What the Jubilee of Aquinas Says About Rome and Roman-Protestant Relations (in Some Quarters)
Of great concern is that the movement to promote the teachings of Thomas Aquinas has been welcomed by some Protestant academics.
Some of the Reformers quote Aquinas approvingly, but their doing so is not abundant or unqualified, and much less does it suggest a praise of his person or a general commendation of his doctrine. The contemporary advocates of studying Thomas sometimes make it sound like the Reformers (and Puritans, et al) were Thomistic to the... Continue Reading
On Being For and Against
Almost all important choices involve being for something and against other things. And in the culture wars, there really is no way of getting around this.
We need to think of finding creative and positive ways in which to make our case, especially in the culture wars. These folks are right to suggest that we should be known more for what we champion than what we resist. But in most of these contentious issues of the day, to be for something... Continue Reading
Why do Christians not Just Say Sorry?
What most want is not a mere sorry, but the extraction of an apology as an admission of guilt from which a series of retributive actions can then be established.
If we are calling for an apology but we all know that apology will only lead to further calls for greater sanctions, who is going to apologise? Particularly, it bears saying, who is going to apologise if they are only tangentially related? Even if an apology might be well received, or helpful in some way,... Continue Reading
Why I Am Not A Christian Nationalist
I don’t think it’s wise to describe myself as a Christian nationalist when some of the people who embrace that label are completely unbiblical.
Christian nationalists should stop making the fallacious claim that conservative Christians who reject Christian nationalism do not want Christian nations. Just as people can reject the concept of antiracism while hating racism, Christians can reject the concept of Christian nationalism while wanting Christian nations. We were all unfamiliar with the term “Christian nationalism” until... Continue Reading
If we preach lectio continua, we must deal with whatever doctrines the text presents.
When pastors do topical series, I suspect they will not choose passages that they find theologically difficult or problematic. For example, how many pastors ignore passages that deal with the doctrine of election? If we preach lectio continua, we must deal with whatever doctrines the text presents. We don’t have time for hobbyhorses, unless of... Continue Reading
A Church without God Is Dead on Arrival
A civically focused ecclesial institution cannot replace our increasingly empty churches.
A church without God, prayer, or the Bible; a church for fellowship not faith, service not sacraments: that’s supposedly what lonely Americans need. Yet can such a civically focused ecclesial institution, or set of institutions, replace our increasingly empty (or repurposed) churches? In fact, they already exist, and have proved just as incapable of replacing the... Continue Reading
Beautiful Gospel Centered Ministry in the PCA
Old School Confessional Presbyterians need to be more intentional in the language they use to describe themselves and communicate their goals in the PCA.
We need to do better by the Reformed faith. We should not shun words like beautiful, nuance, winsome, and missional, but find ways to use them and use them properly: to extol the virtues of the Westminster Standards as a philosophy of ministry and summary of the Scripture’s teaching. Language shapes the way people think and heavily influences... Continue Reading
How C.S. Lewis Predicted the Forced “Pronoun” Push — and Showed Us How to Respond
The famous British author and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis never lived to see the days of “ze/zir” descend on Western civilization. But in his prescience, he articulated the stakes of speaking truthfully, even if the culture demands otherwise, in the book A Horse and His Boy.
Why should we, as Christians, talk “slaves’ and fools’ talk”? For that’s exactly what these twisted pronouns are: The talk of slaves to gender ideology and the utterances of fools who go along with it. Bree also gets at another important aspect of the debate — men who want to be referred to as “she/her” aren’t... Continue Reading
Is the Tide Turning on Religious Belief?
Despite the dour statistics about declining church attendance, religious faith seems to be experiencing a revival. What role did the New Atheists ironically play in it? And what is its future?
After tides ebb, they flow. Low tides are followed by high tides. This is the central metaphor in Justin Brierley’s new book, The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God. “In this book I will make a bold proposition—that Matthew Arnold’s long, withdrawing Sea of Faith is beginning to reach its farthest limit and that we... Continue Reading
The Bible Is A Historical Document
And why that's frustrating for everyone.
In order for the Bible to be coherent, we really do need to have some insight into their world. It’s not that someone needs to understand their ancient setting in order to understand what the Bible is teaching, but many pieces of the full Biblical puzzle will remain missing until you start to dive into their... Continue Reading