Evangelicalism in the 1970s and 80s—Scripture’s Inerrancy and Errant Evangelicals (Part 1)
Many who abandoned the foundational evangelical belief in the inerrancy of Scripture took the evangelical label with them and expanded it to allow for their belief in “limited inerrancy.”
More than a decade before Newsweek declared 1976 the “Year of the Evangelicals,” the coalition of conservative Protestants had already begun to break apart…Evangelicals were engaged in a Battle for the Bible. Few periods of the last century were more destructive, realigning, reshaping, and redefining of Evangelicalism than the decade and a half beginning in... Continue Reading
Behold the Days are Coming
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
However much we who love Jesus may want to, we don’t get to redefine the words of Scripture to make them more palatable. We don’t get to embrace various ideologies that lead to a view of the person that destroys and then throws it away. We can’t take our own ideas of goodness and impose... Continue Reading
Our Problem Isn’t Simply “Racism,” It’s “Otherism”
Even if every man on the planet was physically identical to every other man, we’d still find some way to separate from one another. Our “otherism” is that hardwired into our fallen human nature.
All of us favor “our own”. There are “otherists” in every profession, organization and social group. Wherever there are people, you’ll find this kind of behavior, although our “otherism” will probably be expressed differently depending on the group, situation or historical context. Racism is perhaps the simplest form of “otherism” because it is based on the... Continue Reading
“The Shadowy Nature of Theonomy”? A Reply to Batzig
God’s Kingdom not only includes the church, but also extends beyond the church.
The term theonomy implies nothing more than the application of God’s Law to all of life. It is true that the sundry laws of the Old Testament expired with the state of that people, but the Westminster Confession of Faith clearly teaches that the general equity of the Old Testament law did not expire with... Continue Reading
A Modest Proposal for a Digital World
Taking disciplined time away from screens may not be the only way to live in the digital world without being conformed to it, but it is one good way. Over time, the gravitational pull of our phones may grow weaker, and we may find ourselves drawn into a different, far better orbit: the bright, life-giving... Continue Reading
Deconstructing in the Digital Age
It was media that undermined my faith, and media that helped me rebuild.
a I probably wouldn’t have deconstructed my faith if it wasn’t for YouTube. On the other hand, I don’t know if I would still be a Christian today if it weren’t for podcasts. Growing up as an only child and experiencing tremendous suffering, I dove into my faith early looking for answers, meaning, and... Continue Reading
When Critical Theory and Perverse Sexuality Collide
All is not well in the world of the rainbow coalition.
We need to see gender theory as it parlays into trans activism in the same light—a pseudo-scholarly justification for destroying parental rights and exposing children to sexual perverts and medical profiteers. Mermaids, the UK activist charity pressing for transgender treatment for minors, has been in the headlines recently. First, the group has been trying to... Continue Reading
Don’t Look Now But Your “Reformed” Theology Might Not Be Confessional
If we are to recapture objective confessional theology, we must stop confusing Reformed theology with individual Reformed theologians.
There has not just been a blurring of Reformed confessional boundaries but, also, some churches and presbyteries have intentionally erased their doctrinal walls of protection. None of this is surprising once we consider that the formal teaching of systematic theology has at many institutions been relegated to historians rather than theologians. This phenomenon has opened... Continue Reading
Why has the Church Not Spoken Out?
A crisis is a test. With tests, some pass and some fail. There will be a cleansing, a purification of the Church as there was during all the great trials of history.
Whether we believe in God or not, let’s not be afraid of what’s coming. We probably deserve it; in fact we most likely deserve worse. But rather let’s peacefully resist for what is clearly right, good and beautiful because the Human spirit has been victorious ever since our Lord, God and Savior became man and... Continue Reading
Why is the Toy Market Targeting Adults?
Toy companies are expanding special lines of products that appeal to kidults.
The appearance of the kidult is troubling from several non-economic perspectives. It speaks of the state of a decadent culture that embraces childish and immature things. Childhood is a transitory state through which all pass. It can be a time of innocence and happiness where everything is full of wonder and freshness. However, it is... Continue Reading