“Losing Our Religion” and the Fracturing of American Evangelicalism
Book Review: In addition to elements of memoir, jeremiad, lament, and indictment, the book includes Moore’s wisdom and counsel for persevering through a challenging season.
Losing Our Religion is a complicated book, and readers will find much to agree and disagree with, as I did. It offers a fascinating, personal, raw, and at times puzzling look into our recent and ongoing struggles with faith, politics, culture, and loving—or at least co-existing with—our neighbors. Around twenty years ago as a... Continue Reading
Four Christian Practices for Surviving Artificial Intelligence
Our responsibility is not to blindly go along with the waves of AI development but to ensure we’re forming ourselves rightly and rooting ourselves intentionally so we can stand true in the coming tides.
Companies like Meta want bots that can finish your sentences and fulfill your desires. They want their bots to be your companions, confidants, and first source of information. The victor in this market isn’t the one with the most money to spend. It’s the one who provides the most intimacy and lures you in. Personalization and... Continue Reading
Jesus Calling, “PCA, Lament and Repent!”
Jesus Calling is a problematic book. It came from the Presbyterian Church in America.
We failed to care sufficiently for her soul, and to exercise authority within our delineated jurisdiction for the preservation and promulgation of the true gospel and true religion. It cannot be underlined too boldly: criticism of Sarah Young or commiseration because of her actual aims and intentions– all of it bundled together pales to the... Continue Reading
Immunizing Students from Bad Ideas
Passing on a Christian worldview to our kids requires more than just telling them the truth.
The subjects most easily deceived were told things like, “You know brushing your teeth is good for you, right? You’ve been taught this since you were little. Trust us.” When they subsequently heard arguments they never had before, this group felt sheltered and even deceived. The least vulnerable group were those who had not only... Continue Reading
Seven Facts about Abortion
In a free and just society, crimes against anyone must be illegal for everyone.
Consider the monument of lady justice. She is often displayed with a blindfold. Why? Because true justice must be blind to the person being tried. To put it in biblical terminology, “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34). She has open and equal balances in her right hand, for “divers weights and divers measures,... Continue Reading
Treasuring the Psalms: A Review
If I teach the Psalms again in a classroom or church setting, I will use this textbook. And I will regularly recommend it.
During his exegesis of Psalm 110, Vaillancourt rightly pointed to the uniqueness of the psalm in which YHWH addresses David’s Lord. Given the psalm’s central use in trinitarian theology in the early centuries of the Church and its insight into an intra-trinitarian conversation (between the Father and Son), I wish he spent a bit of... Continue Reading
Wild in the Streets – When Dystopian Comedy Mirrors Reality
Rebellion of many types is in the air.
It is odd but in light of where much of Western culture is today, Wild in the Streets seems almost prophetic. For example, at the age of fifteen, Swedish-born Greta Thunberg took her largely ignorant but passionate narrative concerning “climate change” into politics, attempting to sway the Swedish elections. A year later, she publicly scolded world leaders in her 2019... Continue Reading
Remembering this Classic Volume and Its Current Relevance
A century ago this important work appeared.
Liberal theology is not another type of Christianity but something altogether different. Machen had to fight this on many fronts during his career, including having to leave the increasingly liberal Princeton Seminary after 23 years to form Westminster Theological Seminary. And of course things are no different today and perhaps even worse. Modern forms of... Continue Reading
They Think We’re Cannibals
Lessons from Jim Elliot’s martyrdom, 68 years later
When Elisabeth Elliott returned to the jungle in 1958, after subsequent missionaries had made successful contact with the Huaorani, the tribe told her they’d speared the five men because they thought they were cannibals. Reading back through the men’s journals after this revelation is like going back to the beginning of the movie and noticing... Continue Reading
10 Truths Jesus Holds About Scripture
Jesus Identified Scripture as the “Word of God.”
Jesus’ identity is bound up in the Word of God. He is the Word made flesh. The trustworthiness of the Bible is inextricably tied to the trustworthiness of Jesus. If the Word of God is not trustworthy, neither is Jesus, and if Jesus is not trustworthy, neither are the Scriptures. To follow Jesus, we must... Continue Reading