Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age Foreword
Don’t follow the great dragon; that’s what this book is about. He has already been defeated.
We believe that if God is for us, no one can stand against us (8:31). We believe that we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (8:37) and that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us... Continue Reading
No True Christian: Part Two
For those who are redeemed, perhaps the greatest act of doing true good unto others is to call them to repentance from sin and point them to Jesus, to call upon Him.
We decided to answer the claims of Russell Moore and the Woke crowd by turning back a century in time to another person who fought this very same battle with liberals in his day. J. Gresham Machen’s book Christianity and Liberalism came out one hundred years ago in 1923, and his response to the out-of-context... Continue Reading
The Trinity and the Gospel of John
By well-chosen words and analogies, John thus helps us grasp, in some feeble way, the ineffable glory of the blessed Trinity.
In describing the true light’s reception by believers, the prologue picks up a theme already introduced in John 1:3 and elaborated more fully throughout the Gospel, namely, the indivisible operation of the persons of the Trinity. The believing reception of the Word, resulting in the reception from the Word of “the right to become children... Continue Reading
Don’t Believe Culture’s Lies about Men and Women
A review of Rosaria Butterfield’s "Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age".
Don’t mistake Butterfield’s confidence for pride. Her heart throughout the book proclaims this message (my paraphrase): “God the sovereign creator brilliantly and beautifully designed men and women. We should obey what he tells us. We should live according to his design. We shouldn’t believe lies.” That assertiveness may strike some people as arrogant since it... Continue Reading
The Gospel of God
This book, Fountain of Salvation: Trinity & Soteriology, is concerned with exploring and specifying precisely that relation between the Trinity and salvation.
Christian theology ought to be an exercise in knowing God precisely as the God of salvation. But we have not confessed the God of salvation at all if we have not confessed God’s perfection and self-sufficiency apart from any considerations about salvation. Calvin famously opens his Institutes with the observation that all true and... Continue Reading
Book Review: The Christian Manifesto
It is a manifesto that calls us to live significant, meaningful, and distinctly Christian lives in our everyday affairs and our very normal interactions with others.
This book, and the great sermon that lies behind it, provide a powerful manifesto for living well, living courageously, and living in a way that honors God in uncertain times. I would encourage you to read the sermon, to read the book, and to apply them both deliberately and prayerfully. Has anyone ever lived... Continue Reading
What Can We Know about the Father’s Involvement in the Crucifixion?
Every aspect of God’s reality and work, without exception, is mystery.
Paul shows, and shares, his awareness that the God of Jesus remains the God of Job, and that the highest wisdom of the theological theorist, even when working under divine inspiration as Paul did, is to recognize that he is, as it were, gazing into the sun, whose very brightness makes it impossible for him... Continue Reading
Killing the Schoolmaster
What has happened in the last couple of centuries is a successive dethroning of God from every arena of public and private life.
Rancière wants to remove our ability to stand on the shoulders of others. I recall Anthony Thiselton drilling into me in his hermeneutics classes that we were pygmies on the shoulders of giants. Rancière would have us cut the giants off at the knees and then merrily dance into the sunset. As Christians we must... Continue Reading
Should I Leave My Critical Text Church?
“Probably not, but it depends.”
One of the most important words of counsel: In taking up this discussion with your Pastor, you will need to remember and be content with the fact that it is your Pastor and Elders’ responsibility to determine which version is used in the pulpit ministry of your church. At no point should you assume or... Continue Reading
What Does C. S. Lewis’s “The Abolition of Man” Have to Say After 80 Years?
The Abolition of Man is a powerful work for our day because, in many ways, Lewis predicted the future.
Lewis points out that in previous ages, wisdom and virtue led to conforming the soul to reality in pursuit of becoming truly human. Now, the conditioners discard humanity by subduing “reality to the wishes of men” (77). Lewis argues that reality is subdued by replacing conformity with technological solutions, which may include rewiring the circuitry... Continue Reading