January 2008 Archives

Shaking the System: What I Learned from the Great American Reform Movements

Article by   January 2008
Holed up in the Applied Electronics Laboratory on the Stanford campus with several hundred other students, Stafford protested the secret research being done by the Defense Department to advance the Vietnam War. Though his motivations, as he admits, were at... continue

English Hypothetical Universalism: John Preston and the Softening of Theology

Article by   January 2008
I have to declare my interest in this type of book up front. It is just the kind of book I like to read: puritan history, intricate debates on predestination, the subtle nuances of the lapsarian controversy (it barely occasions... continue

UnChristian: What a New Generation Thinks about Christianity...and Why It Matters

Article by   January 2008
Ever since Augustine penned the classic City of God, City of Man, the Church has wrestled with the question of how to be the Church in the world. Throughout the ages, the pendulum swings along a predictable trajectory. At one... continue

Tying the Knot Tighter: Because Marriage Lasts a Lifetime

Article by   January 2008
Once again, author and biblical counselor Martha Peace (along with pastor John Crotts) has delivered up a resource that is worth close examination, this time for Christian couples. Tying the Knot Tighter: Because Marriage Lasts a Lifetime could be... continue

(Re)Thinking Worldview: Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in the World

Article by   January 2008
One, two, three, four... ten...twenty...twenty-eight! As I sit to write this review, I find myself surrounded by a great cloud of worldview books. Twenty-eight to be painstakingly exact! Some of these books claim to help one "build a Christian... continue

Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music

Article by   January 2008
"In the midst of this breathtaking praise of creation, the speechless paean of the cosmos to its Creator, the Christian faith dares to affirm that a creature, Homo sapiens, is given a singular calling: not simply to acknowledge the... continue

Modern Parables: Living in the Kingdom of God (Cinematic Theology)

Article by   January 2008
I have to admit that I am pretty skeptical when it comes to "Christian" films. Too often, films producers major on the "Christian" part and leave the art of good filmmaking and story behind. Too often they are cheesy, sappy,... continue

The Living Church: Convictions of a Lifelong Pastor

Article by   January 2008
If you're looking for something theologically deep, this is not it. Instead, what we have here is John Stott dreaming of what he desires the church to reflect. The occasion was the 150th anniversary of the dedication of one... continue

Islam and the West

Article by   January 2008
For the last four years I have had the privilege of teaching church history at a Reformed confessional seminary. Our seminary curriculum is unique in that we require students enrolled in the Master of Divinity program to complete four church history courses. The courses are arranged chronologically beginning with the Ancient Church, followed by the Medieval Church, the Reformation, and the Church in the Modern Age. Some have argued that so many courses in church history are unnecessary for students training for ministry, and those precious and limited classroom hours should be devoted to more directly applicable disciplines. However, I am convinced that history is very applicable for helping us understand our own time and place. continue

A Good Creed Seldom Goes Unpunished

Article by   January 2008
On the issue of creeds, the evangelical world often seems absolutely divided into two broad camps: There are those who are so passionately committed to a particularly narrow view of scripture's sufficiency that they not only deny the need for creeds and confessions but regard them as actually wrong, an illegitimate attempt to supplement scripture or to narrow the Christian faith in doctrinal or cultural ways beyond the limits set by scripture itself. Then there are those whose view of creeds and confessions is so high that any other theological statement, and sometimes even the Bible itself, seems to be of secondary importance. Neither group, I believe, really does the creeds justice. continue

The Westminster Confession of Faith Today

Article by   January 2008
Confessions are doctrinal summaries of the Bible's teaching. They are written by the Church for the Church and the world. They are written for the world because churches with creeds and confessions are trying to be honest about themselves. These doctrinal statements announce that this is a church that has beliefs and is willing to list the most important ones for all to see. This is the very thing that cults and sects refuse to do. When they arrive at your door on Saturday mornings they discuss all things peripheral; their pamphlets hide what they believe and so do their websites. continue
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