February 2012 Archives

How to Listen to a Sermon

Article by   February 2012
During the past thirty-five years I have heard more than three thousand sermons. Since I have worshiped in Bible-teaching churches all my life, most of those sermons did me some spiritual good. Yet I wonder how many of them helped me as much as they should have. Frankly, I fear that far too many sermons passed through my eardrums without registering in my brain or reaching my heart. continue

The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams

Article by   February 2012
The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams by Heath Lambert (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011) It may surprise some that the brief history of biblical counseling is a complex one considering its fairly straightforward premise that the Bible is the sufficient... continue

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? A Review

Article by   February 2012
Dr. C. John Collins, professor of Old Testament at Covenant Seminary, has written a book that deals with a subject that may turn out to be a watershed issue for many within evangelical and reformed groups. Although Collins argues for the historicity of Adam and Eve, the way the argument is presented raises significant concerns not only for the interpretation of Scripture, but also for the character and authority of Scripture. The purpose of this review will be to try to lay out the argument of the book and then to show the problems and implications of the argument. continue

Trevin Wax, Counterfeit Gospels

Article by   February 2012
If you asked ten different churchgoers to define the gospel, you may very well receive ten substantially different definitions. Increasingly, churchgoers are confused about what the term "gospel" means. Trevin Wax has written a helpful and timely book in Counterfeit Gospels that seeks to present a clear definition of the gospel while setting it apart from common deviations. continue

The Vatican Files no. 9

Article by   February 2012
"The New Evangelization" is the buzzword for much of what happens at the Vatican. It could well become the catchword of Ratzinger's entire pontificate given the attention that is receiving. Benedict XVI instituted a new Pontifical Council in 2010 entirely dedicated to the New Evangelization. The latter is mentioned in nearly all his speeches and is slowly but steadily becoming the overarching theme of many projects sponsored by the Vatican. continue

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

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Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Crossway Publishers, 464 p). One of the tricky things with writing book reviews is not repeating what other reviewers have already said. A very fine article has already been... continue

No Uncertain Sound (Mostly)

Article by   February 2012
It is surely beyond dispute that, for good or ill, Martyn Lloyd-Jones is the pivotal figure in British evangelicalism in the twentieth century. Americans may plump for John Stott or Jim Packer; but the latter would not have been the man he was without the Doctor; and in British circles Stott was a sufficiently ambiguous figure to attenuate his influence. From British evangelicalism's varied institutions - Tyndale House, the Banner of Truth Trust, UCCF, the BEC, the FIEC, London Bible College, London Theological Seminary - to its renewed emphasis on the centrality of prophetic, doctrinal preaching, to the acrimonious split between Anglicans and non-conformists, the Doctor was a central factor in them all. continue
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