Christian Rap and Public Apologies
Joel Beeke and Sam Waldron on comments made during the recent NCFIC discussion
Since I wrote the above email both Scott Brown and Joel Beeke have issued apologies for aspects of their comments. I think their apologies show wisdom and humility. Both emphasize the distinction I am insisting on in this blog. Let me only add that my ministry at the NCFIC conference emphasized the crucial distinction I was making at the... Continue Reading
Supreme Court rejects Liberty’s Obamacare challenge
The case challenged both the employer and individual mandates on grounds of religious freedom, but it also disputed Congress’ power to compel employers to provide insurance.
Representing Liberty University is Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, who challenged the law the day President Barack Obama signed it in 2010. On Tuesday’s The World and Everything in It, Staver said the issue of the employer mandate isn’t over. “If certainly there is a Court of Appeals that will strike down the employer mandate, that’s... Continue Reading
Why Calvin and Not Luther?
Reasons for the appeal of Calvinism over Lutheranism for many
Calvinism is also a faith for people on the run. Literally. It was not rooted in one country, dependent on a nation-state or powerful patron. Calvin tried to settle in Geneva, but even there things did not always go well with the locals, who either resented the intrusions in their lives or refused to divvy... Continue Reading
Auburn University Homecoming Queen Molly Anne Dutton Surprised By Nation’s Reaction to Her Adoption Story
Auburn University senior Molly Anne Dutton shared the story of her birth mother's decision to put her up for adoption over abortion
On Saturday [Oct. 12, 2013], she was voted Miss Homecoming 2013 by the student body at Auburn University after weeks of sharing her platform, which tells of how Dutton’s birth mother made the decision to sacrifice her marriage and give Dutton up for adoption, as opposed to having an abortion, after surviving a sexual assault.... Continue Reading
The Philanthropists: William Wilberforce
Wilberforce was the English politician and Christian philanthropist who led the abolition of the British slave trade—and more
While Wilberforce is obviously most remembered for his arduous work against the British slave trade, he also made numerous other vocational and financial contributions to the work of Christ’s kingdom. He volunteered for dozens of societies. For example, he worked for the Church Missionary Society, the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Sunday School Society,... Continue Reading
Belhaven Professor, Wife Offer Seat at the Table
Students join couple for Thanksgiving meal.
Seventeen people — mostly dance students — attended that first meal in 2010. The afternoon ended with somewhat of an impromptu performance. “We put on a performance of ‘Nutcracker’ while we were clearing the table,” Don Hubele said with a smile. “They were all doing ballet while they’re washing dishes.” Belhaven University student Kerry Jones... Continue Reading
Four Little Words
Would your biographer be able to write? ‘And that Sunday, as was his custom, he was in church to hear the reading and expositing of the Scriptures.’
If unbelieving Josephus could see the wisdom in making it a custom for God’s people to gather to ‘every week’ at the expense of ‘desert[ing] their other occupations’ to ‘obtain a thorough and accurate knowledge’ the law of Moses, doesn’t it seem like all the more important for believing Christians to gather together to obtain... Continue Reading
Christian Couple’s Sincerity Impresses Hardened Media
Reporter surprised by soft-spoken couple.
I thought they were just bigots, wrote one journalist, but Peter and Hazelmary Bull’s sincerity on the BBC made me realise “bigot” was entirely the wrong word. That was the conclusion of one hardened journalist, who does not share the Bulls’ beliefs, but thinks it is a shame they have been taken to court by... Continue Reading
More Allegations of Plagiarism Surface Against Mark Driscoll
Two additional allegations of plagiarism— both taken word-for-word from Carson’s “New Bible Commentary“ and published in Driscoll’s book on 1&2 Peter
“The passages that Mefferd has identified appear to be copied almost verbatim from the Carson New Bible Commentary. Merely changing a few words, such as ‘unschooled’ to ‘uneducated’, is likely not enough to skirt liability for copyright infringement,” Greenberg said. “The only relevant defense that I could see Driscoll having is independent creation–that is, he... Continue Reading
The House That Steven Built
A Charlotte megachurch pastor’s megamansion raises eyebrows and critical questions
Furtick’s house will be more than 8,500 square feet of heated space, with nearly that many more feet of porches, pavilions, and garages. It has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The station needed a helicopter because the house sits on a 19-acre lot surrounded by gated communities and similarly sized mansions, posted with no trespassing... Continue Reading