading