Real Conversations on Race

Sciacca’s characters discuss many complex racial issues, but Sciacca offers no solutions.

For Sciacca, Meals from Mars is more than a story; it’s his life. He serves as executive director of Restoration Academy, a Christ-centered private school in one of Birmingham’s poorest neighborhoods. Each day Sciacca teaches and mentors young black men, empathizing with their experiences, feeling their pain, and refusing to give simple answers to complex problems.   Malik paused.... Continue Reading

Choice, Truth, Authority (Guinness)

Modernity “tends to undermine all forms of authority other than its own and replaces them with the sense that all responses are merely a matter of preference.”

“When such autonomous, free-choice consumerism washes over society from the shopping mall to the bedroom, the office and the ballot box, the result is predictable.  What will be the price of obedience to authority, and what will be the respect according to principled dissent?  Choice – unbounded autonomous, subjective sovereign individual choice – is the... Continue Reading

Counseling Under the Cross

An interview with Dr. Kellemen, author of the new book, Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

If Luther was talking to pastors today, what counsel would he give them about pastoral counseling? “Do it!” We think we are too busy to counsel. We think we are ill-equipped to counsel. We think we should just preach (the pulpit ministry of the Word) and not counsel (the personal ministry of the Word). Luther was... Continue Reading

The Rise And Fall Of The Christian Bookstore

Over the last decade, Christian bookstores across the nation have been shuttering

The flailing Christian bookstore industry reached code red status earlier this year when Family Christian Stores, touted as “the world’s largest retailer of Christian-themed merchandise,” declared it would shutter all of its 240 stores across America and lay off 3,000 employees.   Back in the 1990s, it often seemed that every city and town in... Continue Reading

The Kingdom of God and Surprising Reversals (Guinness)

Thankfully, God in his sovereignty often uses average – or even less than average(!) – people to carry out his grand purposes.

“We know all that, we respect all that, and we take it seriously – and yet, and yet.  So we are also always ready for the surprising voice, the far-from-obvious leader, the last-person-you-would-ever-think would be the key player.  And yes, we are always ready to recognize God’s nobodies and God’s fools.  For these may be... Continue Reading

Roles – Another Andelin Connection?

Knight may have been the first to use "roles" for both humanity and the Trinity, but I was pretty sure he was not the first to use it regarding men and women.

On first hearing though, the concept of roles may sound reasonable. We readily accept that people have different roles such as those found in the military. But you quickly run into a logical problem. A person may have the rank of private, but he/she may be promoted up the chain of command. Likewise an officer... Continue Reading

The Reformation: classical music’s punk moment

The great cultural and religious schism of the 16th century democratised music and participation, creating the template for modern classical music.

Luther certainly developed a practice in which music took on a more highly charged value, consolidating the drama and struggles of belief within the mind of the believer rather than in the multi-sensory panoply of traditional Catholic practice. It is perhaps no surprise that Bach once related the presence of God and his grace specifically... Continue Reading

How Far Can We Trust Him? (Machen)

“Jesus is God” means that the man who rose from the dead and ascended into heaven is Lord of all, King of kings, eternal, infinite, and holy.

“We have trusted in Jesus. But how far can we trust Him? Just in this transitory life? Just in this little speck that we call the earth? If we can trust Him only thus far we are of all men most miserable. We are surrounded by stupendous forces; we are surrounded by the immensity of... Continue Reading

The Vanishing American Adult – Book Review

Sasse laments the current scene of youth. And it’s more than a mere mocking of the 20-something adolescent vegging out on Call of Duty in his parent’s basement.

Sasse proposes, “The schools are less to blame than we are, for we [parents] are the ones who have asked them to deliver more than any mass institution is competent to produce.” In part two of the book, he gives five character-building habits for parents to help kids get traction out of perpetual adolescence. “All... Continue Reading

Review: Dewey Roberts on the Federal Vision

A review of “Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision: A Theological Analysis and Practical Evaluation.”

Federal Vision advocates see a tension between that traditional Evangelical view of the Gospel (which Evangelicals have held since the Reformation) and the practice of infant baptism.  They feel that infant baptism must be more than just wishful thinking to be meaningful: It must be an “objective” covenant that actually confers what it symbolizes.  In... Continue Reading

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