Tragedy in Texas: Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil

When we cannot trace God's hand, we are simply to trust his heart.

The Christian worldview affirms the dignity of human life. According to Scripture, every single human life is of eternal value and inestimable worth. Murder is not, then, merely a crime, it is an assault on the dignity of the human being—an attack upon the image of God. In one very important dimension, this demonstrates why... Continue Reading

Which Henry Caused the Reformation?

I would argue that the single greatest enabler of the modern world’s attitude to religion is not some sixteenth-century Reformer. It's Henry Ford.

It is a form of nostalgia, a kind of pre-Raphaelite aesthetic that sees the Middle Ages as a kind of Eden. Given the choice, I would rather live today, with analgesics, antibiotics, and easy access to education, than in the thirteenth—or indeed any earlier—century. But if we are truly to understand the problems the church... Continue Reading

“Our minds can be hijacked”: The Tech Insiders Who Fear a Smartphone Dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet.

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone is distracted,” Rosenstein says. “All of the... Continue Reading

What the Reformation Did and Didn’t Do for Women

As a result of the Reformation, women were given new opportunities to be educated, participate in the church and in the family, and share the Gospel.

No longer was a woman to be considered “defective and misbegotten,” as Aquinas had taught, but created in the image of God and of infinite value. In Christ, all Christians are consecrated priests. Therefore, Luther referred to his own beloved wife Katie, a former nun, as “my rib,” my book of Galatians, and the “boss of... Continue Reading

14 Women of the Reformation That You Probably Never Knew About

These women were dedicated to the gospel of Jesus Christ, some to the point of martyrdom.

All of these women longed to see the Reformation triumph, and the good news of the gospel overcome opposition both within the church and outside it. They served with patience, perseverance, and courage. They were not just observers of the Reformation, but they were also participants. Moreover, each was used mightily by God to maintain... Continue Reading

The Sunday Before the 95 Theses

When another gospel was proclaimed in the land, the people yearned for the true word of salvation through Christ alone.

I hear there is a friar in the town of Wittenberg, a Brother Martin. It is said he teaches and preaches differently than all these others. I wonder what he thinks of this homily and this Tetzel. I wonder if he thinks of these words, “propter nos homines et propter nostrum salutem.” Maybe he will... Continue Reading

Church George Washington Attended Removes Plaque Honoring First Pres

The church is also removing a plaque that memorializes Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee

“We understand that both Washington and Lee lived in times much different than our own, and that each man, in addition to his public persona, was a complicated human being, and like all of us, a child of God,” reads a letter issued by the church board.   The historic Episcopalian Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia,... Continue Reading

The Story of Martin Luther’s Conversion

There is also Luther’s own testimony that his “breakthrough” came while he was lecturing through the Psalms a second time.

“At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, “In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’” There I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which... Continue Reading

Change Is Good

It's not that we don't like change; we just don't want to change.

But think more broadly, it is also a primary means by which God does what he does in our lives. It’s not like we are punching our spiritual timesheet with our morning devotions and prayer. We are not just occupying a seat on Sunday morning. No, God is meeting with us to use his Word... Continue Reading

On Campus, Threats Suppress Testimony to Christian Sexual Ethics

When did conformity become fashionable on college campuses?

At Georgetown University, a pro-family student club awaits a hearing that could very possibly strip its official standing as a recognized campus organization. Why? Because the student group, Love Saxa, advances orthodox views on sex and marriage. Thankfully, these bullying tactics didn’t stop hundreds of students from gathering over the weekend at Princeton University to consider the... Continue Reading