March 2012 Archives

Postmodernity, The Emergent Church, and the Reformation

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Like the majority of DTS graduates, my friend was theologically precise, socially conservative, and winsomely evangelical. Five years later the clean-cut youth pastor now sported a fashionable goatee, had shed the "traditional" ministry career track in favor of opportunities which he described as "out of the box", and was fascinated by progressive theologians wrestling with the ideological challenges of postmodernity. My friend had undergone a radical transformation and what emerged was my first confrontation with a self-conscious postmodern Christian. His experience, like many others, was an awakening stirred by the unassailable effects of a massive intellectual and cultural paradigm shift. continue

John Piper, Bloodlines

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John Piper, Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian (Crossway 2011, 295 pp.)There are fewer things more distressing than racial division within the Christian church.  Yet racial division has plagued the church from the beginning.  Whether one considers the apparent antagonism between... continue

Pragmatism

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The former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling (he of the white hair and black eyebrows), has written a memoir of his time at No.11 Downing Street. It's called Back from the Brink and provides a fascinating insight into the economic and political troubles the Labour government faced from 2007 to May 2010. continue

How Jesus Runs the Church

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Guy Prentiss Waters, How Jesus Runs the Church (Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2011, 178 pp.) The foreword to this very timely and useful book was written by Dr. T. David Gordon. He relates that, for approximately a decade, he... continue

The Glorious Fault of Angels and of Gods: Ungodly Reflections on Alister Chapman's John Stott

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While for me, J I Packer and Dr Lloyd-Jones are the most important British evangelicals of the last hundred years, there is no doubt that, in terms of world impact, it is John Stott who looms largest for the current generation. His life shaped so much of modern world evangelicalism: the Lausanne movement; the current interest in social justice; and the understanding of the church's mission as involving both word and action as non-negotiable partners. For good or for ill, he is a key figure. continue

Union with Christ

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Robert Letham, Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology (P&R Publishing, 2011), xii + 164 pp.In this volume Robert Letham takes up the grandest of all salvation truths, the Christian's union with Christ. After a short introduction, the book... continue

The Vatican Files no. 10

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Opening the Pontifical Yearbook is not an easy task. This thick book of more than 2350 pages contains all sorts of information about who's who in the Vatican and what happens there. Despite the practical problems of handling this tome, it is nonetheless a mine of precious information about the center of the Roman Church and the Vatican city. continue
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