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
What I’m Learning After Losing My Daughter to Drugs
My dark journey began with a phone call. The voice was calm, but the words hit like an avalanche.
“It has been interesting to hear how people express themselves when death comes. Words fail. Some try to force words, attempting to manufacture something that will fix the mess or soothe the pain. Religious platitudes abound. I know the words are well-intended, but they rarely help. Simply being present is helpful.” I started along... Continue Reading
The Death of Community and the Rise of Trump
What does a decreasing attachment to religious and civic institutions in white, working-class America mean for the country's political future?
“Each party has to wrestle with what America’s demographic changes mean for its future, including the growing share of non-white citizens and the aging of the white generation that was once more involved in religious and civic life, if only by default.” In 2016, 57 percent of white Americans who voted chose Donald Trump... Continue Reading
Facing Death & Finding Life – Fanny Crosby
Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) is the prominent blind hymnwriter of the nineteenth century
Twice when the invitation was given at the close of the service, she went forward, seeking peace from her inner spiritual struggles, but found none. Finally on November 20 she went to the altar alone. As she prayed, the congregation began to sing Isaac Watts’ grand old hymn, “Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed?” ... Continue Reading
Scare Mongering about Home Schooling
The Washington Post Magazine's cover story this week is about the horrors of home-schooling. Specifically, the horrors of "fundamentalist Christian" home-schooling.
One of the tenets of Hunt's campaign is that home-schooling breeds child abuse. She points out that her center has collected some 84 accounts of child deaths in home-schooling households over an indeterminate period dating back to at least 2011. (If you do the math, though, using figures from the federal government's Children's Bureau, you find out that that's at most less than half the rate at which children die from abuse or neglect in the general U.S. population.)
Anglicans Among Leaders Blocking Franklin Graham’s Visit to Canada
Several church leaders, including the homosexual Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Peter Elliot, are opposing the crusade in Vancouver by Graham
“Other prominent Christian leaders unwelcome in Vancouver churches include a chap with no surname calling himself Jesus, who alienated ecclesiastical panjandrums by calling them snakes and Saul of Tarsus who demonstrated a worrying, dehumanizing insensitivity when he invited his opponents to remove their own testicles. A growing number of Christians in Metro Vancouver want... Continue Reading
Luther, Beer and 1522
“I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing." Martin Luther
In this context Luther quite literally preached the reformation back onto a stable footing in a remarkable series of pulpit performances which come down to us as the Invocavit Sermons on 1522. By the time he had finished, the Zwickau whackos were gone, and Zwilling and Karlstadt had had to leave Wittenberg. Luther was back in control with Melancthon as his gentle second-in-command. Others, like Justus Jonas, who had been swept up in the madness had returned to sanity. All was well. Luther had preached God's Word and God's Word had done it all. And it is from these – and from that crisis moment – that this quotation is drawn.
Betsy DeVos’s Misunderstood Alma Mater
Calvin College is no fundamentalist Christian school.
This ecosystem, ever in flux, has given rise to an institution that defies stereotypes and to an array of reactions to DeVos’s selection as education secretary from students, faculty, and alumni. DeVos has been an ardent supporter of not only charter schools, but also the use of vouchers (public money to support private education, and... Continue Reading
David Jones, PCA Minister and Covenant Seminary Professor, Called Home to Glory
Dr. David Jones (1937 – 2017), served as a professor at Covenant Seminary for 40 years.
Dr. Jones was a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and a former student of the renowned scholar and theologian John Murray, whose classic work Principles of Conduct left an indelible mark on him. He began teaching at Covenant Seminary in1967. During his forty years at the institution, he not only taught systematic theology and ethics to generations... Continue Reading