January 2012 Archives

The Vatican Files no. 8

Article by   January 2012
In the midst of various public events and engagements, the first day of 2012 saw the promulgation of a special Vatican document with particular reference to the former Anglicans wishing to be in full communion with Rome. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a decree which makes provisions for them to be fully accepted into the Roman fold. continue

Effective Group Bible Study

Article by   January 2012
It's six o'clock Wednesday evening. Your church's mid-week Bible study starts in one hour but you don't feel like going. The trouble is, you can't think of a fresh excuse and you don't dare to say what you, (and several others) would like to say: "Is this really what a Bible Study is supposed to be like?" continue

Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus+Nothing=Everything

Article by   January 2012
Even before the book came out, Jesus + Nothing = Everything had the perfect formula for a popular book: a catchy title that "just sounds right" (p. 25), an author with an intriguingly unique name (Tullian Tchividjian, pronounced cha-vi-jin), his... continue

Herman Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics--Abridged in One Volume, John Bolt (ed.)

Article by   January 2012
John Bolt accepted the unenviable challenge of editing an abridged volume of Herman Bavinck's magnum opus, the Reformed Dogmatics. While Bavinck's magisterial work encompasses four volumes, Dr. Bolt was required to select the most germane sections of these four volumes, and then to distill those sections down to their irreducible minimum and to give the reader the essence of each section. That made his challenge even more difficult. continue

Faith vs. Religion?

Article by   January 2012
In our day, unlike in the days of generations past, we have much too simplistic a view of what it means to believe something. In the world today, many people use the word believe to describe their feelings about something or describe a fleeting wish or hopeful desire. But as we consider the word belief, or faith, in its fullest biblical sense, we see that the word implies God's gracious act of giving and our humble act of receiving and resting on Christ alone, which involves our entire being: the heart, the mind, and the will continue

Oikos: A Case for Reviving the Household Economy

Article by   January 2012
My transition to pedobaptistry was remarkably smooth, but the investigation that brought me to it raised new questions. I could not help but think about the kind of life that existed under oikos where the father was master, the mother was a kind of domestic executor, and the children were successors in-training. There might have also been extended family in the household, as well as apprentices, hired labor and servants. It nagged on me. To think that, for thousands of years, the household enterprise was not only a social but an economic unit was both baffling and intellectually stimulating. continue

An Important and Positive Lesson from the Liberals (which you might not hear elsewhere)

Article by   January 2012
Readers of this column will know the various chips I have on my shoulders. At least I hope they do. I try to wear my chips with a certain amount of unapologetic panache, after all. One of them is disco music. Another is the middle-aged pastor with the soul patch. And one of the more serious is my conviction that the savvy use of modern media has created a situation whereby the great pastoral role models of today actually bear little resemblance to the experience of most pastors and are often, in fact, biblically deficient. continue
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