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Jesus Loves Me, This I Know...

On April 23, 1962, Karl Barth (the renown 20th Century Swiss-German, neo-orthodox theologian) spoke at Rockefeller Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago. Many have reported that, during the Q & A time, a student asked Karl Barth, if he could summarize...
Posted September 21, 2016 @ 12:29 PM by Nick Batzig

The Guilt of Pastoral Ministry

As I was re-reading a section of Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving, these words made a Facebook debut: "We asked our summit pastors, 'What obstacles stand in the way of your fruitful, growing walk with...
Posted September 20, 2016 @ 9:28 AM by Leon Brown

Validity, the Mind of God and Confessional Christianity

A while back I wrote a post on the parasitic nature of absurdity. Absurdity, as a concept, is only meaningful when set against a backdrop of rationality. Whenever we conclude something is absurd, however, we are not only judging it to...
Posted September 19, 2016 @ 1:08 PM by Bruce Baugus

Why Complementarianism Remains Important

Recent months have seen considerable controversy among conservative Christians around the topic of complementarianism, arising mainly from a false analogy between the subordination of wives to husbands and that of God the Son to God the Father. Depending on...
Posted September 19, 2016 @ 9:11 AM by Richard D. Phillips

On Burials and Bargains

Upon the surface, Genesis 23 seems rather curious in its choice of emphases. In the terse space of a single verse it records Sarah's death and Abraham's mourning (Gen. 23.2). The remaining twenty-odd verses (Gen. 23.3-20) of the chapter...
Posted September 16, 2016 @ 9:15 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Desiring to Rule Over Genesis 3:16

There are a number of reasons why I have been following with great interest the debate over the ESV's recent change of translation of Genesis 3:16 (see this and this). First, it is clear that the complementarianism debate will necessarily...
Posted September 15, 2016 @ 7:33 AM by Nick Batzig

Van Til's Critique of Barth's Christology (Part 1)

In the recent resurgence of interest in the theology of Karl Barth--particularly among evangelicals1--theologians of no mean significance have opined on Cornelius Van Til's writings about the dialectical theologian. Van Til, according to some, offered an "absurd"2 and "inept...
Posted September 14, 2016 @ 8:55 AM by James J. Cassidy

Playing the Nihilism Game

Eugene Thacker, in his Nihilistic masterwork In the Dust of This Planet offers a quote at the very beginning by Arthur Schopenhauer: "The life of every individual, viewed as a whole and in general, and when only its most significant features...
Posted September 13, 2016 @ 9:04 AM by Adam Parker

Abelard & Anselm; or How to Throw Yourself in Front of a Bus

Leon Morris once suggested that "the atonement is the crucial doctrine of the faith" and that "unless we are right here it matters little . . . what we are like elsewhere" (The Cross in the New Testament, p....
Posted September 9, 2016 @ 2:24 PM by Bruce Baugus

Should Christians Roar? 5 Questions about the Clemson "WeRoar" Prayer Protest

Last Friday, September 2, 2016, a group of students at Clemson University gathered to protest the suppression of free speech by campus officials. Christian evangelist Robbie Roberts had been removed from campus for sitting in a chair with a small...
Posted September 6, 2016 @ 2:12 PM by Richard D. Phillips

Praying Through the Scriptures: Genesis 1

Over the years it has been my practice, learned from others, to offer up praises and petitions framed by a passage of Scripture. Some of these passages were read in preparation for preaching, others offered material for meditation in...
Posted September 5, 2016 @ 5:44 PM by Chad Van Dixhoorn

A Valuable (or not) Historical Resource on Gender Roles

The last year or so has witnessed some controversy about the meaning and value of the term complementarianism (not to be confused with complimentarianism, which is belief in people who pay me compliments) to describe men and women's respective...
Posted September 1, 2016 @ 3:26 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Kierkegaard (of all people?) on Authority and Eloquence in Preaching

Søren Kierkegaard is surely one of the most influential and misunderstood influences on modern Western thought and especially contemporary theology. This is a bit surprising for someone who wrote in Danish and styled himself neither a philosopher nor a...
Posted August 31, 2016 @ 11:00 AM by Bruce Baugus

J. Alec Motyer: A Personal Remembrance

I left for England from Los Angeles in September 1977 because of one man and one book: J. I. Packer and Knowing God. Looking back, it was quite naïve of me to undertake such a journey knowing so little...
Posted August 30, 2016 @ 2:58 PM by Terry L. Johnson
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Reformation Worship Conference

Worship and the House of PrayerJoin us in Powder Springs, GA from October 20th to the 23rd for the 2016 Reformation Worship Conference. The speakers will include Carl Trueman, editor of Mortification of Spin; Jason Helopoulos, contributor for The...
Posted August 30, 2016 @ 9:32 AM by Editors

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