May 2014 Archives

Legalism is a Real Problem

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Legalism and self-righteousness are perennial problems that are endemic to the fallen condition of man. As Sinclair Ferguson has written, legalism "is embedded in the heart of man almost from the very day of his creation." (1) This is universally true of the unbeliever who, having neglected Christ, can only point to his or her own deeds for acceptance with God. But legalism is also a constant danger to the believer in Christ, who is constantly tempted to base his or her acceptance with God on moral or spiritual performance. continue

Jennings and Garner On the PCA's Response to Insider Movements

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Editors' Note: The Presbyterian Church in America's 42nd General Assembly will address the work of the Study Committee on Insider Movements (SCIM). For access to the SCIM reports of 2014, click here. However, given the global relevance of this question, in the next several weeks ahead of the Assembly, Rev. Nelson Jennings and Rev. David B. Garner will debate the theology and missiology of Insider Movements. We begin the series with two articles by Nelson Jennings and two articles by David Garner. continue

God in the Whirlwind

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David F. Wells, God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 266 pp. $19.99/£14.99Over the last twenty years, David Wells has established himself as the insider chronicler-in-chief of how the self-centered trivialization of... continue

Tullian's Trench

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My offer to publicly debate PCA Pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, still stands. If a recent "tweet" by Tchividjian is anything to go by ("Some critics are best answered with silence. Fruit quietly and confidently testifies of its root."), I doubt very much this will happen. Of course, that did not stop him from writing a rather strong response to a "housewife theologian," but I suppose he is free to pick his battles with those whom he (rather selectively) chooses. continue

Living By Revealed Truth

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Tom Nettles, Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Christian Focus, 2013, 700pp, £29.99/$38.00It would be going over the top to declare an interest, but perhaps an admission of sorts would be in order:... continue

How Jesus Became God: A Review

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Over the years, I have had the opportunity to review a number of Bart Ehrman's books, including, most recently, his volume Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors are Not Who We Think They Are (HarperOne, 2011). At the end of that review, I concluded with these words: [Ehrman] regularly goes beyond what the evidence can sustain. For this reason the book, like many of his others, comes across as more autobiographical than academic; more polemical than historical. Ehrman still seems to be chasing the ghosts of his evangelical past. One wonders how many more books he will need to write before they go away. continue

Transcendence

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Transcendence is the latest in a long line of films which peer into the shadows of the technological future and try to prefigure the darkness and/or wonderment that could wait for us there. It stars Johnny Depp as Will Caster,... continue

If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis

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Alister McGrath, If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life. Tyndale, 2014. 256 pages. Hardcover. $17.99Back in 2010, C. S. Lewis scholar Michael Ward pulled off a publishing... continue

Our Phlegmatic Façade

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As we move now half-way through our Ten Tenets, the next tenet we want to keep in mind in our apologetic is, in some significant ways, central. So, it is fitting that it appears at the "center" of our list. Tenet 5 is this: All people know the true God, and that knowledge entails covenantal obligations. continue
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