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
From Prophetess to Pastrix: A Review of The Bible vs. Biblical Womanhood (Part 4)
Payne regularly leaps from biblical stories involving a woman to a prescriptive application for the church today, misunderstanding and misapplying the texts against the original author’s intention.
There are two major problems with Payne’s treatment of Mary Magdalene’s role in resurrection proclamation. First, he ignores principle #1. Just because Jesus did tell a woman to proclaim the gospel to a group of men once doesn’t mean women should do that today. Second, Payne wrongly equates Mary’s delivery of information to the disciples with preaching to... Continue Reading
We Need More than an Accidental Faith
Evidential apologists like me hope that our work will help others to have a richer faith that is built on both a trust IN Jesus as Savior and a sure knowledge THAT this trust is not misplaced.
My rather sterile investigation of the gospels lead me to believe THAT Jesus was God and THAT He died for my sins and I certainly accepted His offer of Salvation. But while I considered myself “saved,” I seemed to trust Jesus for little else. I knew it was time to stretch, to step out in... Continue Reading
“Live Your Truth” and Other Lies
Apologist exposes modern day proverbs that trip up Christians and lure them from true biblical wisdom.
Another commonly repeated, highly consequential lie is that there’s such a thing as “your truth” and “my truth”: Christian, your truth doesn’t exist. Your truth won’t bring hope or save anyone. … The Cross is the answer to every lie that tells me I can find everything I need inside myself. … The Cross is... Continue Reading
The Teachings of Neo-Pagan Masculinity
The idea of manhood in community, masculinity as primarily (or at least heavily) about a man’s relationship with other men.
I reject the idea that there’s no link between being a good man and being good at being a man. God created men, so the moral dimension is always present. At the same time, that morality can’t be divorced from the other qualities men were created to exhibit. Nevertheless, the idea of “good at being... Continue Reading
Review of ‘Impossible Christianity’
Impossible Christianity will challenge our unbiblical pre-conceptions whilst giving us hope and joy that the Christian life is actually possible.
DeYoung’s main premise is that the Christian life is not impossible, even if we have been led to believe it is. Two culprits are: 1) an inaccurate portrait of life with God, and 2) an unbiblical understanding of our limitations. He reminds us of a comforting truth: we cannot care about everything. We are not... Continue Reading
Preparing Yourself to Share the Gospel with Muslims
With Muslims present in every country in the world, including yours and mine, it may be wise for us to be well prepared to share the gospel with them.
Ibrahim is a Professor of Islamic Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam. Having been born and raised in Egypt, he has first-hand experience with Islam and access to the Arabic language. This makes him especially qualified and his books especially effective. There are... Continue Reading
3 Outcomes of Thinking
The goal is not to simply come out with “an answer”, but to actually have a defense for why that answer is true or why it will work.
For difficult passages and theological questions, don’t be afraid to take some time to prayerfully think it through. Be okay with leaving a text saying “I don’t know. I need to think about that more.” Rushing to a conclusion might make you feel better, but you might be missing something that you could have observed if you... Continue Reading
How to Get Up When You’d Rather Not
Review: Noble’s book highlights five key truths all of us need to hear, particularly those who are struggling.
Anyone walking through a season of suffering, particularly mental affliction, will benefit from this book. Noble puts into words what many of us already know but desperately need to be reminded of. The book is both a comfort in trials and an encouragement to choose to go on living. Alan Noble describes an experience... Continue Reading