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

Will Christians Survive in Today’s Secular World? A Review of The Benedict Option

A proposed strategy for how Christians can live in a post-Christian society.

Though Dreher does not use the term, his description of recent cultural warriors, those hostile to Christianity, fits the profile of the radical progressive movement. Here, then, we have the elements of what “culture wars” are in America. They are a clash between America’s traditional Christian culture and the non-theistic, man-centered world of secular radical... Continue Reading

Two New Popular Biographies Of Zwingli

William Boekestein has published two popular biographies of Zwingli in recent years

“With these two volumes Boekestein, a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America, has done us a service by providing accessible, popular pathways into Zwingli’s world, life, theology, piety, and practice and for that we are in his debt.”   Since this is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses (October 31,... Continue Reading

The Revenge of Analog Discipleship

Disciple-making is accomplished by modelers, not just messengers

“There is no such thing as digital-only discipleship. It’s all analog, because we are embodied people who long for real life community that goes beyond virtual hangouts. Furthermore, pursuing knowledge apart from relationship can become a vice instead of a virtue, the kind of knowledge that puffs up but does not edify.”   Is digital... Continue Reading

Reformation Anglicanism: A Vision for Today’s Global Communion

A Manifesto for Reformation Anglicanism

No, Anglicanism was not borne out of the marriages of Henry the Eighth and his break with Rome. The history of Anglicanism is longer than that and Anglicans need to know the rich history that has allowed itself to be steered between the Scylla of Rome and the Charybdis of Geneva, all the while retaining... Continue Reading

What Rob Bell Gets Right and Wrong About the Bible

Bell recasts the Bible as a human product aimed at creating an elevated consciousness, a conclusion that finds no grounding in Scripture itself.

His book exhibits the hazards of abandoning historic orthodoxy. Orthodoxy isn’t our enemy. Rather, it helps us understand both what to believe and why to believe it. Believers around the world have given their lives to preserve the truths Bell subverts, among them being the truth that the Bible is more than an enlightening book,... Continue Reading

If Contentment Feels Elusive, Read This Book

Chasing Contentment is a wonderful new book to recommend to those who are new to the Christian faith as well as to any Christian who struggles with discontentment.

Raymond defines contentment as “the inward, gracious, quiet spirit that joyfully rests in God’s providence” (23). The first half of this definition is uncontroversial. After all, who wants an obnoxious, spiteful, loud spirit? But the second half is much harder. Raymond explains that a truly contented spirit rests in the overruling providence of God. This... Continue Reading

Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity by Matt Johnson

The book uses the author's checkered history as a case study for how false impressions of Jesus can warp our Christianity.

This is a great message, and yet it can be misconstrued. I don’t get the sense that Matt is saying holy living doesn’t matter — although some could go there if they wanted. And neither does he say that God’s grace does not produce righteousness in us either. But the law/Gospel distinction presented is refreshing,... Continue Reading

Whose Body? Yours or His?

Review of “God Glorified in Your Body”

This is a relevant book, dealing with the twin modern problems of body-neglect and body-worship. Indifference towards the body or idolatry of the body have characterized many cultures through the years, but our own seems to have taken these vices to new heights and depths.   Here is the foreword I wrote to Pastor Al Martin’s new... Continue Reading