Review: “Omphalos: An Attempt to Untie the Geological Knot”
Did God create the earth with functional maturity?
The book was an apologetic exercise in harmonizing the position that creation occurred several thousand years ago with the presence of geologic structures that seemingly suggested a longer timeframe. Although the book is quite long, the central premise is easy to describe. Gosse’s observations led him to believe that the mature forms of all natural... Continue Reading
Laboring for Christ in Obscurity: Reflections on “The Alpinist”
If you could only accomplish great things for the glory of God but no one but you and God would know, would you still put in all the work necessary to accomplish those things?
At one point in the documentary, Marc-Andre looks up at this massive mountain covered with snow and says, “One of the coolest feelings that a human can experience is to feel so small in a world that’s so big.” When we seek glory for ourselves it crushes our ability to wonder and marvel because we... Continue Reading
Lessons from “One Life”
We can all learn much from this film.
As I say, believers can sometimes wonder what sort of life they are living. The truth is, for most of us, the full and final revelation of what good we may have done and what lives we may have impacted or even helped save (spiritually speaking) will have to wait for the next world. Who... Continue Reading
9 Reasons You May Be in a Spiritual Drought—and How to Find Refreshment
What keeps us moving through the desert is knowing for certain that an oasis lies over the next hill.
The Galatians experienced the freedom and joy of the Holy Spirit, not by keeping commandments in order to gain salvation, but by hearing and believing a message—the gospel message. We are all in danger of drifting like these Galatians. After having received the Holy Spirit by faith, we attempt to perfect ourselves by the flesh... Continue Reading
The Resistance Will Be Organized
Anti-Trump evangelicals are very organized and well-funded.
One particular effort that Alberta highlights was the creation of a curriculum on politics targeting churches called “After Party.” After Party is a venture of Moore, French, and a Silicon Valley consultant named Curtis Chang. Chang had come out of nowhere to become a high profile voice calling on evangelicals to get vaccinated against Covid-19. He... Continue Reading
Christianity and Civilisation: Science
Science as we know it today would not be the same without its Christian roots.
“Some religions, like Judaism have made many contributions to the civilised world. Others have been much less involved in Western progress. As [historian Rodney] Stark and others have demonstrated, only those religions that have had a place for reason and logic have had a real impact on science, progress and technology. The Judeo-Christian worldview certainly... Continue Reading
B. B. Warfield, Thomas Witherow, and Presbyterian Polity
Review by B. B. Warfield: The Form of the Christian Temple: Being a Treatise on the Constitution of the New Testament Church. By Thomas Witherow.
Among the various puzzling questions that concern the organization of the local churches, Dr. Witherow threads his safe way with his usual judiciousness and sound exegetical tact. The nature of the eldership as an undifferentiated ruling-teaching office, the nature of the diaconate as essentially an office of service rather than of “ministry” in its higher... Continue Reading
From Running to Prayer
Dick Eastman’s: The Hour That Changes the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer.
Some segments are self-explanatory—praise, confession, praying Scripture, thanksgiving, and singing, to name a few; but other segments may need explanation. Waiting is the quieting of one’s heart. Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10, ESV). Watching is letting... Continue Reading
10 Key Bible Verses on Ministry
Christ gives specific spiritual gifts to people in the church whose primary mission is to minister the Word of God (Eph. 4:12).
1 Peter 5:3- not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. Peter now gives three exhortations to elders as to how they are to carry out the responsibilities entrusted to them: (1) elders are to “shepherd” the church gladly or willingly, in accord with God’s will, instead of doing it out of... Continue Reading
The Past, Present, and Future Aspects of the Lord’s Supper (Sproul)
The Lord’s Supper, as it was initiated, looked not just backward but forward.
Every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we think about the past, and we remember that there is a future for the people of God; that we are having a foretaste at the Lord’s Table of that ultimate fellowship we will have with Him in heaven. The Lord’s Supper is a rich sacrament full... Continue Reading