Abuse: No Joke, No Myth
It happened in Ezekiel’s day; it still happens today.
We must not be ignorant or naive about the reality of abuse in Christian circles. And we must not turn a blind eye or a deaf ear when we hear about or see abuse cases of any kind. The Lord loves justice and calls us to practice justice while we walk humbly with him (Mic.... Continue Reading
Don’t Follow Your Heart: Commit Cultural Heresy
Book Review: How to avoid the death spiral of self-worship.
If the “follow your heart” religion is indeed the dominant religion of our cultural moment, as Williams has argued, Christians, for the love of God and the love of our neighbors, will need to commit cultural heresy. We only find our “true selves” in right relationship with God. Reject the death spiral of self-worship. Embrace... Continue Reading
Groundhog Day. A critique of American culture.
A seemingly innocent 30-year-old movie exposes the depth of corruption in America’s culture.
What’s wrong with this perspective on human life? People everywhere in America agree that a bad attitude in life brings bad results. But the biblical perspective strikes deeper into the fallen nature of humanity. Bad attitude embodies sin – sin against God the Creator, and Christ the Redeemer. The movie also communicates the idea that... Continue Reading
John MacArthur’s Lordship Salvation
Saving Faith According to John MacArthur
MacArthur redefines fiducia by turning the volitional component of justifying faith into something other than child like receiving and resting in Christ for salvation. For MacArthur fiducia is not the disposition of trust in Christ (or to believe into Christ) but rather the work of bringing our righteous to Christ in deeds of forsaking, commitment and surrender. In this post I addressed the aberrant view... Continue Reading
You Should Know Irenaeus
Who, then, was Irenaeus?
Irenaeus is thus a key architect of Christian thought. As such it is unsurprising that his influence spread so rapidly and so far (a fragment of Against Heresies, dating from when Irenaeus was still alive, has been found at Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, at the other side of the known world from where he wrote the... Continue Reading
ENCORE: The Failure of the Church and the Success of Secularism: Carl Henry on the Crisis of Evangelical Engagement
Henry articulated the necessity of an evangelical movement that was equipped to confront a public square swiftly succumbing to secularism.
As Christians look to upcoming elections and consider vital issues facing our public square, we must not be found silent nor unintelligible in our ethical convictions. Silence and underdeveloped theses for the verity of our moral vision are both an affront to our mandate and the duties of discipleship. At a bare minimum, Christians must... Continue Reading
Education, Not Indoctrination
Should we “just teach the facts”?
At the founding, and for most of America’s history, the moral formation at America’s schools and universities included instruction in religion. George Washington warned, for example, in his Farewell Address that we must not “indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” Massachusetts’ Constitution speaks similarly: “The happiness of a people, and the... Continue Reading
Can Christians Attend Gay Weddings?
Attending a gay wedding involves approving of a ceremony that makes a mockery of a central New Testament teaching and of Christ himself.
There are also obvious reasons why a Christian should never attend a gay wedding. If marriage is rooted in the complementarity of the sexes, then any marriage that denies that challenges the Christian understanding of creation. It is one thing for the world to do that. It is quite another for Christians to acquiesce in the... Continue Reading
Jesus and Queerness: The Cross and the Q of LGBTQ+
We must understand who and what we are through Christ and what he has accomplished through the stunning uniqueness of his cross.
What does Jesus and his good news say about queerness and the experiences leading some to identify as such? He, the one and only unique Son of God? Jesus, God come to us in the flesh, the one beside whom there is no other? Jesus, our Lord, who alone has been exalted to a unique place and shares his glory with... Continue Reading
Has Grief Led You to Apathy?
Grief is a normal part of life because loss is normal.
Apathy can also be a sign that the process of grief has not run its course.7 Grief is about coping with loss. Gerald Sittser, an insightful guide on these issues, writes, “Loss creates a barren present, as if one were sailing on a vast sea of nothingness. Those who suffer loss live suspended between a past... Continue Reading