David C. Lachman (1939-2023): A Tribute
“A gentleman and a scholar”—the twin term seems oft so trite. Nevertheless, it is an apt description of David C. Lachman.
Dr. David C. Lachman (27 October, 1939 – 27 August, 2023) went to be with the Lord at the age of 83, after a period of slow decline beginning in 2018. He died peacefully in his own bed at his home of 41 years in Wyncote, PA, surrounded by his wife and three children. He... Continue Reading
A Hand on My Shoulder: Meeting the Man Who Led My Dad to Jesus
At my Dad’s funeral service Sam Doherty’s name was mentioned with gratitude for his clear and courageous witness, the name of a relative stranger making it in to a brief eulogy.
Spending an hour with Sam and Sadie was a privilege that few people get to enjoy. To be in the presence of a relative stranger who stepped up and spoke up for Jesus to a late loved one is most likely not a common experience. At the end of my visit I got a photograph... Continue Reading
The Otranto Martyrs
Galateo, who was also a physician, philosopher, and astronomer, continued his account by affirming the faithfulness of the people.
Gedik Ahmed Pasha didn’t give the people a third choice. It was conversion or death – possibly because of the murder of the Turkish ambassador. Many citizens of Otranto were able to barricade themselves inside the local cathedral, where their bishop, Stefano Agricoli, led them in prayer. But the Turks soon conquered the church, captured... Continue Reading
A Plea for Our Girls
God’s plan for our girls is to grow into strong, virtuous daughters who are as “corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace” (Psalm 144:12).
In our times, these biblical distinctives will cause our girls to stand out against the culture and frankly, that’s hard for our girls, who just want to fit in. What is the church to do? Be the adults and refuse to let this culture steal away our girls. Our girls need to be celebrated, valued,... Continue Reading
My Complicated Feelings about Tim Keller
My experience with Tim and Kathy Keller and evangelicalism shows how complex human relationships can be.
It was his focus on the eternal issues of life—of issues of meaning—that really hooked me. Nowhere else was anybody I knew talking about these things in the way that Tim was. He illustrated his points through philosophy, art, pop culture and yes, the Bible. But it was a Bible I had never been introduced... Continue Reading
Gods, Fathers, and Pastors
On magistrates and ministers in Peter Martyr Vermigli’s 'Common Places'.
Even as magistrates are subject to the correction of ministers, ministers are subject to the governance of magistrates as to temporals (i.e., just laws and sanctions) as citizens. Contra the Papist position, ministers are not above or outside the law. But so too are ministers subject to magistrates as to their “function” per the religious... Continue Reading
We Need More than an Accidental Faith
Evidential apologists like me hope that our work will help others to have a richer faith that is built on both a trust IN Jesus as Savior and a sure knowledge THAT this trust is not misplaced.
My rather sterile investigation of the gospels lead me to believe THAT Jesus was God and THAT He died for my sins and I certainly accepted His offer of Salvation. But while I considered myself “saved,” I seemed to trust Jesus for little else. I knew it was time to stretch, to step out in... Continue Reading
The Teachings of Neo-Pagan Masculinity
The idea of manhood in community, masculinity as primarily (or at least heavily) about a man’s relationship with other men.
I reject the idea that there’s no link between being a good man and being good at being a man. God created men, so the moral dimension is always present. At the same time, that morality can’t be divorced from the other qualities men were created to exhibit. Nevertheless, the idea of “good at being... Continue Reading
Review of ‘Impossible Christianity’
Impossible Christianity will challenge our unbiblical pre-conceptions whilst giving us hope and joy that the Christian life is actually possible.
DeYoung’s main premise is that the Christian life is not impossible, even if we have been led to believe it is. Two culprits are: 1) an inaccurate portrait of life with God, and 2) an unbiblical understanding of our limitations. He reminds us of a comforting truth: we cannot care about everything. We are not... Continue Reading
Calvin Wasn’t Antichrist
It is not heresy to assign more responsibility to magistrates.
Christian princes are not church officers, insisted Calvin, but they have “obtained” by God’s sovereign decree. Like David, they should be versed in God’s law in order to apply it justly throughout the nation, leaving the administration of the sacraments and preaching to those with ministerial callings. Calvin’s view resonated with many in Britain where history... Continue Reading