What Hath Amsterdam to do with Princeton?

The recent controversy surrounding the reversal of the decision to award the 2017 Kuyper Prize to Dr. Timothy Keller, while disappointing, is not surprising.

Dr. Keller, as an ordained minister in the PCA, is much more aligned theologically with Old Princeton. His doctrine of Scripture would be more in-line with Old Princeton. His views on women and LGBTQ+ persons in ordained ministry would be affirmed by Old Princeton (and probably New Princeton until, obviously, more recent times). As such,... Continue Reading

The True Story of Army Medic Desmond Doss, the Soft-Spoken Christian Superhero

President Harry S. Truman presented Doss with the Medal of Honor on Oct. 12, 1945

Doss should be listed among the “most heroic figures in American history. He was singular,” said “Hacksaw Ridge” director Mel Gibson, during 2016 commencement rites at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in the hills where Doss grew up.   Facing a wall of flames and shellfire, Army medic Desmond Doss had to make an agonizing... Continue Reading

Princeton Theological Seminary Reverses Decision to Honor Redeemer’s Tim Keller

Keller agreed to deliver the annual Kuyper Lecture on April 6 as planned

While Keller is not known for pushing hot-button culture war issues, several critics said his positions against the ordination of women and against LGBTQ rights, as well as his endorsement of a traditional view that women should submit to their husbands — a view known as “complementarianism” — fostered domestic abuse and prejudice against gays... Continue Reading

When Christian Celebrities Go Gay

Brief biographies of five Christian celebrities who have come out as practicing gay lifestyles

There seems to be a new kind of “coming out of the closet” occurring at the intersection of faith and sexuality. One in which renowned Christian authors and musicians are moving beyond public support of revisionist sexual ethics and themselves professing an openly gay lifestyle. Something novel to mainstream contemporary Christian culture.

Is Tim Keller About to Have His Rod Dreher Moment?

Keller’s communion, the PCA, does not ordain women, nor does it recognize sexual orientation rights

“Instead of making the difference that Keller’s fans think, this impending controversy could indicate that rather than being a church for the Big Apple, Keller should have been thinking about culture more the way Rod Dreher has in his proposal for the Benedict Option.”   Tim Keller, the PCA pastor of Redeemer Church in New... Continue Reading

Spurgeon on Expositional Reading and Teaching in the Worship Service?

Spurgeon’s style of preaching may be explained as the product of his own conversion experience at age 15.

Here is a hint for the reader as to his reading. Let it always be distinct. Aim to be good readers, and be the more anxious about it because few men are so, and all preachers ought to be so. It is as good as a sermon to hear our best men read the Scriptures;... Continue Reading

3 Things I’ve Learned from Carl F. H. Henry

Carl Henry died in December of 2003 and I never got to meet him. But his life and work have exerted a formative influence on me.

“Evangelicalism can view the future with a sober optimism, grounded not only in the assurance of the ultimate triumph of righteousness, but also in the conviction that divine redemption can be a potent factor in any age.” I love this about Henry. He was able to look right into the darkness—right into the most hostile... Continue Reading

A Book for Me and All Protestants to Read

The archbishop offers not just critique, but also positive proposals

“There is much more to this book. It is both profound and provocative. And, while unabashedly Roman Catholic, it is, to adapt a phrase from Henry VIII, a book for me and all Protestants to read.”   I recently had the privilege of recording an hour-long conversation with Archbishop Charles Chaput, reflecting on the current... Continue Reading

Why The Church Doesn’t Need Any More Coffee Bars

The church doesn’t need any more coffee bars, more lighting, more concerts, or trend setting events. It needs more of Jesus and the truth of his saving grace.

I scroll down my social media feed and I see churches with pictures of their coffee bars, their concert like settings, their graphics, their trendy sermon series and those don’t appeal to me. I want to see how Jesus has changed a person’s life. I want to see the power of prayer. I want to... Continue Reading

The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer

The grand jury report is as startling, as nauseating as any you’ll ever read

Gosnell ran a Philadelphia abortion clinic that specialized in low-income and immigrant clientele. Over twenty years he carried out countless thousands of abortions but did so in conditions that were nothing short of appalling.   The grand jury report is as startling, as nauseating as any you’ll ever read. “This case is about a doctor... Continue Reading