November 2008 Archives

A Book You'll Actually Read

Article by   November 2008
Ministers both within and outside of the Reformed world commonly face two challenges: a biblically-illiterate congregation and a missional context that is almost completely ignorant of even the most basic tenets of the Christian faith. continue

Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction

Article by   November 2008
Country music megastar John Rich enlisted Johnny Cash on the side of McCain during the 2008 presidential election. "I'm sure Johnny Cash," Rich told a crowd of Florida concert goers, "would have been a John McCain supporter if he was still around." Rosanne Carter Cash, who is still around, doesn't quite see her father in the same way. continue

Why is the Old Testament shut out of church?

Article by   November 2008
I don't want to begin this lecture by spiritualizing a text but...the Old Testament is good bit like Jephthah the Gileadite in Judges 11:1-3. His brothers so much as booted him out of their father's household because of his illegitimate birth. That's the way it is with the Old Testament in much of the contemporary church. continue

Reformed, Young, and Motivated...But to What?

Article by   November 2008
Reformed Theology has arguably had a humble revival in recent years. Who would have thought that the Reformed "mega-church' in Seattle, (I'm thinking of Mars Hill) would have reformed works found on the shelves of Wal Mart supermarkets? continue

Trapped in Neverland

Article by   November 2008
Numerous incidents over recent years have brought the sad effect of all this home to me. As a professor at university and seminary, I have had too many run-ins with students who act like five year olds and, when held to account, express all the pouting resentment that one comes to expect from a generation that demands respect but refuses to put in the time and effort to earn it. continue

Surveying the Wondrous Cross: The Atonement in Church History

Article by   November 2008
As with so many aspects of theology, the church has had to wrestle with the doctrine of the atonement. While the elements for a proper and full understanding of the atonement were readily at hand for theologians in the early church, it would take maturity and sometimes even controversy for the church to come to a clear grasp of just what it was that Scripture told us about the atoning death of Christ. continue
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