Book Review: Rediscover Church
Rediscover Church: Why the Body of Christ Is Essential. By Collin Hansen & Jonathan Leeman.
Hansen and Leeman make crystal clear what they mean by church: “A church is a group of Christians who assemble as an earthly embassy of Christ’s heavenly kingdom to proclaim the good news and commands of Christ the King; to affirm one another as his citizens through the ordinances; and to display God’s own holiness... Continue Reading
Jesus and John Wayne among the Deplorables
When Activism Masquerades as History
Book Criticisms: Du Mez will entertain only those arguments that accept her framework and dismiss any theological appeals, because Evangelicalism is not defined by theology, no matter what Evangelicals themselves claim. Once the reader realizes that this is what Du Mez is up to, he can make sense of how it is that she arrives... Continue Reading
A Review of “Still Time to Care,” by Greg Johnson
Book Review: Rev. Greg Johnson shows that religious gay celibacy mostly fails; why does he think it will work today?
Still Time to Care is an important work and teaches more than the author intended. Despite obvious theological and practical deficiencies (covered by other reviews), his book unwittingly reveals the cloudy future of the celibate gay movement. If pastors, elders, and laymen have time to care, they still have time to learn the right lessons from... Continue Reading
Greg Johnson’s “Still Time to Care” Repeatedly Misrepresents the RPCES
Greg Johnson’s interpretation about what the RPCES adopted on homosexuality in 1980 is erroneous and misguided.
In Synod’s long paragraph on Call to Repentance, we find that we must not deny responsibility for or excuse “unnatural desires” even if they began in infancy. (Johnson does not quote that part of the report.) Synod’s report then disagrees with Johnson head on when it speaks of cure when it says, “In sanctification we... Continue Reading
The Real Cost of Social Media
Book Review: The goal of the book “is to help you recognize that social media is changing the way you think, feel, and live. Like water to a fish, social media has come to pervade the lives of everyone.”
In this book, he demonstrates why it is so important for Christians to think well about these world-changing, heart-shaping, soul-forming technologies. I highly recommend Terms of Service to anyone who wants to better understand how we can take back what they’ve so eagerly taken from us. Like it or not, we live in a world... Continue Reading
When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment
Book Review: Must-reading for all who care about what has taken place regarding sexuality and gender identity in our society.
I appreciated Anderson’s irenic tone. These are not the rantings of a hate-filled extremist, but an invitation to carefully consider the problems of today’s transgender ideology. He treats those whom he interacts with charitably, respectfully, and politely. The author stands as an exemplar in how critics are to handle contemporary controversies. Hopefully, this will lead... Continue Reading
Book Review: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
The truth is, busyness and hurry has infected our lives like a plague.
In the book, Comer claims “the mind is the portal to the soul, and what you fill your mind with will shape the trajectory of your character. In the end, your life is no more than the sum of what you gave your attention to.” I’ve also heard it said “you become what you behold.”... Continue Reading
Actually, We Do Care (part 2): A Response To Greg Johnson’s ‘Still Time To Care’
Hetero-sexual desire is a natural, pre-fall gift of God; homo-sexual desire is unnatural and not a pre-fall gift of God.
Heterosexual lust and homosexual lust are not the same qualitatively. Though they are both fallen and fall short of the glory of God, they are not fallen in the same way or for the same reason, which distinction Johnson does not make clear in his writing. Here it becomes necessary to make a distinction between... Continue Reading
Jesus and John Wayne: A Review
Du Mez offers no proposed solutions, no path forward, and no appeal to the gospel.
Du Mez’s work reads less as history and more as ideology, and an ideology with little in the way of faith, hope, or charity. All we have before us as we reach the end of the book is a cliff edge, with no path forward to forgiveness and reconciliation. There is no apparent hope. But... Continue Reading
Actually, We Do Care (Part 1): A Response To Greg Johnson’s Still Time To Care
Johnson’s book muddies the already muddied terminology regarding human sexuality.
It is my intention to demonstrate with these articles that Johnson’s book muddies the already muddied terminology regarding human sexuality and that he is not alone in using classic Reformed systematic-theological language in a novel manner to support his own conclusions. Still Time to Care: Selective Quoting? Greg Johnson’s Still Time to Care has garnered no... Continue Reading