Virgin Birth Debate Interrupts Regular ‘War on Christmas’ Program

Andy Stanley said in a message Dec. 3 that one of the challenging things about Christmas is the “unbelievable” nature of stories in the Bible describing Jesus’ miraculous conception.

“A lot of people don’t believe it, and I understand that,” Stanley said. “Maybe the thought is they had to come up with some kind of myth about the birth of Jesus to give him street cred later on. Maybe that’s where that came from.”   The other war on Christmas — not the one over... Continue Reading

Zero Gee and I Feel Fine … Remembering John Glenn

John Glenn, the man for whom I was named has died.

I was born on May 5, 1961, the day the first American, Alan Shepard, was launched into space atop a Redstone rocket. Shepard did not orbit the Earth but took a 300-mile parabolic trajectory—a short hop that got him to the edge of space. In the day, NASA did not announce who would fly on... Continue Reading

Pastor, Am I a Christian?

Tim Keller answers basic questions about what it means to be a Christian from a New York Times reporter.

You imply that really good people (e.g., Gandhi) should also be saved, not just Christians. The problem is that Christians do not believe anyone can be saved by being good. If you don’t come to God through faith in what Christ has done, you would be approaching on the basis of your own goodness….Christians believe... Continue Reading

Long Time Covenant College Professor, Louis “Lou” Voskuil, Called Home to Glory

Dr. Lou Voskuil, beloved retired professor of history at Covenant College, died on December 24, 2016.

Voskuil served in education for a total of 41 years, taught history, and led the faculty of Covenant College. He received the first-ever and rarely-bestowed John W. Sanderson Award for Christian Scholarship during his time at Covenant. Voskuil earned his BA degree from Calvin College and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary. He completed a... Continue Reading

Free Pastor Andrew: Christians Rally for Missionary Jailed in Turkey

American pastor caught up in terrorism sweep by country he served for more than 20 years

“The pastor of Izmir Resurrection Church on the west coast of Turkey was imprisoned based on allegations of ties to the Gülen movement, whose followers are blamed by the Turkish government of attempting a coup on July 15.”   Christian advocates in the United States have launched a global campaign to release Andrew Brunson, an... Continue Reading

Today’s Theologians: Dr. Richard Gaffin

As we continue our interviews with notable theologians, we sit down with Richard B. Gaffin, Jr

“My primary interest in biblical theology has always been not for its own sake but for the relationship and interface between it and systematic theology, as the former serves to provide the latter with its life-blood: sound exegesis, and for that, attention to the text within its context in the unfolding history of special revelation... Continue Reading

A Christmas Memory

When Mother stepped out of her comfort zone for me

So when I noticed an album-shaped present under the tree, I assumed it would be George Beverly Shea singing Christmas songs or a Christian folk group that my parents thought I might tolerate. I would have received those albums in the spirit they were given—as polite and patient nudges to head back into the fold.... Continue Reading

Is This How Paul Prayed for Nero?

Paul's instructions to Timothy differ from recent prayers involving the president-elect

“Here‘s how Alan Jacobs is praying for everyone in Washington but president-elect Trump: I am praying that people in our government who hold some power power and possess at least a little intelligence will impede Trump, will place enough obstacles in his way that he will be able to do minimal damage to the body... Continue Reading

A Plea to Preachers

There is a center to the Bible and its message of grace. It is found in Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected.

We give our best and most creative energies to teaching God’s people almost everything except the person and work of our Lord and Savior. This should cause us considerable alarm, for there is reason to fear that our failure here has reached epidemic proportions. We need to return to a true preaching to the heart,... Continue Reading

Chip And Joanna Gaines Do What They Were Criticized for: They Go To Church

HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines attended church Sunday

“In times of trouble.. you’ll find the gaines family at church,” Chip Gaines tweeted on Sunday morning, days after the celebrity couple were lambasted by Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan magazine for attending Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, where Pastor Jimmy Seibert has preached that the practice of homosexuality is a sin.   HGTV stars Chip and... Continue Reading