Logos at its Best

Article by   April 2014
Logos At Its Best: The Reformation At Your FingertipsAs one whose Th.M. thesis was typed on a "state of the art" IBM Selectric typewriter, I continue to marvel at some of the technological advances that have been made over the... continue

A Response to Rod Dreher's "Sex After Christianity"

Article by   April 2014
We live in a time of open opposition to the Christian faith in once "Christian America." Millennial Christians, raised in the church, are leaving us in droves and if the church does not begin to think clearly and cosmologically, a whole generation could be lost. Rod Dreher, a Roman Catholic journalist associated with the John Templeton Foundation, has written a must-read article entitled "Sex after Christianity: Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one." Dreher identifies the essence of the collapse of the "Christian" West; considers its dubious future, and suggests a way forward. continue

Noah

Article by   April 2014
Before beginning this review, I should make a confession.  Prior to Noah, I had never seen a Darren Aronofsky film before. Not Pi, not Requiem for a Dream, not Black Swan--none of them (though several of  his films are high... continue

Christ the King in His Suffering

Article by   April 2014
What does it mean for you that Jesus Christ is King? While many of us could give a good answer, perhaps not many of us would include the profound and powerful testimony of Scripture to Christ as King in his humiliation. This is the period described in the Apostles' Creed: he "suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; he descended into hell." Thinking through this time of earthly humiliation for Jesus, we might wonder whether his Kingship was evident at all. continue

Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment

Article by   April 2014
Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Counterpoints: Bible and Theology. Edited by Alan P. Stanley. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 234 pp. $17.99. This book, edited by Alan Stanley, addresses four major views on the role of... continue

Imaging the Image

Article by   April 2014
This month we want to focus on our status as "image of God," as we begin to think as well about its apologetic implications. Tenet 4 of our "Ten Tenets" says this: Man (male and female) as image of God is in covenant with the Triune God, for eternity. The Bible never gives us a definition of what "image of God" means. It uses the phrase in various contexts (e.g., Gen. 1:26-27, 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7, 15:49; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10; James 3:9), but it is not concerned to define it for us. Yet "image of God" is what sets us apart from every other created thing. How could it be, at one and the same time, so central to who we are and yet without a precise definition? continue

The Experience of God

Article by   March 2014
David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013, 365pp. + ix. $25.00/£18.99There is much to provoke, encourage, and worry about in David Bentley Hart's newest book. As it seems petty... continue

Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace

Article by   March 2014
Keith D. Stanglin and Thomas H. McCall, Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2012, 240pp. $24.99/£18.99Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall are well-trained scholars in historical theology, both receiving Ph.D. degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary after studying there with... continue

Embracing Religious Contradictions to Proclaim Christ Crucified: Tolerance and Coexistence

Article by   March 2014
Diversity. Respect. Tolerance. Coexistence. These are buzz-words for the twenty-first century. I remember the first time I saw a Coexist bumper sticker, around 2004 in Irvine, California. Coexist was spelled using symbols from various belief systems: a crescent moon for the C, a peace symbol for the o, male/female symbols were integrated into the e, the Star of David for the x, a Wiccan pentagram for the dot of the i, a yin-yang symbol for the s, and a cross for the t. I was mystified. I thought it was ingenious. I had never seen so many religions standing side by side to form a single word. continue

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

Article by   March 2014
George Marsden, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief. New York: Basic Books, 2014, pp. 264. $19.99/£14.99After World War II, a consensus about truth gave way to a consensus about the importance of... continue

Only Two Companies Hiring

Article by   March 2014
Of the Ten Tenets in a Covenantal approach to apologetics, we will focus, this month, on Tenet three. The Ten Tenets are these: 1. The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily include, the Triune God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- who, as God, condescends to create and to redeem. 2. God's covenantal revelation is authoritative by virtue of what it is, and any Covenantal, Christian apologetic will necessarily stand on, and utilize, that authority in order to defend Christianity. continue

Reconsidering Calvin

Article by   March 2014
Randall C. Zachman, Reconsidering John Calvin. Current Issues in Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, viii + 212pp. $29.99/£18.99This elegant little book formed the content of the Warfield Lectures given at Princeton Theological Seminary in October 2009 in honour of... continue

William Bridge's Ministry of Encouragement in A Lifting Up for the Downcast

Article by   March 2014
William Bridge was born about the year 1600 in Cambridgeshire, England. He entered Emmanuel College of Cambridge University, where he received his B.A. in 1623 and his M.A. in 1626. He became the rector of St. Peter's, Hungate, Norwich, where he was eventually suspended from preaching by Bishop Matthew Wren of the Church of England. Bridge left England to take refuge in Holland where he renounced his Church of England ordination, abandoned episcopal church polity, and was ordained as an independent minister. From there, he returned to England in 1642. He was a member of the Westminster Assembly, advocating independent church government in the debates over church polity. Bridge died at Clapham on March 12, 1670. continue

Housewife Theologian and Extravagant Grace

Article by   February 2014
Aimee Byrd. Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary (P&R, 2013), $12.99.Barbara Duguid. Extravagant Grace: God's Glory Displayed in Our Weakness (P&R, 2013), $12.99.As a pastor I am always keen to commend good books written by women. Two recent... continue

Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed?

Article by   February 2014
Austin Fischer, the 28 year-old Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas, has written an honest, intelligent, accessible book about why he is no longer Reformed. Lauded by the brightest stars in the Arminian firmament--Scot McKnight, Roger Olson, Greg Boyd, Rachel Held Evans--Fischer is to be commended for writing on such a difficult topic with disarming prose and without biting rancor. I can understand why Christians on the other side of this issue may feel like this is the Book They've Been Waiting For. Of course, given my position as an ordained Reformed pastor it will come as no surprise that I found his arguments ultimately unpersuasive and, in several instances, full of significant weaknesses. continue

Godly Republicanism

Article by   February 2014
Michael P. Winship. Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013, 339 pp. $45.00/£32.00Michael Winship's Godly Republicanism offers an engaging, meticulously-researched tale of the religious zealots whose conscientious scruples helped give birth... continue

Antinomianism: Reformed Theology's Unwelcome Guest?

Article by   February 2014
"You Just Might Be an Antinomian" A review of Mark Jones' Antinomianism: Reformed Theology's Unwelcome Guest? Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2013, 176pp, $15.00/£11.00 It's refreshing to read a book whose author has done his homework. Antinomianism is such a book, characterized both by... continue

Treading Through the Tenets:Cumulus Clouds or Cognitive Concrete?

Article by   February 2014
Last month we began to tread through the Ten Tenets of a covenantal apologetic. We began with a discussion of the importance of beginning our apologetic with the Triune God. This month, we'll expand on Tenet Two. Again, for those who have not read Covenantal Apologetics, the Ten Tenets are these: continue

The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential

Article by   February 2014
N. T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential. New York: HarperOne, 2013, 208 ppThere was a bit of hesitation when I was asked to write a review of N. T. Wright's book on the Psalms. People... continue

Two Tales of a Doctrine: Reviewing Definite Atonement

Article by   January 2014
This week we offer something slightly new. Tom McCall (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Aaron Denlinger (Reformation Bible College) each provide their own review of the new edited work by David and Jonathan Gibson. Tom and Aaron hold differing views on the issue but what they offer us is the opportunity to see how they each analyze the concerns and theological commitments that attend the history of definite atonement's development as well as the pastoral sensitivities that are bound up with the doctrine. continue
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