Why I Signed the Manhattan Declaration

Exclusive for The Aquila Report – Dr. Bryan Chapell, President of Covenant Seminary and one of the primary drafters of the document, gives three important reasons for signing. 1. Important for the Church: The central concerns of the Manhattan Declaration – Life, Marriage and Liberty – have been treasured and defended by biblically guided churches... Continue Reading

Free speech … crackdown in name of religion

A group of Islamic nations, led by Algeria and Pakistan, is lobbying to bring before the U.N. General Assembly a proposed treaty banning mockery of religion, according to the Associated Press. The pact would, in effect, be a global anti-blasphemy treaty and an obvious and alarming threat to freedom of expression. The move seems to... Continue Reading

Hanukkah and The Manhattan Declaration

In December, the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, an eight day feast in remembrance of the triumph of the Maccabees over the forces of Antiochus Epiphanes in the year 165 B.C. The story has a lesson for us. Antiochus promoted an ancient form of political correctness. He insisted that everyone give up their own religion and... Continue Reading

Why Low Expectations Cheat Our Church Members

Last summer, my parents introduced me and my wife to a European board game called The Settlers of Catan. This award-winning game has become wildly popular, especially among college students. But Settlers is hard to play. The game is expensive. The rules are complicated. Each game requires more than an hour. To do well, you... Continue Reading

Calvin and the Atonement

The following is third in a series on Calvin. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is the hinge on which all biblical revelation turns. Together with the resurrection of Christ, it is the apex of redemptive history. Everything prior to it anticipated it and was calculated by God to set it up and bring it to... Continue Reading

Fishing for news of religion and the religious

For the past several months I have spent several hours of most days on the web searching for news items that might be of interest to readers of The Aquila Report. While I wish there was enough news coming from our various denominations, churches, ministries and members each day (and I suspect there is more... Continue Reading

Hanukkah and The Manhattan Declaration

In December, the Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, an eight day feast in remembrance of the triumph of the Maccabees over the forces of Antiochus Epiphanes in the year 165 B.C. The story has a lesson for us. Antiochus promoted an ancient form of political correctness. He insisted that everyone give up their own religion and... Continue Reading

My Concerns with the Manhattan Declaration

This declaration continues this tendency to define “the gospel” as something other than the specific announcement of the forgiveness of sins and declaration of righteousness solely by Christ’s merits. The Manhattan Declaration, released November 20, 2009, firmly yet winsomely takes the stand in defense of truths that are increasingly undermined in contemporary Western societies, including... Continue Reading

Finally, an Honest Con Game

“This is not funny, this is serious stuff!” intones a flock of furrow-browed politicos about that well-dressed couple who conned their way into a White House shindig. Yes and no, in that order, because some of us think this incident is more than a little funny and really not all that serious. “They could have... Continue Reading

A Virus of Hatred Spreads Online

From the Editorial Board of the Colorado Springs Gazette A biology professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris, known as PZ “Little Paul” Myers, has no claim to fame beyond an infantile expression of bigotry that went viral, much like a flu virus. Though mostly forgotten, Myers is to an Internet hate virus what that... Continue Reading