What Difference Does an Inerrant Bible Make?
Does it matter whether the Bible is errant or inerrant, fallible or infallible, inspired or uninspired?
At the end of the day, inerrancy is inseparable from Christology. If Jesus didn’t teach this view of Scripture, the argument would be over. The issue is not the sacrosanctity of a book, a “paper pope,” or bibliolatry. The issue at stake is the integrity of the person and work of Jesus. He can save... Continue Reading
Biblical Womanhood is Often NOT Biblical
Does God really want me to be a doormat to be feminine?
Most materials and sermons I got from Christians in my girlhood emphasized that the only way a girl or woman could be pleasing to God was to be a doormat to other people. Meaning, many hallmarks of codependency are present in this teaching, such as: It is biblical or good for a girl or woman... Continue Reading
“You Are Quite Wrong”
Contrary to the insistence of many, you can set forth a series of mere questions and stories and still be "quite wrong"
I used to celebrate that the emergent church has gone the way of the buffalo. With Rob Bell jumping the shark and Brian McLaren’s “marriage” of his son to another man it had outed itself as at best a reincarnation of old-school 20th century liberalism and at worst another vehicle for moving large numbers of... Continue Reading
Shades of Grey: 3 Ways to Deal with Ethical Dilemmas
There are three main ethical systems by which people try to answer the Nazi knock knock scenario
Many a debate about ethical systems gets illustrated by the Corrie Ten Boom conundrum posed as Nazis knocking on your door to inquire whether you are hiding innocent Jews in your home. You can either tell the truth and sacrifice the lives of your refugees, or you can lie and, assuming you have the world’s most gullible Nazi... Continue Reading
Worship is More Important Than Your Small Group
The contention that corporate worship is not as stirring as small groups usually revolves around four complaints: it is too “pastorcentric,” passive, boring, and impersonal.
I love small groups. Don’t misunderstand me. They serve a real purpose in most churches, but their importance cannot and does not supersede our gathering together in corporate worship. We are the church. Worship is what we do. We gather together to meet with God, to hear His Word, to partake of His sacraments, to... Continue Reading
The Church and the Individual Christian
One particular idea that is often missed when Christians discuss the relationship between Christianity and Culture: the distinction between the Church and the individual Christian.
Second, this distinction between the purpose and responsibilities of the Church and the various callings and responsibilities ofindividual Christians frees the individual Christian from the burden (often placed upon them by others) to ‘transform’ their workplace, culture, or government – or to find uniquely ‘Christian’ ways of doing ordinary tasks. Christians are called to obey... Continue Reading
10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Pastor Right After the Sermon
These are ten responses where pastors have had the most visceral reactions.
Pastors often take 10 to 20 hours to prepare a sermon. They pray for God to speak through them. They preach with conviction and fervency. And then they hear one of these sentences. These ten responses are close approximations of what pastors have actually told me. I am sure there are many more. I’ve... Continue Reading
Reflections on Genesis 3:15
A promise of defeat for Satan, a word of assurance to the angels, and a message of hope for fallen humanity. It is all contained here in kernel form.
The significance of this passage can scarcely be overstated. In one short statement the underlying theme and meaning of history is laid bare. Whatever one says about the history of mankind, therefore, whether they’re looking at the specks of some seemingly insignificant incident, or the grand movements of a mighty nation, if this overarching perspective... Continue Reading
Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts
If there are no truths about what is good or valuable or right, how can we prosecute people for crimes against humanity?
Our children deserve a consistent intellectual foundation. Facts are things that are true. Opinions are things we believe. Some of our beliefs are true. Others are not. Some of our beliefs are backed by evidence. Others are not. Value claims are like any other claims: either true or false, evidenced or not. The hard work... Continue Reading
I Support Net Neutrality, But That Is Not What The FCC Just Did
The new regulatory action by the FCC has sweeping implications for the Internet, and the price we will pay over time for this radical shift will be severe.
The FCC’s action begins a new chapter of competing visions for the Internet — one where government regulators play a central role in directing how the Internet evolves, versus one in which entrepreneurs, private enterprise and consumers expressing their preferences set the terms for the future. The latter has a superior record in delivering value... Continue Reading