The “Broken” Evangelical Buzzword (Wells)

What’s the big deal? Why can’t we just talk about being broken and bruised instead of sinful and wretched before God?

“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

Apostasy in Hebrews 6:4-6 (Owen)

The perseverance of the saints is a clear – and comforting! – teaching of Scripture. So what is Hebrews 6:4-6 teaching?

“That the people here  intended (in Heb. 6:4-6) are not true and sincere believers, in the strict and proper sense of that name, at least they are not described here as such; so that from this nothing can be concluded concerning them that are so, as to the possibility of their total and final apostasy.... Continue Reading

A Review: “Killing England”

A review of Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing England.”

In a post-Christian America there is a movement to rid our nation of all vestiges of its Christian past.  Highlighting the sins of former Christian heroes enables them to do this.  Since early America was greatly influenced by the Christian Faith, many modern historians in our educational system (and entertainment industry) are beginning to target... Continue Reading

In Post-Christian America, Should Christians Retreat from Mission?

Christians should embrace the call to be public witnesses for Christ, whether in cultural power or weakness

The outward thrust of Christian life can be seen, first of all, in an imperative that is often called the cultural mandate, but I call it the First Great Commission. In the first two chapters of Genesis, God instructed Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply” (1:22), “till the soil” (2:5) and “have dominion”... Continue Reading

An Open Letter to those Suffering with Depression

I want to assure you right up front that there is hope and there is help.

Recovery took longer than I expected or wanted and I was surprised at how many different components were involved in my healing. But have hope: if you are patient and use all the different means God has provided, you will most likely be among the 95% of people who do get better. You’ve already taken... Continue Reading

Multi-Tiered Salvation

Whenever someone implies that there are multiple tiers to salvation, I get suspicious.

This is one teaching that will rob you of your assurance and confidence in Christ. Why? Because there is an “initial” salvation that gets you in the door – forgiveness of your sins, but you need to haul yourself to the next level by your surrender. The act of surrender also needs to be a... Continue Reading

What Does “The Empty Hand of Faith” Mean? (Boston)

"Upon the whole we may see that the gospel teaches us to come empty-handed to the market of free grace for remission of sins and God’s favor."

So what does “the empty hand of faith” mean?  It means coming to Christ empty-handed simply to receive the free, gracious gift of full forgiveness.  When we come to Jesus for pardon and justification, we don’t need to bring Him anything in exchange; we don’t need to clean up our act, put nice clothes on,... Continue Reading

The One Habit We Want All Our Kids to Have

The introduction to David Murray's new Bible reading plan for kids

Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids has just been officially released. Apart from Amazon, you can also buy it at Reformation Heritage Books or Westminster Books. Access sample pages here. It can be used with any version of the Bible. Here’s the introduction that explains a bit more of the thinking behind the book and it’s aim of... Continue Reading

The Great Migration

This “migration” could also be called, with little exaggeration, The Great Spiritual Betrayal.

McLaren is driven to interfaith thinking and practice because he believes “Religion will not survive if we believe that our religion is the only one true religion” (102). This is why McLaren’s god is surprisingly like, as he claims, the impersonal tribal deities of Africa and the gods of Hinduism, Buddhism and other Eastern religions... Continue Reading

A Failed Attempt At ‘Bible Communism’

The founder of the 19th century Oneida commune believed in an extremely literal sense of ‘love thy neighbor’

“In establishing the society of inquiry as a communal economic unit, Noyes was no doubt influenced by the tradition of Christian socialism, as well as by the more general fad for associationist models in forward-thinking reform circles of the 1840s. But what Noyes was after was a much more radical.”   In Oneida—a runner-up for... Continue Reading